Posts tagged ‘BeBrave’

DOG GONE BAD VET

I chose our veterinary clinic because it was AAHA certified. I wasn’t impressed with the facilities but the owner/vet seemed competent enough and he was supposed to be available at all times for emergencies. Not only was he not available when we needed him this weekend (See UPDATE), he NEVER RETURNED OUR CALL!

I don’t think that there is anything left to say. He promised a standard of care that was not there. I will not take that risk again. He’s history.

ADDENDUM I think Little-Bit is O.K., but I will be following up with our new vet.

ADDENDUM AGAIN- The vet and his staff called me numerous times on Monday and Tuesday.  Awkward. The excuse given was that the answering service had taken down my number incorrectly. Don’t most answering services have caller ID? I am not changing my mind. Choosing a new vet is never easy, though…

HAPPY ENDINGWell, the answering service sent a transcript of their recording and they had written my number incorrectly as well as my name. I also received an written apology from the operator who had made the error. So I have rescheduled Black Cat’s check-up for this week and we will continue with this practice. Let you know how that goes.

WELL, NOT SO MUCH- Black Cat got carsick in every possible way on the short drive over and then almost escaped. They made me sign something agreeing to pay $25.00 if I cancel an appointment. Then we spent over $300 for a yearly checkup for a healthy cat. We were there almost two hours but part of that was B.C.’s fault as they had to clean her up. I’m sure, if I look closely at my itemized bill, that I was charged for that.

Himself met the vet and didn’t like him either. We really can’t put our finger on why that is. Something about his demeanor.

I don’t see this relationship working out long term, do you?

May/2009 at 3:23 am Leave a comment

BRAVE BEBE

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I always say that Cotons de Tulears are not great guard dogs but they make wonderful watchdogs. Bebe has proved me wrong.

This is especially amazing when you consider her history. Before she came to us she was not treated well and, unlike most Cotons, is not social. She is afraid of men. She is a one-woman dog.

I was going to my garage (unlocked and not attached to the house) through my back garden (locked gates). It was the middle of the day. The dogs were behind me but are not allowed in the garage as Little-Bit always feels compelled to baptize the floor. Usually they just sit outside the door and wait for me.

Not this day! Bebe climbed over Little-Bit and scratched my sandaled feet in her haste to attack a closed door that leads to a small room in the corner of the garage. She was jumping as high as the doorknob and literally throwing herself at the door. She went what I call “Coton Crazy” and not in a good way. She sounded like a garage full of junk yard dogs.

I thought there might be a rat in the little room and beat a hasty retreat. Bebe would not come away from the door and I had to drag her out of the garage. Even then, she stayed between me and the garage- walking backwards, barking and growling until we were safely back in the house.

I made a mental note to call the exterminator and paid scant attention to the little dog who stationed herself by the back door. She was pacing and hyper-vigilant.

An hour or so later, the animals and I went out to do our “business” (my business was deadheading my roses) and I noticed that things were awry on the deck. Someone had been in the back yard. I think that someone was also in my garage.

The policeman told me that I should have listened to my dog. I agree.

I thought about putting a sign in my back window that says, “BEWARE OF BOA CONSTRICTOR”. That would stop me if I were a burglar. But perhaps my sign should say, “BEWARE OF BEBE”.

My 15 pound, white, not-so-young fluffball is all heart. She is also my hero.

ADDENDUM- I will be locking all my doors all the time from now on. And I will listen to my dog.

May/2009 at 11:53 pm Leave a comment

NECESSARY CHANGES

You cannot change another person. They have to do that for themselves.

You can only change how you react to them. Sometimes you have to react in a drastic manner.

So, it is important to distinguish between lonely people and toxic people:

Lonely people, well, you just have to guard your time.

Toxic people require you to guard your heart, your mind, your money and sometimes even your soul.

These people do not wish you well. Just. That. Simple. They do not wish the ones you love well. They do not care about the things you care about.

They are poison. Would you keep going back to a poisoned well just because you are thirsty? No. You have to remove yourself from the situation or remove them from your life.

Sound simple? It’s not. This person could be your oldest friend, your neighbor, your boss or even a relative.

I know I am always preaching about the Power of Words.

But in this case words are cheap. Filter out the words and focus on their behavior. Ignore what they promise to do or say that they already did. Just focus on what they actually do.

Learn to protect yourself.

Making this kind of change will be the hardest thing that you have ever done. You may feel sad or guilty or like there is a vacuum where that person and that situation used to be. You may feel like you are the one being punished.

Be strong.

When you remove the bad from your life you make room for something wonderful to take it’s place.

Mar/2009 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

BLOGGING-THE POWER OF WORDS

I am so passionate about blogs and I believe so much in the potential of blogging that I wasn’t sure I would be able to accurately articulate what I really wanted to say. I worried about sounding silly or naive. Well-no guts, no glory. Here goes:

Each of us has a voice but sometimes that voice is just a whisper. Blogging amplifies.

Think of a world of citizen-journalists. Think of everyone communicating and connecting. We begin to understand each other. Our commonalities will eliminate xenophobia. What divides us becomes less important than what connects us. We become more humanistic.

Suddenly the world becomes a much smaller place.

Think of a moment of bravery. A click of a cell phone camera. Posting from that phone to a blog. A matter of seconds, a deep breath. Your identity is shielded. It’s like having secret super powers. You are not exposed but because of you, and others like you, there will be no more iron curtains, bamboo curtains and barbed-wire borders. Hell, there won’t be any more glass ceilings.

The world becomes a much safer place.

Blogging is a conversation. People find each other and form groups and communities. These begin to overlap. We begin to think globally. Differences dissolve. Bloggers form social networks. Lost friends and even families are reconnected. You realize that you are not alone. There are other people like you out there. There are lots of people like you out there! You find your peers, your tribe.

The world becomes a friendlier place.

We should spend our money on spreading the internet instead of spreading war. The most remote village should have internet connection, a computer and a way to communicate with the outside world. This should be the new gathering place, the new lodge or campfire. The whole village should be invested and understand what it represents. Information is power. Knowledge is empowering. Words are so very powerful. The more wired we are, the less isolated people are. We can begin to stop genocide, suicide, poaching, hacking of rain forests, polluting, slave traders, the exploitation of children.

The world becomes more aware, less political and more proactive. We begin to heal.

It costs nothing to set up a WordPress blog. It takes just a few minutes. You can choose to be anonymous. You can create a whole new persona. Or you can actually become the person that you always wanted to be.

You can do a wiki to run a business or to connect people, supplies and first responders during a disaster. We saw this during the 2004 tsunami.

Or you can simply reach out with your words. Words can be weapons. We all remember a negative comment from our childhood that has stayed with us forever since.

But words can also be weapons in a warrior/angel kind of way. They can fight city hall. They can call attention to corruption or government waste. They can hold people accountable for their actions.

Words can soothe a child. Words can heal a broken heart. But they are a double edged sword.

You have a choice to add to the noise and chaos or you can hack away at the ugliness and lies. With blogging you have the ability to reach the truth that shines at the heart of every thing. Try transparency. Throw open the windows and doors and illuminate the dark corners. Be a positive force for change in this world. Hurry! We don’t have much time and there is so much to do.

Be brave. Begin to blog.

The world is waiting.

ADDENDUM- To learn more about blogging anonymously go to Global Voices. http://globalvoicesonline.org/

Continue Reading Feb/2009 at 5:23 am 3 comments


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