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Objective-To share my animal experiences, photos,
information about pets/animals, and neat science news.


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1/30/2018

Three good scientific articles on aflatoxins. A mycotoxin often found in dog and cat food.

One,    Two,    Three


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1/29/2018

Three pets visited today.




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1/29/2018

You MUST read this obituary about a man named Terry Ward.

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1/16/2018

Winston visited last week.
His DNA results will be interesting.





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12/1/2017
We had 3 wonderful dog visitors this week.
Their order in the below video: Kingston, Toews, and Zazu.



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11/25/2017

We have a wild country driveway.



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11/16/2017

Dog visitors (plus one Jenday Conure) who made us smile this week.

Zazu



Moose-a return visit by popular demand




Neo, Tank and Charlie (Jenday Conure)




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11/10/2017

Wonderful dog visitors this week.

Moose



Cain



Cope



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11/3/2017

We had 5 wonderful dog visitors this week in my classes.
We discussed their breeds, behavior, training, etc.
We even did a DNA swab on Shadow. We know his mom
is a chocolate lab but the father is completely unknown.
We will see what the DNA results show (his breed makeup).

Stark-the GSD



Shadow



Royal-Retired show dog



Bandit



Sasha




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10/27/2017

Lethal chemical amounts for humans

Dog with 46 lb. tumor

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10/23/2017

Today in Animal Health Management we had a pop quiz.
Just one question--Tell me about Lochia. Anything: definition,
what you remember from other classes, etc.
Write something down even if it is a WAG.
 (We have not discussed it yet in this class,
so I was looking for prior learning or experience).

It was just for fun-no names were
put on the answers handed-in.

Two students had the correct answer.

Here are other student answers:

--Sounds like "Nokia", must have something
to do with indestructibility.

--Body part.

--Not sure, is it point of origin?

--Seems like a biological term,
but I've never heard of it.

--Disease that affects the ears in some way.

--The part in an animal's brain that tells
them who to bite and who not to bite.

--An internal parasite.

--A genetic term for a site of activity.

--A medical problem that spreads but
has an original/local spot in the body.

--An infection on a part of the body.

--A medical term for something in animals.

--Pertaining to hearing (or lochness monster?).

--Something to do with bones??

--Something to do with trachea.

--Something pertaining to the ear
(sounds like cochlea)?

--Condition of loch (ia=condition).

--Related to a central location.

--Part of thee throat related to the voicebox.

--In relation to sound/hearing.

--Anatomy: structure/part of the body.

--Sounds like a virus or bacteria of some sort.

--Something to do with hearing.

--Maybe some kind of disease? Sounds like
the word could be broken down (Lo--chia).

--It has to do with the eye.

--Choosing to learn in order to be successful in the future,
not because you are forced to learn it.

--Condition in an animal.

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Minnie was a fun canine visitor today.
Her DNA results will show up here in about one month.




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10/20/2017

Eddie and Valko were great guests yesterday.



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10-17-17

Captain was a visitor this morning.



Lyla was a visitor this afternoon.




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10-13-17

Guest Maverick yesterday.



Guest Finn yesterday.




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10-12-17

Paid Leave When Your Dog is Sick


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10-5-17

Aubree-today's guest--Shih Tzu (she was great in class-she helped me proctor the exam)



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10-3-17

Today's guest-Royal




Yesterday's guests-Royal and a puppy

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9-28-17
2 wonderful Boxers today.......



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9-25-17

Samson visited today. We discussed his DNA results.




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9-23-17

Beautiful visiting animals from this past week:

JT-Basset Hound





Brownie-GSD

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Creed

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Willow

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9-17-17

Beautiful visiting animals from this past week:

Mishka-the Samoyed



Benny the ferret



Maverick-the White Boxer

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Cali (Calico) and Bear (Tortishell)--cats

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9-10-17

Beautiful visiting animals from this past week:



Tazer was great............



Roo-Yellow Lab pup.......



Had a wonderful, calm cat visit......


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9-4-17

Mark your calendars:

The Great Indy Pet Expo-November 11 & 12, 2017

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9-3-17

LAX has gone to the dogs!

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9-2-17

This past week was busy with many animal visitors in my 3 classes (160 students total).
When the animals come to class, we talk about animal behavior,
diets, health, genetics, how people should interact
with the visiting animals, etc. We also discuss any health issues
that the animal may have, etc. The animals below visited this past week.

The Bearded Dragon Peetree:

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The Bearded Dragon Drogon:

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Royal and Maverick-2 complete strangers until we introduced them today.



Two Boxers-Maverick and Dinozzo (they are roommates).
They enjoyed the bull pizzle treats.



Then the beautiful Artemis.



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8-27-17
I have been dogless for about a year.
So it was time and destiny recently provided puppies.
I plan to start a separate puppy blog where I make comments
on diet, vacinnations, deworming, etc. They were born 6-12-17.

dogs



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8-12-17

25,000 cat lovers are going to Catcon-today


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8-3-17

All the abstracts from this summer's Animal Science Meeting

All the abstracts from this summer's meeting
of the Society for the Study of Reproduction

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My latest try at HDR Photography.

I ran into this cabin after leaving Dogtown.
Nine images (exposures) were combined into one for this final image.
Click on photo to see enlarged photo.

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6-21-17

I recently had the pleasure of visiting
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary/Dogtown in Utah.
I spent approx. 2.5 days there and had a blast.
I made videos of much of what I saw-Here

dogtown



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Purdue Ag students at 2017 graduation on May 13, 2017



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5-14-17

Today, we lost a dear friend. R.I.P. dear Bruiser............

Bruiser


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4-25-17

When you find pentobarbital in dog food, the most
likely source is the bodies of euthanized pets.
Another recall........

Article #1

Article #2

Go to date 3-4-17 below to read about meat meal, etc.


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4-19-17

Stella is showing everyone the normal behavior
of a happy Pitbull (Stella and I were the only
ones not taking an exam).



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4-12-17

Blue and Grace-therapy dogs in training (visited today).
Full of life.



Sophie visited this afternoon. We learned about her
breed combo (Greyhound X Yellow Lab). And we learned she was
rescued from people who fight dogs (not 100% sure about that). She was probably destined
to be attacked by fighting dogs. A portion of her tongue was cut off
to mark her as a bait dog. This is disgusting.

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Sophie liked the bull pizzle treat.

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Look at her tongue!!!!

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4-10-17

Clifford, the 9-week-old Alaskan Malamute visited us today.
We learned about his breed and observed normal puppy behavior.




Rod gets a kiss from Clifford......

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4-1-17

Pictures and a video from the 2017 Hoosier Horse Fair.





How to control your horse. Many lessons given at this fair.

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Are these pony tails or pig tails???????

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Gentle Giants

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Seeing eye-to-eye.

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That camera looks like hay to me buddy..........

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Quit throwing brown paint at me!!!!!

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3-31-17

Pictures from the DOGS: Faithful & True
Exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum


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3-29-17

Nugget visited for several days so we could observe
normal Chihuahua behavior.

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Nugget was the exam proctor one day!


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Also had 2 beautiful Siamese cats visit. Tequila appears
 in both pictures while Oliver was too camera shy to get a good picture.

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3-19-17

The Hoosier Horse Fair is always a great event. Starts Friday, 3/31.

Horses

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3-18-17

Check out the pet food recalls from yesterday.


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3-8-17

Yea! Another 2 dog day.

Grace this morning. She assisted with the student presentations.
She is in training to be a therapy dog!

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Then, Sparky this afternoon.
He had Lyme Disease last year and we heard all
about his symptoms, treatment, and recovery.

dog

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3-7-17

Leaked pics of what heaven looks like.


Student comments on how to study.
These comments are valuable for any student/any course.
Here

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3-6-17

Today was a 2-dog day. Yeah.......

In the morning, Kairi--6 year old Siberian Husky.

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Nap time......

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In the afternoon, Zoe--5 month old Blue Heeler.

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Heterochromia at its best.......

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3-5-17

Iditarod starts Monday


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3-4-17


More and more companies are popping up
that make better quality pet food (e.g., not using meat
meal-a rendered product containing mammal tissue).
See the section entitled Ingredient List at the FDA.

Maybe things have changed since 1995, but
read the first paragraph in Section 2.1
from this EPA publication.


I ran into this well designed site in the U.K.

that does a good job of explaining their
pet food ingredients. Lily's Kitchen.

And of course, you can make/prepare your pet's food at home.

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3-2-17

Looks like a neat dog exhibit at the Eiteljorg in INDY.


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3-1-17

Stella greeted everyone coming in to take the exam.



Stella-the official exam proctor needed a little rest too.

stella

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2-27-17

We had a very young Bearded Dragon visit today.
That's Coach Rochelle holding it.

bearded dragon

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2-22-17
Yea!!! I had a 3-dog day today.
This morning, Grace (in front) and Athena (middle of picture).

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And then beautiful Lena in the afternoon-born in Berlin, Germany.

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2-20-17

Today's wonderful visitors.
Morning visitor-Cooper (Took DNA swab)
It will be interesting to see his breed combinations.

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Afternoon visitor-Sadie

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And Sadie needed a nap during my lecture!!!!!!!!
She was completely at home with us-no anxiety.

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2-16-17

Now we're talking!! Paid Puppy Leave at this business.


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2-14-17

Just what you need, a pet buffalo.




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2-13-17

Wonderful visitors today!!!!!
They both interacted with all students.

Harlyn

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Krit

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2-12-17

Scenes from today's dog show.






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2-12-17

Whiskey (Golden Retriever) was a great vistor last week.

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Ethylene Glycol kills 2 dogs in Utah


Pentobarbital in dog food????????


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1-29-17

Amos is lucky to be alive! Just rescued this weekend in OH.
Don't feed him too much at the beginning.
There is a proper protocol to follow for animals in this condition.

dog1

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1-26-17


Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show-Feb. 13 & 14

Fill out a bracket of the winners (win $) if you think you're good enough

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1-18-16

FDA Warns of Skin Cancer Cream That Killed 5 Dogs.

Dogs Kill Young Boy in Atlanta (1-17-17)

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My recent encounter with a Big Horn Sheep (Ram).



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1-12-17

Bruiser, who has come to class often, loves superworms.



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1-11-17

Grace (on left) and Blue were today's guests.
Grace is bilaterally deaf because of her genes.
We had a wonderful visit with them.

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We are working on getting this guy (Charlie) to class.
He visited last semester when he was 5 months old.
Now he is almost full grown. He is so handsome!!!!!

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1-10-17

Don't let your dog eat any discarded material
found on your daily walks or in your yard.
Sometimes the material will be poisonous.
Dogs poisoned in St. Paul, MN.

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1-8-17
I.V. ice-cold saline may save lives of some trauma victims

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1-7-17


Latest recommendations on peanut allergies and children-this is good info

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1-4-17

Cat food recall

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11-23-16

Last week we had Chessie the Turkish Van visit class.
A breed of cat that loves water!
More info on the Turkish Van-HERE.

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11-13-16

Click on this picture to take you to great pictures of children and their dogs!!!!!!

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11-12-16

Attended the Great Indy Pet Expo today. It's always fun.
Saw about 7 present and past students!

There were smart dogs there!

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There were tired dogs there!

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This rabbit rescue organization had 70 rabbits available for adoption!!!!!!

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Llamas also!!!!!

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11-10-16
Nala visited this morning--very nice 3/4 English Mastiff, 1/4 Yellow Lab

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Then in the afternoon, Dobby the Dachshund-12 years old!

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11-7-16

Freestyle Dog Dancing-Impressive
Also watch the next video with woman in army uniform,
incredible dog!





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11-3-16

Patterson was a very well-behaved guest today. He is watching the presentation.

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Here he is again.

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11-1-16

Zoey was soooo good to be around. Well-mannered.

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She loved the bull pizzle. We did take a DNA swab before we gave her the pizzle.

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Being Halloween, Stella and Shadow had to revisit us in costume. We took a DNA swab from Shadow.

Stella dressed as a pig.

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Stella enjoyed her bull pizzle.

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Stella resting at home-she is one sweet dog.

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This is shadow. We took a swab for DNA testing. He really enjoyed the bull pizzle.
He is also very sweet and well-behaved.

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10-27-16

Two pet visitors today.

This is Oliver the Chihuahua. Very sweet dog!

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Oliver again!

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And here is Khloe the American Long-Hair Calico. Very sweet cat.

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Khloe again.

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10-25-16

Interacted with 4 dogs today!!

Scout-Bernese Mountain Dog

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Mollie-Australian Shepherd

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Relaxing in classroom

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Then we have Charlie-Great Dane-5 months old.

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Another view of Charlie.

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And the Shih Tzu-9 years old--Boo

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10-20-16
Samson was busy chewing today. But we did take a swab for DNA analysis.

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Stevie the 1 year old blind cat was also a visitor today.

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In the afternoon we had April the Cockapoo in class (DNA swab will be done).

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We also had Nova in class (DNA swab taken). Look at those blue eyes!

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A group picture!

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10-18-16

19 year old Pooh visited today.

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When you are a 19 year old cat, you can take naps whenever, wherever!

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10-17-16

Stella was today's visitor. We took a cheek swab for DNA test.
She greeted everyone at the door!

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Stella knows how to relax!

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10-15-16

Met Daisy today on the Monon Trail in Carmel, IN.
She is a one year old Goldendoodle.

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10-13-16

Crystal visited us today-a Papillon

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We took a cheek swab for DNA testing.

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10-12-16

We have started the DNA testing-via cheek swab.
We will do about 20 dogs. Here is Royal getting a swab.

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10-10-16

Make sure you check out the Puppy-Cam in Alaska


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10-7-16

I got to walk this beautiful Cairn Terrier today!

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It's hard to find good cat documentaries. Here is one:




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10-6-16
Mugsy the Puggle (Pug X Beagle) visited us this morning.

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He looks good for  9 years old.
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Our class mascot, Bruiser, was also present today.

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Mugsy interacted with everyone.

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Mugsy meets Bruiser--no problem.

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Mugsy took a selfie.

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Then in the afternoon, we had a Papillon and a Border Terrier.

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This is Samwise the Papillon.

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And this is Keifer the Border Terrier.

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Keifer flying through the air!!!

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And sleeping Samwise..........Sh...Sh....Sh....Sh....

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10-5-16

Buster, a Pit Bull cross paid us a visit today.
He was awesome. 5 years old but we know nothing of his history.
He was adopted just 3 weeks ago by one of my students.
We plan to do a swab DNA test on him to determine background.

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Friendly!!!!!

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Did I say friendly????

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And he likes massages!

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10-4-16
We had 2 beautiful St. Bernard crosses in class today.
This is Honey-(female)

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This is Blockhead-(male)

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Everyone coming into the classroom had to pass the sniff test.

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They were obtained from an animal shelter at one year of age.
They are now 9 years old. They may be litter mates but no one knows for sure.
We plan to do a DNA test kit on them as a class project.

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10-2-16

A beautiful Cairn Terrier I interacted with this weekend.

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10-1-16

Rats can swim up your toilet. This actually happened
to one of my workers when we were working cattle some years ago.

The article at National Geographic

A video showing a rat in action.



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9-30-16

There is a good documentary on Pit Bulls (showing below) that I use in one class.
It interviews many owners in CA involved with Pit Bulls.
My favorite owner (and one that has loads of dog sense)
is Leri Hansen. Listen carefully to what she says. It is spot on.



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9-29-16

It was a 3-dog-day today.

Lola in the morning. Giving kisses.

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Chewing on a Bully Stick (bull penis) I keep in my office.

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And getting attention.......

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How they make bully sticks........




Ty and Zoey visited us in the afternoon class where we viewed the documentary-Dealing Dogs

This is Ty--a Cockapoo

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Yes-we use the tables as we like!

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Zoey was very photogenic.

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And gave me a kiss to boot!

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At the top of this day's blog I said "3-dog-day"

That reminded me of Three Dog Night

I wonder how they came up with that name?????



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9-28-16

Montreal has banned Pit Bulls--this week

Don't miss the 600 comments at the bottom of the article.

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9-27-16

Kairi visited today-Siberian Husky. She has a GPS tracking device on
her collar-so if she escapes from her yard,
a message will be sent to the owner's smart phone-the message will
indicate the location of Kairi.
Kairi drove down today from northern IN.

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9-26-16

Music for dogs--very relaxing




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9-25-16

Someone wants some attention.



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9-24-16

I had a wonderful time at the goat show in Kentland.
The following pictures show how much fun I had.
These were the breed of goats.....Miniature Silky Fainting Goats

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They love to have their picture taken.

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They showed goats and a judge was present. Ribbons were awarded.

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Some people brought their pups-4 month old Golden here.

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Is this hair long enough????

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This was a rescued Dobbie. We interacted a lot and became friends.

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These goats had never met this women before! But were instant friends.

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This is Claire. A past favorite student who lives in the area of the goat show.

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My aunt was here also showing goats--this is one of hers.

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9-23-16

This weekend I am going to a goat show in Kentland, IN. I'll post pictures when I get back.
There will be Fainting Goats there. It's a genetic disorder termed myotonia congenita.



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9-22-16

We had 2 dog visitors today in a class. Isabel (white) is a pointer mix
who is almost 13 years old. She is looking very good for 13.
Clover (brown) is a Bull Dog/Beagle mix who is almost one year old.

dogs

Everyone enjoys the pets that come to class. We learn about breeds, behavior,
health issues and how to interact with animals.

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We had an exam today, maybe Bruiser helped with a few answers!  The dogs did not bother him.
Imagine, we had 2 dogs and one Bearded Dragon in the class at the same time.

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Clover and Isabel helped with crowd control! We have a very relaxed class environment.

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Taylor Swift stopped by to interact with the dogs! Well, it kind of looks like Taylor from this angle!

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Clover liked my laser pointer!



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9-20-16

We had 2 Chinese Crested Dogs in class today!!!!
Many of us had never seen one up close.....
Molly on the left, Zoe on the right! Oh, yea, Austin in the center!
They both enjoyed interacting with everyone. Very friendly, very loving.

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These are called the naked dogs-this is Zoe...Good view of nakedness!

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Austin also talked about his cat, Hinkley (a Himalayan cat).
Austin's parents brought all three of these pets to class.
Many thanks to Austin's parents!!! His parents stayed for the entire class.

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Hinkley was trimmed so his long hair was gone!

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9-19-16

Wags was fun to have in class (maybe a little intimidated,
but there were a lot of students in the room....)
Wags is a Dachshund.
Wags helped us learn about the location of the popliteal lymph node.

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Shadow and Stella made a return visit but came to a different class.
They helped us learn about arthritis and how nutrition influences dog health.

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9-15-16

Another animal-filled day!

Pippin, the dwarf rabbit.

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Bella, the Maltese (very photogenic!)

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Koby, the Australian Shepherd
(has had bilateral CCL surgeries, this is
similar to ACL surgery in humans)

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Some students are bringing hammocks to campus for relaxation!
This student was relaxing (and studying) between classes.
It also was her birthday!

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9-14-16

These 2 wonderful animals visited a class today.

Holly (on left) and Breezy.
Holly is a Australian Shepherd cross
and Breezy is a Golden Retriever.
Breezy is a Therapy Dog.

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Taking a break from running around. It didn't last long!

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9-13-16

Had great visits today with these wonderful animals:

Lola the Lab mix, had to greet all 90 of us.

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Lola gave everyone special attention. Dogs will lower your
blood pressure and reduce stress.

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Eddie the Corgi. His family moved back to China recently
and they could not take Eddie along. Luckily, a student adopted
him 3 days ago. He had spent 4 years with his first family.

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Eddie likes treats and attention.

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Eddie will accept belly rubs from perfect strangers!

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I was unable to take a picture of the tiger salamander
that came to class today-so here is a stock photo of one.

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Then I met a Virginia Opposum! They only live 3 years. This guy is 2.

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Then I met a 40 lb. Boa!!!!! They can live up to 30 or so years.

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9-12-16

These two beauties (Australian Shepherds) visited a class today.
We learned about their care and concerns about breeding to avoid genetic defects.

Apollo

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Midas

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Treats are yummy.

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The coolest Doggy Day Care ever..........



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9-11-16

Here are 2 more images of Bruiser who visited a class last week.

I think we just found our mascot for animal physiology!

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When Bruiser got home, he wanted to visit us again-right away.

Bruiser


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9-10-16

These cats have more rhythm than I do.......



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9-8-16

Visitors today included:

Bruiser the Bearded Dragon-beautiful.

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Bruiser was Mr. Calm-very well behaved (he even brought along his leash).

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Bruiser interacted with many students.

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This is Sophia-a 5 year old Guinea Pig-she was a peach as well.

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This is Stella (Pit Bull mix), with Shadow (Shepherd mix) in the background.

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Playing is hard work (thermoregulation at work).

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Shadow was hard to capture on film, so we held him!

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9-7-16


Today I met Roger the Ball Python, and heard about his care.

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And I met Christian, the cat-who wasn't impressed by my laser pointer.

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9-6-16

A very good presentation I heard today
by one of my students. There is no sound until the
videos start near the end.



Wonderful animals I met today.

5 pound Nugget

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13 year old smiling Jazz

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Rescued dog Leelah, who likes girls better than boys.

Leelah


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9-5-16

This looks like a very good movie-can't wait!

A Dog's Purpose



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9-4-16

This Border Collie is much braver than I am.

Brave Dog


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9-3-16
Wonderful animals I met this past week:

JT-the Basset Hound (a scent hound).
JT-dog

Smokey-the very playful kitten.


Betsy-who gave me a kiss.
Betsy

Dixie-A working Bloodhound-who loves to track scents in the woods.
Dixie

Royal-Former show dog
Royal

Rocket-the Hedgehog-who hissed at me!
Hedgehog

JJ the turtle who was found in the stomach of a caught fish as a hatchling (1 year ago)
JJ

The Eastern Box Turtle that lives in our woods-only see him several times a year!
Eastern Box Turtle