Tag: veterinary medicine

  • “Good Death”

    Today, I’m musing about euthanasia, a word that means “good death”.  As I drove away from the home in Waupaca wherein I had just euthanized a 13-year-old, 13-pound, lovable, much-loved, black, curly-haired dog with intestinal cancer, I thought to myself, “What a privilege it was for me to have assisted that dog through that sacred passage from life […]

  • Emotions

    Today, I’m musing about emotions. Temple Grandin wrote, “My theory is that the environment animals live in should activate their positive emotions as much as possible, and not activate their negative emotions any more than necessary. If we get the animal’s emotions right, we will have fewer problem behaviors. … research in neuroscience has been […]

  • Nature Deficit Disorder…continued

    Today, I’m continuing to muse about Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD). First, full disclosure. I was introduced to the term NDD by the author Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder, published in 2005. Second, I want to unpack something I mentioned in my last column, the medical […]

  • Mystery of the animal-human bond

    Today, I’m musing about the mystery of the animal-human bond. I’m considering two questions in particular; “Do animals help us discover who we are?” “Are our fur-bearing friends picking up on Today’s everywhere-all-the-time anxiety and fear?” After a lifetime of animal stories—my own and those of others—something Bill Lipschultz said to me over our recent […]

  • Veterinary medicine and sturgeons

    Today, I’m musing about musing, about veterinary medicine, and about sturgeon. To muse: “… to become absorbed in thought; especially to turn something over in the mind meditatively and often inconclusively.” We expect a veterinarian to have a working knowledge of all animals. All animals?  Think about it.  There are an estimated 60,000 species of […]

  • One Veterinarian’s Musings… Return to Wisconsin, coming home

    A couple of weeks ago, as I was driving away from Patty’s Hair Affair, I noticed John Faucher’s camouflaged truck. I did a U-turn. I stopped, hopped out of my truck and enjoyed a long chat with John. It was in a state of gratitude and wonderment that I sat down here at my computer […]