People often say to me that the hardest part about my job must be putting pets to sleep. Full disclosure, this is actually not the hardest part. Make no mistake, I love my patients, and having to let them go does break my heart. But I also think that having the ability to release our pets fr…

Go away. After seven years in Vermont, this was the spring that finally caused me to break down and buy myself a pair of muck boots. Shortly after, during a brief reprieve from the rain, I splattered through my swamp of a yard to see if I’d be able to plant the garden or just have to settle …

So, it may not be raining the minute, or even day, that you are reading this. But, judging from the past few weeks, it will again very, very soon. We are suffering the effects of rain here big time.

It’s 2 a.m. and you hear your cat throw up. No big deal, right? How about throwing up 10 times? What if they are screaming in the litter box? What if they are limping. It can be hard to tell when an emergency is a real emergency and when it can wait until the next morning.

Spring is finally here, with warm, sunny days and plants greening up all around us. I love seeing our perennial herbs coming back to life in the gardens. Our chives seem to have grown a couple inches on one sunny day recently, shooting up towards the sky full of life and vitality.

As the grass turns green and a hundred dog poops appear on the lawn from melted snow, we finally welcome spring in all its glory. This brings me to some common questions from readers and clients.

Spring is a rainy season. Seattle is a rainy city. Combine the two and you might expect a washout. Yet, Seattle just experienced its driest March in 75 years. It may be a fluke, or perhaps climate change will make the Emerald City a fine spring getaway for us Vermonters, where winter continu…

Easter is a great time to welcome spring, regardless of your religious views. We are welcoming new grass, buds on trees, flowers peeking up from the ground. We also welcome many things in our house. Most of these are great for us (candy, flowers, delicious food) but not all of them are great…

Ancient healing techniques are becoming more commonplace in our country as people recognize the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to health. One of these is Ayurveda, which is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. Ayurveda, which means “The Science of Life” in …

With the spring equinox just past, may I have a moment of your time? Time is many things … the unchangeable march of seconds, minutes, hours; the fourth dimension of space/time; an elastic concept to be played with (or even just arbitrarily moved forward or backward an hour here and there). …

Two of my favorite things to talk about are pet fitness and tick prevention. This is clear to anyone who reads my articles, since you’re probably sick of hearing about both. BUT, the reason I go on and on about them is that they are so important to pet health, and I love healthy pets. So, we…

Women in the workplace do not always receive their due. A spate of books over the last few years reveals the stories of these previously unsung women whose work was instrumental in science, technology and the military.

After Guinness and Jameson, Baileys is probably the next most popular Irish beverage. My girlfriend would argue in favor of Magners, one of her favorite ciders, but just about everyone is familiar with Baileys Irish Cream.

I feel like coming out of February always lightens us all up. We may often get tons of snow in March, but the temperatures even out (no promises though), daylight is present for more than four hours and we see spring in our sights. Thankfully, I spent February with a new baby, so night and d…

I shouldn’t tell you about these donuts. My grandmother doesn’t approve. Although she died about 15 years ago, I heard from her last week. She reached out from the afterlife to let me know I’m making these donuts all wrong.

The number-one concern that people have about dental cleanings is that the pet must go under anesthesia. I will walk you through a dental at our clinic and explain why being under anesthesia is in the best interest of everyone involved. Different clinics have different protocols, and this wi…

What is brunch? It’s either a late breakfast, early lunch or some hybrid of the two, right? Well if there were one dish that were to represent that hybrid, I can’t think of a better manifestation than the Monte Cristo.

When meteorologists predict a big snowstorm, people descend upon grocery stores to stock up. On a beautiful sunny day, we try to get outside to appreciate it. Meteorologists tell us through various channels what to expect because major weather events affect our lives in noticeable ways. Howe…

It is the week of Valentine’s Day! This means different things to different people. To some it means romantic dinners, to others (most of us) it means that delicious candy will soon be on sale. The one thing that everyone thinks about is hearts. Sure, we think about cute red and pink heart s…

As we get into the depths of winter, when the snow starts to pile up and it becomes too cold and bitter to venture out for long, it’s a good time to make hearty meals that cook slowly through the course of a lazy weekend day. Stews that warm the air with their gentle heat and meaty aromas al…

Coffee table books, because they are usually heavy on illustrations, can be interesting to page through. These supersize books don’t always fit neatly on shelves, so in some libraries they have their own space. Here are a few big titles on different topics.

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