There are blogs that I like, and blogs that I love. There are blogs that I read and think, wow, this person is the bomb and I love what they are doing and I wish I had done some of that too. Those are rare. Joanne’s is one of them.
The Tiniest Tiger has been a voice for conservation for years. By drawing parallels between our feline friends in the foyer and the majestic cats on the prowl in the wild, Joanne brings home issues that are near and dear to my heart. And because she is smart and stylish as well as awesome, she has designed a really fantastic line of bags that are thoughtfully designed, cute (and I am a hard to please purse person), and, as you know if you’ve been following her blog, in the hands of lots and lots of animal loving celebrities after a second appearance at a major red carpet event- first the Oscars, then the Grammys. She has her act together.
Do you see the swag?
Do you see the BAG? She managed to get it so the dogs are part of the quilting. That is just awesome and I’ve already taken mine to my kids’ school, which was a bad idea because I had to fight off a room full of girls who all tried to rip it off my shoulder. Nice try, ladies. I took aikido for years.
Perhaps you would like one for yourself. You could wear it majestically, like HRH King Brody:
Dignified despite his yellow flower no-stink collar, which I love and refuse to take off him.
Or you could keep it for yourself, as I did. Either way, we have one Canine Cool Hipster to give away today in honor of this auspicious product launch. You’ll be stylin’ just like the VIPS on the red carpet, since your bag will come with all the same extras!
All you have to do in order to enter is leave a comment- perhaps a caption of what Brody is thinking, if you’re stuck for ideas and join the Rafflecopter giveaway. To make it easy on the shipping this one is US only. Good luck!
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There are multiple sites giving these away, so feel free to enter them all!
Welcome to Giveaway Tuesday, where we offer you the chance to win a cool prize for your favorite spoiled pets. Today, we have a 10-Pack of Low Odor Bully Sticks From Doggyloot. (This prize is not affected by the current recall. I checked.)
I’m already in a lot of trouble from flash sites: Gilt, the Clymb, just to name a few. A good deal is pretty irresistible. And now there’s a new pet flash site to suck up your disposable income: Doggyloot is a flash sales site where you can discover new dog treats, chews, toys and other essentials at up to 75% off retail price. Plus there’s free shipping on every order.
Here are the details on our PAWsome giveaway:
1. PRIZE: One winner will get a pack of 10 six-inch low-odor bully sticks from doggyloot – a $42 value! You know those things are expensive, so the winner’s going to be one happy pup.
2. ENTRY: All you have to do to enter is join doggyloot through this link: https://doggyloot.com/pawcurious-giveaway-0912 and leave a comment below that you entered. You’ll then have access to their exclusive, members-only deals – they run great new products every day!
3. WINNER: Content closes on Tuesday. We’ll choose one winner and announce it on Wednesday, October 3nd. Good luck!This contest is only available to new doggyloot members, but we’d love to hear about your favorite doggyloot products below. I like the Vetericyn, myself.
I admit, with no shame, that I’m an online shopping fanatic. Amazon, Zappos, you name it, I love it. It’s so much easier that driving to the mall, finding a spot, trying to find what you want, learning it’s out of stock, blah blah blah.
Of course, the other fun thing about online shopping is indulging that competitive “who’s got the best price” itch and finding something, anything, to type into that “Promotional Code” box. Free shipping. 10% off. I’ll take whatever you got.
I can’t bring myself to hit “place order” without at least checking if someone, somewhere, has a little coupon code. It’s funny, because I was never a coupon clipper of actual paper coupons. Too much work, finding scissors, sorting the ones you want, keeping them in a baggie, nope, don’t do it. If it sounds lazy, it is. I know this. But doing a quick online scan and hitting cut and paste- that’s my speed. CouponCabin, one of my go-tos for that ever welcome Valid Code, estimates the average code takes 90 seconds to obtain on their site.
We can shop for anyone and anything online these days, including our pets. Petco has teamed up with CouponCabin to offer oodles of offers to save on everything from cat trees to ferret food, and to draw your attention to that fact, they are also offering one $50 Petco gift card to one lucky pawcurious reader.
So let’s look at what they are saying here, that the average user saves $32. That’s a couple tubes of Advantage, or a bag of good food from one of their super premium lines, or a big bag of that awesome Cat Attract litter that got Apollo to stop his inappropriate elimination. Good stuff. Stuff I use. Stuff you could use, even if you don’t win the gift card. Viva la online coupons!
To enter, just leave a comment below as to what you would buy with a $50 Petco card and then click enter on Rafflecopter. Aquarium plants? A Halloween hotdog costume? Inquiring minds want to know.
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I received no compensation for this post and the opinion stated here is that of my own. I was not influenced in any way. By entering this promotion, each participant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor and its parent companies, affiliates and subsidiaries and their respective representatives, officers, directors, shareholders, agents and employees from and against any injuries, losses, damages, claims, actions or liability of any kind resulting from or arising from participation in this promotion.
or, TLDR: No one paid me for this and you won’t sue anyone if you use the coupon to buy pigs ears and your dog gets pancreatitis from it. No one here told you to do that.
Brody’s dog bed was turning into a sad and sorry thing, a tattered vestige that much like Linus’s blanket, he didn’t want to part with despite its obvious state of despair. I’d try to hide it, and he would go drag it out of the closet and back to the bedroom. Every time I thought about throwing it out, he’d follow me with such a concerned look that I couldn’t bring myself to toss it, despite it being a bed only in the most academic of senses by this point.
So when PetDreams.com, a manufacturer of really nice dog beds, offered me a bed to review in conjunction with a giveaway, I said, “Great!” As much as I like doing giveaways for you all, I have been backing off on product reviews because we just don’t need much at this point. But dog beds, well, there is something we could use.
I was so excited when the bed arrived: a sage green plush Ortho-Bliss memory foam bed. When he was younger and still sleeping in his crate, Brody got a small hygroma from lying on a crate pad that wasn’t quite plush enough; it was shortly after that we switched to fluffier beds. Compared to his current bed, this is a Cadillac.
I actually sat on it for a few minutes myself to see if it was really as dense and springy as it felt. It actually feels just like a Tempur-Pedic and is much heavier than the usual egg shell pads I’ve felt in the past. Considering how much time Brody’s spent sprawled out on my memory foam mattress, I figured, this might finally be the ticket to getting him away from that old bed.
He certainly seemed enthused. He immediately came over to investigate as I spread it out in the living room.
Koa, whose bed is still in working order due to her propensity to just flop on the carpet next to the kids’ beds, seemed disinterested. That is, until she got a closer look. Did someone say memory foam?
Poor Brody never had a chance. Old labs win every time. Guess this means I have to buy another.
But you, lucky readers, have not one but TWO chances to win your very own awesome bed that will inspire envy from the household. Pet Dreams is offering two winners the choice of the following best sellers from the site:
S, L or XL PURPLE BUMPER BED
S SAGE BUMPER BED
S SEA FOAM CRATEWEAR SET
S DENIM SLEEPEEZ
S or M or XXL KHAKI CRATEWEAR
S DENIM SLEEPEEZ
L PLUSH BLUE CRATEWEAR
XS HUNTER GREEN SLEEPEEZ
XL HUNTER GREEN CRATEWEAR
Lots of ways to enter, starting by leaving a comment as to who in your house would like to win the bed. For the most chances, like Pet Dreams on Facebook and follow them on Twitter! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.
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I think many of you will remember the post and giveaway we did a few months back with Healthy Goo, a product designed to help pets with allergic disease. The response was great and it’s clear there is a huge need for more options for people to manage their pet’s allergic disease.
With their success, the people at Goo are busily developing new products to help pets live long and well. I’m happy today to have another giveaway and share a little about the latest product, Goo Gut Rescue.
I’m not sure we’ll ever know everything there is to know about how the body works, but we’re getting there. In recent years, people have become increasingly aware of the many roles the gut plays in so many aspects of health. It’s more than just a semipermeable tube through which food and water are absorbed; the small and large intestines are incredibly sophisticated organs that can take a decent amount of abuse, but when they’re thrown off kilter, it’s no fun.
We do lots of things to try and throw them off course. We eat high fat foods that overwork the pancreas and end up with nasty GI inflammation as a result. We eat weird chemicals that the body doesn’t always know what to do with. We take antibiotics to deal with an infection, and kill off all the healthy bacteria that keep the gut working properly.
Over the last few years, there have been an increasing number or products hitting the market to fill the demand for a probiotic for dogs. The old “give them some probiotic yogurt” recommendation, which for a while was the best we had to offer, isn’t the best choice since a dog’s gut flora is quite different from that of a human, and in my experience clients using a product designed specifically for dogs have experienced better results.
A happy gut is a hungry gut, at least if you're a retriever.
Goo Gut Rescue, developed by board certified veterinary dermatologist Dr. Kristin Holm, is a supplement designed to help dogs with a compromised GI tract, such as those on a course of antibiotics, NSAIDs, or those who have been ill recently, to return to a more healthy state.
Ingredients: Let me sum up. Goo Gut Rescue combines probiotics, prebiotics, and an array of fatty acid supplements in a peanut butter vehicle to help restore and maintain GI health. It also contains low levels of common food allergens to build tolerance to these problem antigens- similar to the desensitization we do with environmental allergens, but with dietary products.
There’s lots of great information on the Goo website about the philosophy and the development of Goo Gut Rescue- it’s definitely worth reading for a good background on the product and the FAQs address some of the most common questions.
It’s Giveaway Time!
Do you have a dog that you think could benefit from Goo Gut Rescue? We are giving away TWO Goo Gut Rescues to lucky pawcurious readers!
1. Leave a comment below as to why your dog could use Goo Gut Rescue.
2. Make sure you officially enter the contest using the Rafflecopter widget. The additional ways to get entries are optional.
3. US only for this one, please!
Coupon code and a Goo donation with every order!
In addition, if you order a Goo Gut Rescue using the promo code DrV$5GOO you not only get $5 off your order, but the folks at Goo will also donate $10 to the Escondido Humane Society! win-win for everyone.
Note: As a supplement, Goo Gut Rescue is not a prescription item. However, both I and the people at Goo recommend talking to your vet before using any supplement, particularly if your pet is on medications or has a medical condition.
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Easier said than done, right? How do you motivate a couch catato to get their keister off the ottoman and go run around? If you have a surefire trick, well, patent it, because the rest of us have to keep trying new things.
Friskies is on a mission to help with their “End Cat Boredom” campaign, which albeit tongue in cheek addresses a real issue. In support of the campaign, they are offering some Boredom Buster kits, and by some I mean FIFTY, to you guys. Which is awesome, right?
The kits include the following:
A sample of Friskies Party Mix, which is like that Chex mix I can’s stop eating, but for cats:
AND a Zoomer puzzle feeder for you to hide the treats in, so they can feel like they are hunting and all of that predatory stuff that gets them going:
So! Get that sloth off the couch and chasing treats! I’m going to make it easy:
First 25 comments here get one. Just leave a comment, whatever you want. THEN EMAIL ME YOUR SHIPPING INFO WITH THE SUBJECT “Friskies” and make sure you tell me who you are in the comments so I can track them. And that’s it!
I will also have 25 to give away on Facebook this afternoon. Yaay!
OK, what’s today, the 19th? So as you read this, I should be at the base of Mt. Meru, walking through rain forests, passing a massive fig tree, and looking out for marauding buffalo. I won’t be gasping for air and retching from altitude sickness for two more days. Regardless, I am there are you are here, and to thank you for checking in I have a wonderful giveaway today from LeLe Pets!
If you’re an addict like I am to sites like Gilt or the Clymb, you know these daily deal sites can be seriously addictive, especially if they actually carry things you want. I’ve been on the LeLe Pets site, and my wallet weeps. They carry names you know like Kyjen, Unleashed Life, and more. One lucky reader will win a $25 coupon code: Here’s their info:
LeLePets is a members-only daily deals site dedicated exclusively to our pets. New sales launches daily, Monday-Friday, at 12PM EST. Through its 72 hour sales, LeLePets offers a curated selection of high quality and design inspired pet products at up to 70% off! Our mission is to share our passion for the animals we love and all things design. 1% of annual net sales are donated to the ASPCA.
LeLePets Fact Sheet:
What is LeLePets?
LeLePets is the first members-only daily deals site dedicated exclusively to our pets. Through its exclusive 72 hour sales, LeLePets offers hand-selected, design inspired high-quality products to its members. Our core mission is to share our passion for the animals we love and all things design.
How does LeLePets work?
LeLePets, the exclusive site for pet enthusiasts and online shoppers, launches daily sales at 12PM EST and lasts 72 hours. Membership to the site is free. Once a member of the LeLePets community, you are given full access to daily deals featuring high quality and unique pet goods. The carefully chosen items are discounted up to 70% off. All sales featured are a on a first come, first serve basis as supplies are usually limited due to the steep discounts we offer… so shop early, stay late.
LeLePets and the community
An initiative close to our heart is giving back to the community. LeLePets donates 1 percent of its annual net sales to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). LeLePets is strongly against animal cruelty and are committed to being part of the solutions.
About our members
Our members are extremely passionate about their favorite family member and reside throughout the 50 states. Our followers are avid online shoppers and share a passion for design inspired pet items. Additionally, our members are checking back daily to see what new products we’re featuring.
How did LeLePets get started?
Founded by two pet lovers, owners and best friends, Tiffany Leung and Joyce Lerman came up with the concept of LeLePets. They realized there was a missing piece in the flash sale world and that our dogs, cats, birds, horses and other animal family members were not being offered the type of discounts on design inspired pet products that we were seeing for ourselves. The duo, with backgrounds in design and e-commerce, launched LeLePets in response. What’s their secret to success? Tiffany’s determination to search for design orientated pet products while Joyce seeks the most affordable prices allows LeLePets to offer you one of kind products at affordable prices.
To check out LeLe pets on the web, visit:
LeLePets on Facebook
LeLePets on Twitter
To enter, just leave a comment with what you would use the voucher for! (Note: To enter the website you do need to create a free account.) I think the bowtie sale is already closed, but dangit if I hadn’t been trying for months to find one for Brody.
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As long as the internet continues to be a depthless repository of the past, an endless attic of antiquity where people can dredge up whatever photo or story they want from previous years and turn it into whatever they wish, Procter and Gamble will struggle with the PETA/Iams cruelty video from a decade ago. Peta continues to drag it out every few months because, well, it gets well meaning people to send them money, despite the fact that it was inaccurate at best, and no longer relevant at worst.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I really would love you to read the piece I wrote for Good Dog magazine last year, because it goes into the history of animal testing in pet food and how P&G has changed so very much since that time. I’ll get back to this in a bit, but I wanted to mention it because today I’m talking about animal testing and the Natura tour. The bottom line is, despite what was or is rumored to be, companies can and should aspire to develop foods the way P&G Pet Care does.
Animal Testing: Then and now
Natura, which as you likely know was acquired by P&G two years ago, has always incorporated animal testing into their product development. In order to really get how this all works, you need to understand a few things about animal testing in the pet food industry:
1. Animal feeding trials are considered the ‘gold standard’ in determining whether or not a food will perform in the market. You can formulate a food to AAFCO standards to meet certain minimum requirements, and it’s very likely the dog will grow and be in decent health, but at the end of the day until you put that food in front of a dog or cat, you really don’t know how it will taste, how the flavors will work, how their coat will look, how well they will digest it, that sort of thing.
2. Invasive testing- I’m talking about anything involving a scalpel or even a needle- is no longer considered a necessary part of the process. Procter & Gamble and Hills, both of which I have toured, have an explicit policy prohibiting invasive testing in animals, and Royal Canin/Mars and Purina, which I have not toured, also have similar statements as part of their animal care policy.
What does that mean? Animals who participate in non invasive trials have only certain types of data they can provide: do they like the food. How is stool quality. How is the pet’s weight. What is happening to urine pH. How is their coat. How are their teeth. The days of euthanizing a dog at a year old to evaluate their joint cartilage are long gone.
Animal Care Post-Acquisition
So this is the question I get over and over from interested consumers who send me off to these tours with a list of concerns to address: How well, exactly, does a test animal live? And the answer is, it depends.
A company can still contract out their research to a third party facility. To be honest, I don’t know what it’s like for those animals. I haven’t been there. I’m sure they meet the minimums of the Animal Welfare Act, but beyond that- well, invite me for a tour and I’ll let you know. All living arrangements are not created equal.
Until the acquisition, Natura tested their food in two situations: at the Natura Health and Nutrition Center in Fremont, Nebraska, an on-site facility where dogs and cats live, and at an outside facility with whom they contracted for longer studies. The dogs in Fremont were mostly rescues, who came to live there after being relinquished by their owners. I met two of them while I was in Fremont, a beautiful pair of smooth collies who were playing fetch with one of the employees as part of their daily activity.
Natura came under a lot of scrutiny after the P&G acquisition, but the across-the-board reaction from the employees, who were just as if not more skeptical than everyone else about how this would shake out, was this: the dogs have benefitted from it. As soon as the acquisition happened, the animal testing process was subject to the P&G Animal Care policy, arguably the best in the industry. Under this policy, animal research can take place at only one of three places:
- the in house facility itself, either the Natura Health and Nutrition Center or the Iams Pet Health and Nutrition Center in Lewisburg, Ohio;
- in people’s homes as part of a clinical research study- owned pets like yours and mine- about 70% of the research animals at P&G fall into this category;
- places where pets live as part of their job, such as Canine Companions for Independence.
So the outside facility was, well, out. They also stopped bringing in rescue animals for testing, which may surprise you, but bear with me. It’s a good thing. Here’s the deal:
An animal who has been used to living in a home environment may not adjust right away, or at all, to a group living environment. You can provide group housing and enrichment and exercise, but at the end of the day it’s still a big adjustment. Under P&G’s policy, which I’ve written about previously, dogs are acquired as puppies from breeders and intensely socialized fron day one to live in a group setting, with the eventual goal of transitioning to a home at about 6 years of age. This program, developed by a behaviorist with the emotional well-being of the dogs in mind, results in happier dogs with less stress, which means better results for all involved.
The folks in charge of the facility at Natura have recently started working with a new group of dogs who had just completed training in Ohio, and they all admitted with some surprise that this has been a really good change for them. That’s right, things got better post-acquisition.
Life as a Natura Test Dog
So I don’t really know what life is like for a test dog at some companies, but for the 35 dogs at Natura it’s this: I get up, I eat, I hang out with my kennel mate, I get group play time outside, I get individual time with a person, I get trained about how to live in a house with vacuum cleaners and doorbells, I get regular veterinary care, someone collects my poop when I’m not looking, and then I get adopted. And that is pretty much it.
The Fremont Health and Nutrition Center is undergoing renovations this year, to make the kennels even more dog-friendly and provide the space for a full-time on-site veterinarian. The kennels are specifically designed to provide hiding areas, places to look out and see what’s going on, vertical space, and easy outside access. They are also improving the group housing facility for the 24 cats to incorporate outside access for the felines. When this is completed, they also plan to get accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory and Animal Care, a voluntary certification that goes way above and beyond the minimum standards put forth by the Animal Welfare Act. Most facilities don’t do this. It’s a very good thing.
We all want what is best for our pets, and at the same time we (hopefully) want to know that the products we choose are developed in an ethical and humane manner. I’m very glad to see companies being proactive in their animal welfare protocols and continuing to improve year after year; and happy to give credit where credit is due to a company who is doing things the right way. Even a big company.
So there you go. Still have a post on the manufacturing plant to write- I was waiting on the picture with the giant probe, and it’s totally worth the wait, by the by.
I’m happy to feed Natura. If you would like to try it, I have a coupon for one bag of any size dog or cat food from the Natura line (Evo, Innova, California Natural, Karma, and HealthWise) that I will be giving away this week- you know the drill! Details are below.
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I have a giveaway today, which is good because I’m as you can imagine a little off my writing game this week. I’ve been digesting a lot these past few days. Transitions always do that, don’t they?
So anyway, today we have a giveaway of *two* Doggy Day Spa packs, courtesy of Royal Canin. The dog pack giveaway is being done in celebration of the release of their new X-small dog food, designed for dogs under 8 pounds. I saw this diet for the first time when it was being premiered at Global Pet Expo.
"Taco" was adopted by a toy-development specialist from PetMate. Jackpot!
Like many companies at Global, Royal Canin brought in some adorable munchkins to get people over to the booth for some love and pets. But they did it in a particularly great way- they partnered with local rescue Florida Little Dogs Rescue, bringing in adoptable dogs who were on the new diet. It was such a success that Royal Canin donated 2500 bowls of food to the rescue- AND- seven dogs left the booth for a forever home.
From the press release:
All of the Royal Canin X-SMALL formulas contain premium nutrition to support heart health, highly digestible proteins and fibers to help regulate digestion and prevent constipation and are enriched with EPA and DHA to help maintain a beautiful skin and coat. In addition, the formulas feature a kibble designed to promote dental health, by reducing tartar build-up as the dog chews.
To summarize: little dogs tend to be high energy, have skin and coat issues, and dental issues- so this is a diet that focuses on those things. Do small dogs HAVE to have a special small dog diet? No, of course not. One size never fits all. But if you have a little one and you’re interested in trying it out, here’s your chance. And if you don’t have a little dog, enter anyway- your local shelter would be happy to have it and you can use the rest of the stuff.
Each Doggy Day Spa pack contains the following:
- A 2.5 lb bag of Royal Canin X-SMALL dog food
- Earth Bath natural grooming wipes
- Zwipes Microfiber Small Pet Towels (pack of 5)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste combo pack
- Fresh ‘n Clean oatmeal and baking soda shampoo
- Li’l Pals grooming brush
- Li’l Pals nail trimmer
- Grooming lead
I’m pretty sure the beige chair is NOT, however, included.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post about who would get to sample the Royal Canin x-small dog food and then enter on the Rafflecopter widget! Bon appetit!
One of the leading complaints that brings a pet into the vet is allergies. It is a complicated problem, and like all complicated problems, there are no easy answers. Some pets need special food, others respond to antihistamines, and some need very strong immune suppressants just to make it through the day.
Watching a pet lick and chew themselves raw is so sad and frustrating. All you want to do is help them get rid of that horrible, painful persistent itch. So you go to the vet, and lo and behold, you find out the diagnostic and treatment process is also a drawn out out and complicated deal. Allergies really stink. (more…)
Eye exams for animals are a little different than they are for people. Sure, you can examine the physical structures of the eye and evaluate its anatomic vigor, but figuring out just how well your pet sees is a little more tricky. We can’t exactly sit them in front of one of those big eyeglass flippy things (I’m sure they have a name, but I never bothered to ask) and get the dog to tell us which is better: This, or….THIS?
Nonetheless, the ubiquitous eye chart is synonymous with the doctor’s office. To that end, Local Paper Studio has created two charming eye charts- one for dogs, and one for cats- that might not reveal whether or not your lab is nearsighted, but they will add a touch of whimsy to an exam room, office, or home of a pet lover.
For today’s Giveaway Tuesday, Local Paper Studio is giving away THREE sets of eye chart posters. Gift one to your vet or keep them for yourself! Who can resist the cute? To make it even better, read on for the way they use eco-friendly paper and donate to Best Friends for each sale!
Set of Two 18″ x 24″ Dog & Cat Eye Charts – Standard Size Posters
Designed for veterinary clinics, this set of two posters makes a
perfect gift to say thank you to your favorite vet. They are sure to
get a laugh in waiting rooms or exam rooms. Also fun to share with dog
and cat enthusiasts.
Each poster measures 18″ x 24″ and will fit easily into a standard
size frame. All posters are shipped rolled and are not matted or
The artwork was printed in the U.S.A. by a Forest Stewardship Council
certified printer, using vegetable inks on 100% recycled paper from
60% post-consumer waste and processed chlorine free. Due to the
environmentally friendly production of this paper, please note that
small amounts of fibers and recycled matter may be visible on the
$1 from the sale of every poster will be donated to the Best Friends
Animal Society. Visit them at bestfriends.org.
This is a little bit about our studio:
Printed With Love And Care For The Environment And You.
This pledge appears on all of Local Paper Studio’s projects and
summarizes our belief in community, sustainability and giving back.
Our main goal is to give you fun ways to share a little joy with your
family and friends—the people local to you. 100% recycled papers are
used for all of our projects and we work exclusively with eco-friendly
printers located in the U.S.A.
To enter, leave a comment below and make sure you enter here on Rafflecopter! Additional entries available for tweeting the contest. Good luck!
When I was in school, there was a resident who could best be described as a holy terror. She ate senior students for breakfast, washing it down with the salty tears of our despair when she would mercilessly rip us to shreds in rounds. And hoo boy, did she love me. And by love, I mean, love to rip me up one side and down the other. I was an easy target; I didn’t know much at the time. Her very favorite snack.
“The patient in room two is a….” I studied the chart…”Belgian Mali-noy?”
“Malin-WAH,” she would correct, rolling her eyes. That sort of thing. You had to see her in action to get just how well she did ‘condescending eyeroll’. And then I would make it through the room, and proudly pronounce the next day that there was another Malinois there on the service, only to have her whip out a droll, “No, um, that would be a … Tervuren” plus eyeroll at the senior clinician. While the difference between a Malinois and a Tervuren are now clearer to me, they really weren’t at the time, and well, they are hard to tell apart to the untrained eye.
We don’t learn breed identification in school. We learn it on the fly. We learn that the whatever-it-is in the room has an ear infection, and how to deal with it. It’s much easier in a clinic, where the owner has already filled out paperwork and told at least two other people what breed you are looking at before you go in and mess it up.
It’s still not easy. While this may be easy to ID: (more…)
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