My philosphy

My philosphy

Monday, July 30, 2012

Stay tuned...

I haven't been posting, because school is keeping me super busy. Imagine that. For the Summer semester, I am taking 5, yes FIVE classes. One was a "fast-forward" class, meaning it is what would normally be material covered in 14 weeks, condensed down to 4! Another class is online, which leaves 3 classes on campus. This Summer I have/am taking, Interpersonal Communication, Abnormal Psychology, Radiology/Parasitology (that was one class), Lab Animal Science and Office Management & Client Education. WOW. It's a lot.

Finals start next Tuesday, and for my Office Management class we have to make 3 client education brochures, our choice of topics. I of course chose cat related topics, and adapted my declaw post into the 1st one. I am also doing one on Feline Herpes Virus (aka Feline Viral Rhinotracheaitis) and Feline Leukemia Virus. My plan is to change the format from a brochure to a hand out to use at work, and to post here. Being the super huge nerd that I am, I enjoyed spending my afternoon curled up in bed with coffee, researching Feline Herpes Virus. And yes, I procrastinated. I also have to research and form my client education skit on Canine Pyometra (infected uterus) for next Monday.

I feel like I would procrastinate less, if I wasn't so darn good at it. I have always managed to pump out good material last minute with school projects. It also helps that I know the material, and know how to talk efficiently to clients, so I am not stressed/worried.

I have been so very exhausted lately, between school, work and life in general. I didn't go to class this afternoon because I felt so sick. Instead I went home and slept for 4 hours! It was great. Between that and coffee though, I will probably be up late.

Anyways. I need to focus on finishing this brochure, and getting sleep. Tomorrow will be a busy day, as always. I eventually hope that my life calms down enough so I can give this blog the attention and care it deserves. I really want to help it grow, so I can help educate others about my feline friends, and reach out to those in need of help.


Click here for a good article about the hows/whys behind a cat purring. We often see cats purring as a self comfort mechanism, so cats in pain from trauma, or other diseases, purr at the Vet's office.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mouring Missed Chances

I need a moment up on the proverbial soapbox. Dog are like children, raise them right and they will be respectful, functioning members of society. Treat them like crap, deny them basic rights, and force them to do things that they wouldn’t normally do, and you get what you have sown. EVERY dog that is bred, trained and rewarded for dog fighting, loses such amazing potential to be a part of a loving family. They lose the chance of knowing companionship with another dog. They lose the chance of being a child’s truest and best friend. They lose so much from life.

 I am beyond furious right now with whatever horrible person set this dog up for failure. This poor shelter dog, which is beyond emaciated, heartworm positive, hookworms, fleas, skin infection, fighting cropped ears, dental disease, broken teeth, oral infection, vaginitis, facial scars, scars down her body, stretched out mammary glands from nursing too many litters, and eyes full of love for me, lost her chance at life a long time ago. She attacked another dog today. Without warning, with no change in body posture, nothing indicating what was to happen next, she struck. No physical damage was done to the other dog, and he left three puncture wounds on her face. However, the emotional damage was done to me. I have grown attached. I love this poor lost soul of a dog. Her sweet manner, her beautiful eyes, her smelly kisses. I like the train wreck, so ugly only a mother could love, “flawed” animals the best. At the end of it all, they are so deserving and appreciative of the love, affection and care they received. I hate that this happened. I hate that she has lost her chance to love a child, a dog, a family. I hate that a HUMAN BEING did this, made her this way. I believe all people, dogs, cats, etc are inherently good. Our experiences in life shape our responses and perceptions, and whatever happened to this poor dog was so horrible, I don’t think I ever want to know any details.

So for now, I will snuggle my furry family (Todd included!) a little longer today, cry a little harder, and know that each experience in life teaches a lesson. At least I could show this dog some love.