8 Photos of Happiness

8 Photos of Happiness

Inspire Greytness nominated me for a post called 8 Photos of Happiness from Ariel’s Little Corner of the Internet. My 8 photos express reasons for wanting to become a veterinarian as well as reasons that make me happy I am a veterinarian. They are my old family pets, my mom and dad’s pets, and Jade. These animals had and still have a way of making my frown turn upside down. Just sorting through these photos flooded me with   joyous memories.   Meet Scar. My husband and I found him sick at a shelter. He was so sweet and loving, and he rolled around and played with us for a straight 15 minutes before we decided we had no choice but to take him home. He was our first pet, and he was adorable. He was such a cuddler, and always had to sleep on one of our heads at night. Sadly one evening he slipped out of a crack in the door. We looked for him everywhere but he never came back. We talk about getting another cat all of the time. One of these days we will. While growing up, we had a samoyed named Bayer. He was the sweetest dog our family has ever had. He was big and docile. The family who had him before us called him moose because he was so big. I smile whenever I see that precious face. Maggie was our family sheepdog. She was smart as a whip. I remember training her to pull at a pulley on command, that would elevate a basket to the top of our tree...
10 Must Haves to Clean a Smelly Dog

10 Must Haves to Clean a Smelly Dog

The following are 10 items our family needs to make dog bath time a success: 1) The smelly dog Our particular smelly dog just got back from a long, strenuous and active hike that involved climbing rocks and being in the sun. It is especially helpful for the dog to get a little exercise before bath time to help ease resistance in the bathing process. 2) Workout clothes or a swimsuit It is important to remember not to wear your Sunday best for the cleaning of your smelly pooch. This is not the right circumstance to “dress to impress” even when getting bath time photographed. “Ewe” should dress comfortably in clothes you are not overly concerned with getting wet because your wet dog WILL shake ALL over you. 3) Hair drain trap To avoid a clogged drain we always have a hair drain trap on hand during the bath session. A plug helps conserve water while we wash her. As soon as we empty the dirty water down the drain, we slip the hair drain trap over the drain to catch the fur. 4) Large plastic pail or bowl A large Tupperware bowl or beach pail works perfectly to rinse off a localized, shampooed area. 5) Shower cap To avoid getting water in your dog’s ears we use a shower cap. Your dog will be dressed for the part and his ears will be less likely to get a secondary ear infection from moisture in the ears. Alternatively, cotton balls can be used. It should be noted that even if a product says it is safe around the eyes, I prefer to...
Potato Chip Cookies

Potato Chip Cookies

I have been on quite a health food kick lately, so these potato chip cookies were a real treat. Anyone ever get stressed and want to pig out? When I am stressed, it is easy to consume those foods that normally are easy for me to resist. Times like these are perfect to spoil my family and myself with really delicious cookies and potato chips, ALL IN ONE. To make this recipe healthier, butter can be replaced with vegan shortening and the amount of sugar can be adjusted. Serves: 6-9 people (Makes about 18 cookies) Cooking time: 18-20 minutes Preheat oven to: 375 degrees Fahrenheit Ingredients: 2 sticks butter, softened 3/4 c. packed brown sugar 3/4 c. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 2 large eggs 2 1/4 c. flour 1 tsp. baking soda 3/4 tsp. salt 4 c. crushed potato chips (around 10 oz. divided) 1 c. pecans (optional, chopped and toasted) Directions: 1) Beat together butter and sugars on high speed until fluffy. 2) Add vanilla and eggs and beat in medium speed until combined. 3) Mix dry ingredients (Baking soda, salt and flour) and add to mixture on low speed. 4) Add 2 c. pecans and crushed potato chips. 5) Roll balls into remaining potato chips to coat. 6) Place cookies 2 in. apart on greased ( using cooking spray ) or parchment-lined cookie sheet. 7) Bake 18-2o minutes until golden.   This Sweet and Salty Cookie Recipe Tells a Story: There is a touching story behind this potato chip cookie recipe. It reminds me of the priceless times spent with friends in high school, making cookies together to go...
Yulin Cat and Dog Meat Festival 2016

Yulin Cat and Dog Meat Festival 2016

The Yulin Cat and Dog Festival is one example of an animal abuse incidence that makes me feel extra fortunate to be with my Humom and Dad. Shame on Humanity Jade here reporting on an incident of dog abuse that makes me ashamed to be called “man’s best friend”.  The Yulin cat and dog meat festival is an atrocity about which I have recently been hearing a lot of barks and howls. I respect cultural differences. But a line is crossed in humanity when pets are being abducted from homes with no recourse, and tortured while they are wagging their tails, with blind and undeserved trust of human nature. Abduction and Massacre Mass execution of my canine and feline friends through burning them alive and publicly torturing them before consumption is too morally unjust not to address. Many pets are stolen from families and then used as dog meat with their family’s collars still around their necks.  I recently saw a photograph, with a video available on YouTube of the Yulin Cat and Dog Meat festival where the limbs of a stolen family pet were being cut off in front of the respective family’s child while the dog was fully conscious.  Of course the pure agony that the poor little girl was going through is not even close to comparable of how my tortured canine friend felt before death. Yulin Cat and Dog Meat Festival advocates claim that animal rights activists are picking on Yulin when many other places kill animals that are sacred to some sector of society. You don’t have to be an animal rights activist to...
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