Animals 101

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Excuse my nine month absence

in which I graduated college (yay!), started grad school, began working in an exotics vet office,  completely changed my life plans and goals, convinced my mother to get a dog, got Addy certified as a pet partner dog, stopped eating meat, and remembered this blog.

It’s been a busy nine months. To sum it up, because let’s be honest you all just want weird facts about animals (preview: birds that kick their prey to death), I realized that while I always loved animals, I had no idea about many welfare issues that exist. I’m now learning all about legislation, policy, and effecting change on a larger scale. It’s frustrating, but I’m completely in love with it. So now grad school, which was supposed to be an intermediary step before vet school, has gotten me entirely off course. I spend far too much time trying to balance an animal welfare perspective with an agriculturally based animal science background, and figuring out where the hell I come down on all these issues. Also trying to figure out what to do with my life when it’s time to get a job. That’s important too. 

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Because a girl can’t help but gush

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In looking over all my old posts, I reread the one about wanting Addy to become a therapy dog. I had abandoned that thought for a while until I started at Tufts in the fall, and they offered an elective (as in I get credit for it and fees waived) to get certified as a pet partner team and participate in visits. 

Needless to say the Addy pup passed with flying colors, and melted the hearts of everyone there. Now if we could just get her free of hookworm (treatment courtesy of Merial, the makers of heartgard, a company you will not see me endorsing ever) we will finally begin our visits! Yes, I do have the most amazing dog in the world thank you. 

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Sonoran Coral snakes and Western Hooknose snakes compensate for their small size by farting. Yes, farting. These snakes will fart loudly (it can be heard 6 feet away) and with enough force to fling themselves off the ground in order to scare off potential predators

Sonoran Coral snakes and Western Hooknose snakes compensate for their small size by farting. Yes, farting. These snakes will fart loudly (it can be heard 6 feet away) and with enough force to fling themselves off the ground in order to scare off potential predators

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Getting personal for a minute here.

This is Addy. She is my best friend. I chose her (she chose me) at a shelter last year in March. Though I had not been planning to get a dog until that summer, I had to have her. She had heart-worm and was horrifyingly skinny when I got her. Now she is a healthy 50lb pup who struts around like she owns the place. 
My Dad passed away over the summer. He had been sick for a long time, and it was absolutely heartbreaking to watch him suffer. Needless to say I’m still trying to figure out how to make life feel normal again. I’ve felt stuck in this unproductive rut, and just want to figure out how to make myself motivated and happy. I decided the best way to do this was to set a goal- find something that *I* want to do, something that will make me happy. 
Now here’s where these two things come together. I’ve found myself recently very interested in therapy dogs. Having felt first hand the emotional relief a dog gives you, and having watched my dog sit with my Dad (who refused to admit he loved her) when he was sick really reinforced this mindset that dogs have an incredible ability to help. I’ve now decided I want to become a therapy dog partner team with Addy. It’s going to be a long process. Though she’s incredibly well behaved most of the time and sweet as can be (I have no doubt she’ll be an amazing therapy dog), we have a lot to work on training wise before I can even consider having her evaluated. 
So this is my new goal, and everyone knows you’re more likely to follow through if you tell people- so here goes nothing!

Getting personal for a minute here.

This is Addy. She is my best friend. I chose her (she chose me) at a shelter last year in March. Though I had not been planning to get a dog until that summer, I had to have her. She had heart-worm and was horrifyingly skinny when I got her. Now she is a healthy 50lb pup who struts around like she owns the place. 

My Dad passed away over the summer. He had been sick for a long time, and it was absolutely heartbreaking to watch him suffer. Needless to say I’m still trying to figure out how to make life feel normal again. I’ve felt stuck in this unproductive rut, and just want to figure out how to make myself motivated and happy. I decided the best way to do this was to set a goal- find something that *I* want to do, something that will make me happy. 

Now here’s where these two things come together. I’ve found myself recently very interested in therapy dogs. Having felt first hand the emotional relief a dog gives you, and having watched my dog sit with my Dad (who refused to admit he loved her) when he was sick really reinforced this mindset that dogs have an incredible ability to help. I’ve now decided I want to become a therapy dog partner team with Addy. It’s going to be a long process. Though she’s incredibly well behaved most of the time and sweet as can be (I have no doubt she’ll be an amazing therapy dog), we have a lot to work on training wise before I can even consider having her evaluated. 

So this is my new goal, and everyone knows you’re more likely to follow through if you tell people- so here goes nothing!

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Did you know: over 10 pigs played Babe because the little guys kept growing out of the part!

Did you know: over 10 pigs played Babe because the little guys kept growing out of the part!