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If you have bottles of expired or unwanted medications — whether they are human or pet medications — do NOT flush them down the toilet. Flushing drugs may contaminate the water system and the environment. But you need to safely dispose of the medications — so what should you do?

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 27th, the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day (10 AM to 2 PM.)

“The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
“The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Find a collection site near you by following this link and scrolling to Collection Site Locator: https://takebackday.dea.gov

On Take Back Day, most collection sites will be at designated police stations.

The Take Back Day website also lists alternate collection sites, should you miss the official Take Back Day.

Don’t let expired drugs end up in the wrong hands — take advantage of Take Back Day!

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Today, we conclude our journey through Animals in Ancient Art [Part 1 here; Part 2 here], featuring works on view at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA. The Chrysler Museum is free to the public, so you can enjoy a day strolling amongst the exhibits.

These works of art, used for everyday purposes or ritualistic activities, come from the Roman Empire, Greece, and Egypt. As shown here, animals have long inspired the imaginations of artists and artisans. The oldest object featured in this gallery is an Egyptian tomb lintel with hieroglyphs, dated to 2375-2287 B.C.E. [Before Common Era] — which means it is over 4,300 years old!

[Related: How Do Scientists Date Ancient Things?]

Note: Photos of 4 Egyptian figurines are from Chrysler.org website; my photos of those objects did not turn out well.

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Today we continue our journey through Animals in Ancient Art, featuring works on view at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. The Chrysler Museum is free to the public, so you can see how impressive these works are, up-close.

As shown here, animals have inspired objects created for daily use and ritual use for many centuries. The bond between humans and animals is not a modern creation; animals have been revered for their strength, wisdom, and as symbols of good fortune throughout history.

Learn more about the symbolism of animals in ancient Chinese art. 

The artworks in this gallery were collected in Persia, China, and Japan. The oldest object in the selection presented here is a Chinese wine jug featuring birds and fish; it is dated to approximately 500 B.C.E. [Before Common Era].

This is only a sampling of the items you’ll find in the museum’s collection. Enjoy!

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Recently, we blogged about Animals In Art, featuring contemporary artworks spotlighting our beloved pets. At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we know that animals have been revered throughout human history as a source of fascination and inspiration.

Today, we begin a walk through Animals in Ancient Art, featuring works on view at the Chrysler Museum. The Chrysler Museum is free to the public, so grab a friend or loved one and see these amazing works [some estimated at over a thousand years old!] for yourself.

Today’s journey through Animals in Ancient Art begins in the Americas (Mesoamerica). Many of these sculptures are estimated to have been created in the years 100-900 C.E. [Common Era, aka A.D.], and one may have originated in 100 B.C.E. [Before Common Era]. The “cat cloth” is estimated to have been created in the years 1100 – 1460 C.E. For complete details on the age and origin of each piece, visit the Chrysler Museum. 

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Pet Blessings taking place at area churches in October 2018

Each year in October, Christian churches in Norfolk and beyond celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi by blessing your pets. Don’t miss out: choose a church, click the link, and get the details!

October 4

*St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church(VB) http://discovermass.com/church/st-gregory-the-great-virginia-beach-va/
Blessing of the Animals will take place on Thursday, October 4 at 5pm in the Pavilion at St. Gregory’s.

October 6

*Christ the King Catholic Church (N) http://christthekingnorfolk.org/calendar
Pet Blessing at 9 AM

*Church of the Holy Family (VB) https://www.holyfamilyvb.org/bulletins/20180930.pdf
On Saturday, October 6, there will be the Blessing of the Animals Service at 11:00 a.m. and a tour of our Church gardens.

*Hidenwood Presbyterian (NN) https://hidenwood.org/
Pet Blessing at 10 AM, outside

*St. Mary Catholic Church (Ch) http://www.clusterparishes.com/
Pet Blessing Service at 9:30 AM

October 7

*St. Andrews Episcopal Church  (NN) http://www.standrews-episcopal.org/upcoming_events
Pet Blessing at 1 p.m. at the River Road entrance to the church
Invite your friends and neighbors and bring any of God’s creatures, large or small.

*Wycliffe Presbyterian (VB) http://wycliffepresbyterian.org/e-news.php
Bring your pets to this special afternoon service at 4 pm on October 7. Please invite your friends and neighbors – spread the news! Donations of animal toys, food or other pet-friendly items are welcome and will be taken to an animal shelter.
(It is recommended that all animals be on a leash or in a secure carrier.)
Contact Bess Mann (496-2833) for more information. (Rain date: October 14)

*Emmanuel Episcopal Church (VB) http://beta.emmanuelvb.com/news-and-events/?month=2018-10
Pet Blessing 3 PM, Side Yard

*Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (N) http://goodshepherdnorfolk.org/CurrentAnnouncements
Pet Blessing 10:15 AM in the church


October 14

*Episcopal Church of the Ascension (N) https://ascension-norfolk.org/
Blessing of animals and Holy Eucharist Rite II
When: Sunday, October 14, 2018 @11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Outside

Bonus: Click here for a classic post with prayers for pets!

We have attempted to accurately reflect each church’s information for the event, but be sure to check with your preferred church for accuracy and any last-minute schedule changes, especially in the event of inclement weather.

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Weatherford, TX

Just before Halloween, area man Sam Fletcher adopted “Buck,” a young Dalmatian who was hit by a car and left on the side of the road. Dr. Hank Baxter of Baxter Veterinary Clinic treated “Buck” for a broken leg and sent him home the following day.

Fletcher’s housemates, Phyllis Newsom and Carolyn Wilbarger, baked a batch of dog treats for the veterinarian’s other four-legged patients as a way to say “thank you” for the care “Buck” received. The treats were delivered to Baxter Veterinary Clinic in time for its annual Halloween party.

To the shock of everyone gathered at the popular event, police arrived and arrested Dr. Baxter for the murder of his wife, well-known surgeon Dr. Susan Baxter. Susan’s sister and brother-in-law, Meredith and Jack Carlyle, expressed their strong belief that Dr. Baxter had killed his wife, who was found bludgeoned to death in her office.

Convinced that the police were barking up the wrong tree and that someone’s been burying evidence, Fletcher begged Newsom, whose son is a Parker County deputy sheriff, to help him find the real killer. Joined by “Buck,” the friends engaged in a dogged pursuit of the murderer, who attempted to muzzle them permanently when they got too close to the truth.

Perhaps no one was more surprised than Fletcher and Newsom when Dr. Susan Baxter’s murderer turned out to be…

To find out how the story ends, click here.

What I’m reading now:

“Trick or Deadly Treat” by Livia Washburn

Bonus: This book contains recipes for delicious treats for dogs and their owners!

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Hello! Dr. Miele will be taking a long weekend, and will be out of the office from Saturday, May 26th through Monday, May 28th (Memorial Day).

Dr. Miele will resume regular appointment hours at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic on Tuesday, May 29th. Call 757-583-2619 to schedule your pet’s appointment. Some openings are still available this week on Friday.

Emergency care for your pets is provided by Blue Pearl in Virginia Beach. Call 757-499-5463 if your pet parties a little too hard this weekend.

And what will you be doing with your time off? We’ve got some ideas for you:

  1. Grab a frozen treat at Penguin’s Snoballs (in front of the Roosevelt Shopping Center on East Little Creek Road).
  2. Let your inner child out to play at the St. Pius X Parish & School Carnival — open to everyone! (At the corner of Halprin and East Little Creek Road).
  3. Go see Solo: A Star Wars Story. No, it’s not Harrison Ford “CGI’d” to look 1/3rd his age. Go see it anyway.
  4. Prefer your entertainment on-stage? Grab tickets to the Sondheim musical “A Little Night Music,” now showing at The Little Theatre of Norfolk.
  5. Take in the awe-inspiring wonders of Lantern Asia by night, only at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.
  6. Visit the Hampton National Cemetery and remember the fallen, including those who died far from home.

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