Cool Mite images

A few nice Mite images I found:

Green Mite Severity – region

Image by IITA Image Library
Green Mite Severity – region

Hibiscus leaf with erinose mites

Image by Scot Nelson
Gall mites, hibiscus | Location: Kurtistown, Hawaii

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Iditarod Standings as of 3/9/14

Today’s race standings: In 1st place, leaving the checkpoint at Shaktoolik at 7:12 this morning: Aliy Zirkle. The rest of the leader board is still in Shaktoolik, with arrival times this morning as noted below: Jeff King: 4:46 Martin Buser: 5:27 Sonny Lindner: 5:53 Dallas Seavey: 7:07 Last year’s winner, Mitch Seavey left Unalakleet at […] Dog Blog

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Dogs never lie about love.

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Dogs never lie about love.

Image by lecercle
Everybody knows that elephants weep and dogs love.

It is funny sometimes how their responses so resemble our own that we are tempted to assume identity – we drop the it and call her she.

Dog skeleton from Weatherlees WTW

Image by Wessex Archaeology
Iron Age dog burial found near large boundary/enclosure ditches.

Examination of the teeth showed that it was a very old dog, while knife marks on its bones showed it had been skinned.

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May 19, Dog Links and Resources | Best Dog Food Guide

A directory of dog links so you can find more information on external resources about dogs, dog training, pet vacations and dog health.
Dog Food Blog | Best Dog Food Guide

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Good news for Arizona Chihuahuas–but maybe not for their drivers

People in Maryvale, Arizona were being terrorized by roaming packs of Chihuahuas and there was no room for them at the local shelters. The story, being too bizarre/funny to remain local, spread across the country. It probably wouldn’t have gotten much play if they had been roaming packs of Rottweilers or Pit Bulls, but Chihuahuas… The story probably got more exaggerated every time it was reprinted. The publicity got the attention of shelters in the…
The Poodle (and Dog) Blog

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Die Pest – Ein Erklärvideo

Lehren und Lernen mit Video SoSe 2012 Universität Bremen.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

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We love you to death

Veterinary medicine, the happiest field on earth, land of puppy butts and kitty snuggles and Pet Doctor Barbies in hotpants, or so they told me when I was 10.

Or perhaps it is the land of crushing student debt, clients frustrated that they are priced out of affordable care, and the unending mental strain of not being able to make every client happy and whole at the price they want you to provide it for.

Maybe it’s somewhere in between, but to be honest it seems to me like it’s leaning a little more towards the latter than the former. It wasn’t always this way, and yes, there are plenty of vets who still tell you they couldn’t imagine doing anything else, but for many, they can. And do. I was shocked to see how many of my colleagues- good, smart, compassionate veterinarians- have left the field. It happens a LOT.


Kitty snuggles may not solve all the world’s ills, but it does help a whole lot.

Burnout rates are high, depression is rampant, and though the world was shocked to learn veterinarians have the highest suicide rates of medical professionals, no actual vets seemed too shocked by the news. The truth is, this is a tough, tough field, and the toll it takes is financial, physical, and mental, each and every day. We are expected by society and each other to buck up and put your own needs on the backburner, day after day after day, and it. wears. you. down.Justine Lee has a great article on the topic: one in four vets have considered suicide.

Last week, a colleague followed through, and our field is all the less for her loss.

It might surprise you to know that while our field tiptoes around the concept of compassion fatigue, it’s not regularly acknowledged as an almost inevitable part of what we do. Those who feel the strain are often left to feel guilty and disappointed in themselves for feeling that way. When the timing is wrong, when the wrong case hits at the same time as a broken water main or someone delivering a court summons, it can be very easy to forget that there is a way through that mess.

Animal lovers are deeply sensitive by nature, and I think both animal care providers and clients may be prone to those intensities of emotion that can veer into unhealthy places. I’ve dedicated my work the last year or so to acknowledging we need to do a better job supporting the emotional needs of our clients, but the truth is we need to so the same for our own.

I sincerely hope our field is able to provide better support for our own in terms of learning to cope with the unique stressors of this career, that those support groups that exist within the veterinary community are not kind of shoved in the corner to be sought out in desperation but held up as a standard for healthy venting and encouraging each other to live well and live outside the clinic.

I bring this up for several reasons, namely because I was very saddened by Dr. Koshi’s death and the circumstances surrounding it. I want my colleagues, especially those of you who are young and still learning how to do this vet thing and do it well, to understand that we all know how hard it can be. The internet has not made this easier. We need to be able to rely on each other and on the profession as a whole.

If any of you are struggling, please reach out, to your friends, to a hotline, to me, I don’t care who you reach out to but just stick your hand out and wave and we will take it. I am happy to hear multiple veterinarians including Dr. Lee, Dr. Myers, and others at NAVC met up to discuss what we can do to be more organized in our support of each other and stop being ashamed of admitting sometimes, this field is HARD.

And for you non-vets, because I know many of you are amazing clients, I want to thank you for being the kind of people who make going to work worthwhile. You are the reason we continue to pull our lab coats on every day.

RIP Dr. Koshi, and know that we will acknowledge and remember the wonderful work you did in this world.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Tickets are on Sale for South Jersey’s 1st Pet Symposium – “Integrative Care and Responsible Pet Parenting”

South Jersey’s First Pet Symposium – “Integrative Care & Responsible Pet Parenting”


Saturday, April 5th, 2014,  at the Palmyra Community Center, 30 W. Broad Street, Palmyra, NJ 08065
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Everyone shall enjoy a day of live, hands-on demonstrations and lectures, in small groups, and have an opportunity to speak with some of the most respected veterinarians in NJ!!

See Symposium Details for interactive links to read about each veterinarian and pet professional speaking, purchase tickets, and get directions.

There will be free food and drinks, attendees will receive a free giveaway bag with pet products, great prize giveaways, and much more!

100% of the money raised shall be donated to the selected 501(c) 3, Non-Profit, NO-KILL Animal Charities below… to help them continue making miracles happen!!!

Animal Adoption Center
All They Need Is Love Animal Rescue
Lynn’s Animal Rescue
Randalls Rescue
Paw It 4ward Foundation Rescue

Some Exhibitors will be: 

Pet Valu Cinnaminson 
Certified Pet Therapy Dogs /Canine Good Citizens – Bright and Beautiful Furry Angels 
Villa La Paws Resort & Spa
Pet Loss and Grief Counseling: Debra Bjorling, Hamilton Pet Meadow 

An assortment of lovely raffle items are being donated… so be sure to get your tickets!!!

Parking is free, and the Community Center is just 1 block from the Palmyra RiverLINE Train Station.

Thank you to our extremely generous sponsorHousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service for making this informative community outreach day dedicated to animal lovers possible!!!

Additional huge thanks to our talented event photographer, Valerie Bruder Photography, who will be donating her time and excellence to photograph the event, and Networks Plus for their ongoing technical assistance, and Cinnaminson Pet Valu for their incredible sponsorship and giveaway products!!!

If you have any questions, please call me @ (856) 906-7111.  I’ll be happy to assist you!

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Looking forward to seeing everyone there!!!



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Before It Got Cold Again

 The other day was gorgeous! I was actually out in just a sweatshirt.  I had to leave my jacket on the ground because I was dying of heat stroke!

We went to the beach – although I couldn’t tell what was sand and what was ice. And neither could the dogs. :)  Lacey had a blast and I aimed my camera at her for the most part as I haven’t seemed to have taken many photos of her lately!  Coulee and Amy have been stealing the show.

Not surprisingly we were out there all by ourselves. :)

It’s now back in the -1,000′s but at least we had a few days of “decent” weather.

On a complete subject change….  I’ve been trying to get a photo like the one below for a while. It makes me think of all those dogs that people just dump in the country and then drive away from. I’m not really sure what they expect their dogs to do… live of the land? find a friendly farmer? starve and die out of sight?  Anyway,  I have always imagined a sad dog walking down an empty road with the car driving off, dust billowing up behind it.  There is no dust, but it’s probably as close as I’m ever going to get!  

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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