siberian husky

 

   I have not had much experience with the Siberian Husky until the past two years. My boyfriend has a beautiful two year old Husky. I always thought they were extremely pretty dogs, but they were never one of my favorites. I just never thought of them that much. 

    The first thing I must mention about Huskies: if you have never owned a dog or are not very experienced with dogs, Huskies are not the dogs for you! I don’t like stereotyping animals at all, but this is in the best interest of the dog. Huskies are stubborn and need a firm but kind hand to lead and teach them. 

    Second, they need A LOT of exercise. If you are not able to provide them with that, or if you live in an apartment or someplace with not much land, then your Husky will grow fat and lazy. Huskies are not supposed to be fat! They are very muscular and strong dogs. That is part of what makes them so beautiful. 

    Third, Huskies require a lot of maintenance. Another thing that makes them so stunning to look at is their beautiful coat. That beautiful coat, though, needs a lot of upkeep. Grooming is of the utmost importance with this breed. They have a double coat since they were bred in the cold, harsh climates of Russia. Their coat is designed to keep them warm in the winter time, and when it is the summertime, they need to be cool, so they shed the under part of their coat. That is why, when huskies shed, a lot of times you will see their hair just fall off in clumps. And, yes, the clumps with be found all over your house! 

    Fourth, huskies can be good family pets, but they are not the best around small children. They are super friendly towards other dogs though! 

    Like I said earlier, I do not like stereotyping dogs, so a lot of this stuff can be true, but it is not always true. It also has a lot to do with how the owner raises and trains them. They are known to be very stubborn dogs, but my boyfriend’s Husky is so well behaved, because my boyfriend took so much time and energy to train him when his Husky was just a little pup. 

    Huskies are truly beautiful and incredibly fascinating creatures. I could go on and on about them, but I don’t want to bore you! Until next time ❤️

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breeds 

Dog breeds are fascinating. They are fascinating to read about and to learn about and to watch. I just love reading about their typical characteristic traits and then watching everything I read about displayed right in front of me. 
    I love all dog breeds, but there are a few that I favor more than others. First of all, I am really into big dogs. Honestly, the bigger the better. I do like all dogs, but you would never see me owning a min pin or a chihuahua. I do have a list of my favorite dog breeds. Here are my top five favorite dog breeds, in order: Labrador Retrievers, Siberian Huskies, Australian Shepherds, German Shepherds, and Cane Corsos. 

    Black labs were the first two dogs I ever owned. They are what made me realize my passion for animals when I was just a tiny little baby. So yes, animals have ALWAYS been a part of my life. The hardest thing g was when I had to say goodbye to those two wonderful dogs. That was 6 years ago and I still get teary-eyed thinking about them. 

    I’ve decided that I will try and not just write about my life at the vet clinic or my love for animals, but I will also try and inform the readers of interesting topics, such as different types of dog breeds. 

    That is all for now. I am tuckered out. Goodnight. 

great and small 


Nothing boils my buttons more than when people seem to have no care for animals or wildlife. How can that even be possible? I just do not understand how one can look into the eyes of an animal and feel no compassion. 

    I am a huge fan of Little House on the Prairie. It has been awhile since I read the books themselves but I believe this happened in Little House in the Big Woods. One day, Pa was out hunting for food to feed his family. It was officially the deer season, so he could hunt for deer. Well, he was out hunting. I believe he was perched in a tree, scoping the land for a nice big buck to shoot. Eventually, he saw one. He was ever so quiet, making the smallest of movements, slowly and steadily raising his gun, beads of sweat rolling down his face. He was about to shoot. But then. . .he saw the eyes of the deer. And he couldn’t do it. He let the deer get away. He saw, in that moment, just how beautiful and peaceful that deer seemed. 

    My friend’s new boyfriend is almost totally heartless when it comes to animals. I understand if you just aren’t a huge fan of animals. Believe me, that is how I am with children. And yes, the children that come into my vet clinic have worse behavior than the animals. It’s sad. But anyway, he always tells stories of how he and his friends used to shoot coyotes in the face with paintball guns and how they would shoot squirrels with BB guns. How cruel do you have to be to do something like that? 

    He tells those stories when I tell stories of how much I adore animals. It just breaks my heart. My boyfriend understands my feelings and tells my friend’s boyfriend that it is not right to do that. Which, it isn’t right. It isn’t right at all. 

    Next time you are out and about in nature, and you happen to see an animal, don’t keep walking as if it’s not even there. Just stop for a minute. Take the time to look in the eyes of that animal. Then, you will see how beautiful it truly is. And your heart and your mind will be forever changed. 

 “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” 

― Martin Buber

inspiration


When I work, sometimes I overhear conversations that the veterinarians are having with vet techs or other veterinarians. Sometimes, their conversations really discourage me. My dream is to be a veterinarian, but it seems as if some of the vets lost sight of their passion a long time ago. They lost sight of the reason that they became a veterinarian in the first place. Now, all they seem to care about is showing up and then leaving. 

    But that is not the case for all of them. Three veterinarians really stand out at my clinic. One of them is the head vet. Everyone loves him. He has such a head for his human clients, his animal patients, and the career that he had chosen years ago. The fire is still in his heart, and it is so easy to see. I aspire to be like him one day. 

    The next veterinarian is a woman that not a lot of people at my work seem to “understand”. Some of them don’t like her because she seems mean. I was afraid of her, because I listened to what everyone else said. But then I just took a minute to watch her, and I took a minute to get to know her better. Actually, she is the one who started talking to me. And then I realized that even if she isn’t the best people person, she is one of the best animal persons I have seen at the clinic. Her love for animals, especially cats, is absolutely incredible. 

    The last veterinarian actually isn’t there that much. She had a major surgery last year and is still recovering. But, she is amazing. She has a big list of clients that will ONLY see her. It seems as if they know that she’s coming in before we know! She usually calls us to let us know she will be coming in that day and at what time, but sometimes her clients show up and tell us before she has even called us! Seeing her talk to the clients and the patients is so beautiful. She has such a way with people and with animals. She is such an inspiration to me. She is another example of someone who fell in love with a passion years ago and still remembers that they fell in love with it. 

    There are many veterinarians at my clinic, but those three inspire me more and more everyday to pursue my passion. 

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

 Harriet Tubman

to have a dream


    Most of my blog posts have been about working in the boarding area in my clinic, because, in all honesty, I’d much rather talk about the amazing animals I get to see rather than the multitudes of people I have to deal with. But, working at a vet hospital has one amazing benefit (well, two if you count seeing so many animals everyday). I get to be in close contact with eight very talented veterinarians every day. That is every pairing veterinarian’s dream! 

    I have been able to witness/hear some amazing things. I have seen two surgeries by our head vet ( my personal favorite vet), a pyo and a neuter, as well as hearing some amazing stories and facts that every pre vet student should know. Working here this summer has prepared me more to be a veterinarian than any of the classes I took this past year could have. 

    My love for animals and my passion to serve them has only continued to increase since working here. It’s as if I have two sets of eyes now. One set I wear when I am at home or just out and about. The other set I wear when I am at work with all of these animals or basically anywhere that has animals. I am always so aware of them now. Well, I guess I should say that I am even MORE aware of them now. Who knew that could happen? Everyone who knows me knows that I have had a fire in my heart for animals since I came home from the hospital my first day in this world and was greeted by two crazy, beautiful, black Labrador retrievers. My passion for animals hasn’t stopped since. 

    “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ― Anatole France

earning trust

    This is a beautiful veteran German Shepherd. I fell in love the minute I laid my eyes upon her. She did not feel the same way, though. She was so scared, her entire body was quivering. She was huddled on her little cot in the corner, as far away from the door and as far away from me as possible. I could not possibly let her continue to fear me. I had to change her opinion about me. I wanted her to look at me as her friend and companion, not as her enemy. 

    Gaining the trust of animals can be tricky. You want them to trust you, but you need to be cautious while earning their trust. As much as you love them, you are not sure how they will react to you, especially in close proximity. They could just bark at you, which might sound/look threatening, but as soon as you are in the cage with them and there is not a wiry cage door separating the two of you, they could jump on you and start kissing you all over. Others, though, could possibly try to bite or scratch you. It is not because they are cruel dogs. They are just frightened and out of their comfort zone. 

   As I entered the cage and slowly approached the German Shepherd, she began to crouch. I did not know if it was because she was scared or if she was going to attack. So, I decided to sit on the floor of her cage and let her approach me when she was ready. 

    She stared at me for a minute and then slowly walked towards me. I help out my hand so she could sniff it. She sniffed all around me, probably smelling every other dog in the boarding area on me. I pet her head, which scared her, but she then liked it. Eventually, she started licking me All over, she plopped right down on my lap. 

    Gaining an animal’s trust can be the most rewarding feeling. It isn’t always as easy as gaining the trust of this German Shepherd. But, it is always worth it. ♡

Proverbs 12:10

A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.

    

pet parents 

Working at a vet clinic, one sees every side of “parenting”. There are the parents who are the helicopter parents (I am one of those parents) who have to make sure that their babies are up to date on all of their vaccines, are regularly tested for parasites and heart worms, are on the best flea/tick prevention. These are the type of parents who watch their pets poop to make sure everything looks ok, and if they haven’t pooped in 24 hours, they rush them straight down to us. They also like to pamper their pets, coming in to get their toe nails trimmed at least once a week. 

        Unfortunately, not all pet parents are like that. A lot of people coming into my clinic are overdue on a lot of things that they find “unnecessary” to the health and wellness of their pet. Most of the time they are in there for toe nail trims or for express anal glands. It makes me wish that we could make it mandatory for them to be up to date on all things if they wish to use us. 

        The good pet parents are my favorite people. I can relate to them on a spiritual level.  These are the people that will spend $20,000 on their little chihuahua, trying to save his life, and he still doesn’t make it (yes, that actually did happen with one of our clients). The length that these people will go to for their babies reassures me that there are more devoted animal lovers in the world than just me. And it makes me overjoyed knowing I am not alone. 

        Loving an animal is one of the most rewarding feelings in the world. The animal will not only love you back but will do anything for you. And you get unlimited cuddles and kisses, so it’s a win-win situation. If you have never tried loving an animal, I highly suggest it. The results will be so amazing. 

Proverbs 12:10 

“Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.”