Monday Musings ~ October 15, 2018

Hey sports fan…it’s me, Sam. Did you know this is National Veterinary Technician Week? First celebrated in 1993, the third week of October each year honors the heroes in animal care — vet techs. Yes it’s true that I act kind terrified a little scared whenever a tech takes my temperature (but, um…excuse me…how’d you feel if I jammed a cold tube up your…well you know). But you gotta admit, I still wag my tail every time you come into the exam room.

Truth is, I have a personal interest in hoping all Vet Techs have a good week. Mom’s granddaughter in Hawaii is a vet tech and works at a pet hospital in Kona. Like all techs, our Hailey does all kinds of work including taking pertinent background info before the vet comes in and talks with the client about their pet. She handles all the basic questions, cleans kennels, restrains animals, draws blood and gives certain injections and vaccines as permitted by statute. She helps take X-rays and ultrasounds and monitors sedation procedures. She also runs blood work after a draw.  

A vet tech’s duties often encompasses far more work depending on the vet for whom they work. It’s probably easier to list the things they can’t do. Vet techs are not permitted to diagnose, perform surgery or prescribe medication.

Veterinary technicians typically work with vets in private practices, hospitals, research labs, and zoos. These days they are an important part of the professional veterinary team, but that hasn’t always been the case. The first “animal technician” program was created back in the 1960s, before then, veterinarians hired students or office workers to do much of the basic work and routine tasks. As the field of animal health became more complex, a need arose for a well-educated staff that could take on greater responsibilities and duties developed.

Even my weirdo Ninja sister loves our Hailey girl. This week we salute you and all vet techs and applaud the terrific job you perform. Have a great week, dear Hailey. We love and miss you and are so proud of all you’ve accomplished.

Miss Hailey with the Ninja

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Remember Me Thursday

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Today is a special day known as Remember Me Thursday, a “global awareness campaign uniting individuals and pet adoption organizations around the world as an unstoppable, integrated voice for orphan pets to live in forever homes, not die waiting for them.”

As you may know, rescue is very important to me. Having rescued a number of pets over the years and most recently rescuing my little black Ninja, Elsa who developed epilepsy two weeks after her adoption, Given the opportunity to shed a light on a  topic near and dear to my heart, I will whenever I can.

Far too many pets languish in shelters waiting for someone to rescue them so we hope on this day that people will consider adoption. I know each time I’ve adopted a dog, be they from a shelter or a rescue group, I have been so very well rewarded by these amazing creatures throughout my life. I continue to love and share amazing adventures with my little Ninja as I watch her ongoing development.

I hope you will consider saving a life and experience the joy of knowing you made a difference for a shelter pet in the future.

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Pirate Party Wednesday

We are joining the Speedy’s Annual Pirate Party event today. Sam isn’t  keen on getting dressed up as you can tell here, but he adores Speedy and is always willing to walk the plank for fur-iends.

So ahoy, mateys. Don’t be a scalawag today.

Avast Ye Mates…

Many of you have contacted me about the issue of your comments disappearing on our blog and some of you have indicated that some of my comments have been pillaged off to your spam folders. We’re working on it with the nice blokes at WordPress and hope you’ll be patient while they try to figure out why Akismet thinks I’m a bot. Shiver me timbers…I’m not even Russian. Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! 

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Never Forget Tuesday

FlagToday we remember 9/11, the day where 2,996 innocent people lost their lives and over 6,000 where injured. It was also the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States.

There are seminal moments growing up that trigger strong emotional memories. The assassination of John Kennedy and 9/11 both fall into that category and I  remember exactly as if it happened yesterday. Do you remember where were you when the Towers came down?

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Nearly Wordless Wednesday ~ September 5, 2018

Taking Flight

The Ranch may be incommunicado for the next few days but hope to be back soon.

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Almost Wordless Wednesday

Happy Birthday, Colorado. You’re still looking good after 142 years

Today is one of those crystal blue, clear skied day which coincides with Colorado Day where good citizens from California, Texas, Michigan and a host of many other states celebrate its 142nd birthday along with the natives. Why single out those states? They seem to be the ones moving here the most, judging by their license plates. With a great economy, 300+ days of sunshine a year, Colorado has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years. In fact, there are 5.6 million of us now in the Centennial State according to the Census Bureau. Often they all seem to be on the road at the same time these days.

Colorado Capitol Rotunda

So on this day, let’s take a moment to stop driving and start celebrating her birthday. For being 142, you’re looking pretty good, Colorado.

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Monday Musings ~ July 30, 2018

It simply isn’t an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.
~J.R.R. Tolkien

With a break in the heat, celebrating the Year of the Dog at the annual Dragon Boat Festival couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve attended this festival many times in the past and it’s usually one of the hottest weekends of the summer so imagine my delight when pizzas actually came from the food trucks, rather than the sidewalk. Billed as the largest of its kind in the nation — this festival has been a source of pride and cultural preservation for thousands of Asian-Americans across the Rocky Mountain region. With killer boatsmanship, entertainment galore and enough food trucks and vendors to choke a horse, this year’s version was bigger than ever, with an estimated 120,000 in attendance. Opening ceremonies included a dragon dance and the dotting of the eye ceremony (which I sadly missed).

Photo courtesy of Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
Dotting of the eye ceremony photo courtesy of Colorado Dragon Boat Festival Facebook page

Along with cultural performances, the festival boasted tasty food, shopping, family activities, dragon boat races and other celebrations of Asian and Asian-American heritage and all around good fun for everyone.

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I think these guys just might be hard-core judging by the Captain’s name

Does this particular heat seem as unfair to you as it did to me since the geese don’t get to race with oars? They did perform nicely, nonetheless.

Hey…not fair…where’s our oars?

 

Snagging the flag ~ we have a winner here
Attendees came in all sizes and shapes
There were many canine cheerleaders
Even the geese cheered
Meanwhile back at the lagoon, a bunch of kids went spinning in these bubble thingies
Racing in unison wins heats~this team was wicked fast and seem to beat everybody
Colorful and practical umbrellas kept sunny conditions at bay
For those not competing yet wanting to get out on the water, there was paddle boarding
People watching opportunities galore

All an all, it was a great two-day dragon adventure certainly worth telling others about. Tolkien would have been proud. How was your weekend?

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Twosome Thursday

So I’ve been working on a few “Did You Know” posts that are taking longer to put together than I had hoped. As I was catching up this morning on blog reading and research, this happened. It’s not often the ying-yang gangs lie this way. On a day when the temperatures will hover around 100, we hope you are able to stay cool as you get ready to welcome our good friend Friday back.

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Summertime and the Living is Easy

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, today marks the longest day of the year and the official arrival of summer. Around our Ranch, summer seemed to arrive about six weeks earlier. Now after a few lovely springtime-like cooler days, we’re going to begin a warm up.

So today we think we’ll just kick back in the shade of a nice tree and maybe slurp a tasty lemonade this afternoon. What are your plans for the first ‘official’ of the solstice?

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Moving Slowly

We’re moving a bit more slowly for a couple of days. There has been a pleasant change in the weather which has actually been accompanied by a little bit of moisture which means there’s some actual humidity. Something we’re not familiar with here at all. Though it’s not enough moisture to say the drought has been alleviated, it is certainly a slight reprieve.

With that moisture has come some very severe hail storms. I saw a very battered car this morning and remembered last year’s costly storm. I wonder how this guy handles those golf/baseball sized hail storms? For the record, this is the biggest snail I’ve ever seen here. HIs ‘house’ was just about an inch or inch and a half in size and stretched out he must have been almost three inches long. Eeew-they are fascinating but creepy looking little chaps, aren’t they?

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