Archive for the ‘Beyond’ Category

Need something to break out of the blues of social isolation?

We’ve got a list of heartwarming stories about the healing power of animals.

Woman kissing Yorkshire Terrier

  1. A woman suffering from a winter virus finds the best medicine doesn’t always come from a doctor.
    Read her story here.
  2. Author Karen Kingsbury gives her husband the Christmas gift he didn’t know he needed.
    Watch their story here.
  3. Reader’s Digest collected stories of hero pets that saved their owners’ lives.
    Read about them here.
  4. Time and time again, people have reported being saved by dolphins — some of the most intelligent and fascinating creatures on Earth. Read some of those amazing stories here and here.

Has an animal ever saved your life — literally or metaphorically? Tell us about it in the comments!


Photo by Viktoria Shalimova via Pexels.com

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At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, many of our clients are women who served, or are serving, in the U.S. military. That’s why we want you to know about this special opportunity at our local community theatre.

To show appreciation to military women, past and present, the Little Theatre of Norfolk will have a Wall Of Honor in their greenroom during the run of “A Piece of My Heart.”

Recognize someone else or yourself by emailing marketing@ltnonline.org. Provide a photo, servicewoman’s name, and an “about” blurb.

The Wall of Honor is for any woman who served at any time.

Is serving in the military a proud tradition among the women in your family? Consider submitting them all — imagine several generations of your family sharing the Wall Of Honor!

Have a friend you’d like to celebrate? Wonderful! [Just make sure she’s okay with it, first.]

Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 28, 2020.

Wall of Honor notice
About the play:
This is a powerful, true drama of six women who went to Vietnam: five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops. The play portrays each young woman before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn nation and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington.
“A Piece of My Heart” premiered in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club.

“A Piece of My Heart” runs March 6 – 29, 2020. Select your seats at ltnonline.orgProud participant in the second annual Norfolk Theatre Festival.

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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2020 is the Year of the RatYear of the Rat poster

 

The Paul Street Gallery in Norfolk, VA is celebrating the Year of the Rat with a Sumi-e & Bonsai exhibit.
The exhibit is open through March 31, 2020. Go see it and support your local rat-loving artists!

Why would anyone celebrate rats?
According to ChineseNewYear.net, “Rats are clever; quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.”

What are good are rats, anyway?
Abby Chesnut can tell you. In this Guideposts article, Abby counts the ways her rats having been helping everyone from kids to seniors — as therapy animals!

Although we don’t treat rats at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we’re big fans of the cuddly creatures.

If you’re thinking about adopting a rat as a companion, be aware that the average lifespan of a pet rat is only 2-3 years. Ask yourself if you can handle becoming attached to a pet with such a short lifespan.

If so, go for it and send us the pictures!

 

 

 

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IT’S NATIONAL SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY!

Just in case you’re unsure what there is to appreciate about squirrels,
consider this:

squirrels landing like superheroes

Speaking of, this couple is probably not in the mood to celebrate squirrels.

Bonus Squirrely Fun!

 

 

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From our inbox to yours:

White dog in garden

Photo by Yuliya Strizhkina (Cartier) from Pexels

WE LISTENED! 
By overwhelming demand, Norfolk Botanical Garden is extending SUNDAY DOG DAYS – all year!

EVERY SUNDAY!

EXPLORE THE GARDEN WITH YOUR CANINE BEST FRIEND.

MEMBERS AND MEMBERS’ DOGS ARE FREE
NOT-YET-MEMBERS’ DOGS: $5 (HUMAN ADMISSION APPLIES)
– BECOME A MEMBER TODAY.

YOUR DOG MUST REMAIN ON A LEASH AT ALL TIMES.

Dogs are not permitted in the Children’s Garden or Butterfly House.
Dogs are not permitted on Trams or Boats.

Fresh water is available throughout the Garden. Look for indoor and outdoor drinking fountains and bottle fill stations.

Forgot your bowl? Try our gift shop, and from March – October visit the Marigold & Honey Cafe terrace where your dog can enjoy a drink.

THOUGH DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED DURING MILLION BULB WALK, YOU CAN BRING YOUR DOG TO BARKS & BULBS – COMING UP JAN. 3 & 4.

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Pet Blessings taking place at area churches in October 2019

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 go!

Friday, October 4

*St. Benedict’s Parish (Ch) http://www.stbenedictsparish.org
Blessing of the Animals at 6 PM

Saturday, October 5

*Christ the King Catholic Church (N) http://christthekingnorfolk.org
Pet Blessing at 9 – 9:30 AM in CTK School parking lot. Donations of pet food for the Norfolk SPCA are greatly appreciated.

*Hidenwood Presbyterian (NN) https://hidenwood.org/
Pet Blessing at 10 AM, outdoors. Please have pets on a leash or in a crate. Exotic and unique pets welcome! Donations of food and money will go to the Peninsula SPCA.

*St. Mary Catholic Church (Ch) http://www.clusterparishes.com/
Pet Blessing Service at 10:00 AM

Sunday, October 6

*St. Andrews Episcopal Church  (NN) http://www.standrews-episcopal.org/upcoming_events
October 6, 1:00 p.m. at the River Road entrance to the church
Join us for this wonderful annual tradition honoring St. Francis’ Day. Bring your animal companion for a special blessing. For everyone’s safety and comfort, please have dogs on leash and cats (and other small critters) in carriers.

*Wycliffe Presbyterian (VB) http://wycliffepresbyterian.org
Bring your pets to this special afternoon service at 4 pm on October 6th. Donations of animal toys, food or other pet-friendly items are welcome and will be taken to an animal shelter. VB Dog Obedience School will demonstrate training for dogs in a variety of situations including protecting, bomb sniffing & military training. Seeing is believing! Rain date: Oct 13

(All animals must be on a leash or in a secure carrier.)

*Emmanuel Episcopal Church (VB) http://beta.emmanuelvb.com
Pet Blessing 3 PM, Side Yard

*Episcopal Church of the Ascension (N) https://ascension-norfolk.org/
Blessing of animals and Holy Eucharist Rite II
11:00 AM
Event will be held outside

*Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (N) http://goodshepherdnorfolk.org
Pet Blessing and Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:15 AM in the church

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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Service dogs are life-savers for the people who depend on them.

Woman and dog seated at table

Can you train a dog to change someone’s life?
[Photo by Cottonbro via Pexels]

Have you ever wondered where guide dogs and service dogs come from? The answer is: homes like yours!

Before heading off to their new job of assisting people with disabilities ranging from impaired vision to autism to physical limitations, puppies must be extensively trained and socialized. People just like you raise these pups with professional guidance from organizations such as Leader Dogs for the Blind and Service Dogs of Virginia.

Trainers take on this task expecting a bittersweet ending: saying “good-bye” to the graduate pup, but knowing that it will make a difference in someone’s life.

If you are interested in raising and training a pup for an assistance organization – even if you already have a pet of your own – click the links above. You can learn more about where to acquire a pup, who pays the vet bills, and even fill out an application online.

Canine Companions for Independence has been providing assistance dogs, free of charge, to people in need since 1975. CCI assistance dogs help disabled people live more independently — in a sense, acting as the person’s extra set of hands.

The assistance dogs are trained to retrieve items, turn lights on and off, open doors, shut drawers, help with clothing, and more. CCI dogs can also be trained to help the non-hearing, assist disabled veterans, and work in healthcare or education facilities.

[CCI dogs are not trained for health/medical alerting, guiding the blind, etc. More information can be found on the FAQ page.]

You may not ever need a CCI assistance dog, but if you’d like to be involved with their program, check out www.cci.org/GiveADogAJob. You’ll find options for donating funds, raising a puppy, and participating in Dog Fest Walk’N Roll.

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Every once in a while, I step outside the world of cats and dogs at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, to find other creatures worthy of admiration.

Dragonfly

Dragonfly photo by Jen Miele

This week, I visited the garden of a local hospital, and this dragonfly came by to keep me company. He sat patiently for an extended photo shoot, including this close-up. I suspect he enjoyed the attention!

What will you see, on closer inspection of your surroundings?

-Jen M.

Previous Picture Day posts:

https://littlecreekvet.com/2017/05/16/picture-day-fauna-at-local-parks-and-gardens/

https://littlecreekvet.com/2014/12/09/picture-day-christmas-in-colonial-williamsburg/

 

https://littlecreekvet.com/2014/07/15/picture-day-pops-of-color/

https://littlecreekvet.com/2014/05/06/evening-in-the-garden/

https://littlecreekvet.com/2013/04/25/picture-day-a-walk-in-the-parks/

https://littlecreekvet.com/2010/08/03/picture-day-part-2/

 

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If You Care, Leave It There — Wild Baby Animals May Not Need Your Help

Morris Animal Foundation
April 18, 2019

With spring busting out around us, animals of all shapes and sizes are preparing for the arrival of little ones. Nests are built, dens dug and burrows lined with soft material in preparation. However, parenting is a bit different in the wild and you’ll want to know what that means when you come upon a seemingly lost baby animal.

It’s not unusual for a raccoon mom to leave her babies sleeping up in a tree for the day or a doe to leave her young alone and hidden for long stretches of time. These babies are not abandoned. It’s just the parenting style adapted by these species to keep their young safe. 

Intervening when help is not needed is harmful to wildlife, especially young ones. There’s a saying in the wildlife rehabilitation world – if you care, leave it there. One way to help recognize a true wild animal emergency is to learn about the species that live in your backyard and in the wilderness spaces near you. Also, know who to contact in those rare instances that human intervention is necessary. A little knowledge goes a long way in helping you decide what to do – and what not to do – when you come across a baby animal in the wild.

Tips to Help Keep Wild Babies Safe

1. Know Wildlife Parenting Styles
Mother rabbits only feed their kits once or twice a day, usually around dawn and dusk. A doe only visits and nurses their fawn a few times a day to avoid attracting predators. It’s normal to find fully feathered songbird babies on the ground and parents caring for them for several days until these young birds master flying.

2. Assess the Situation
If wildlife babies have good body condition, seem well fed and growing, leave them alone. These animals are not abandoned. In contrast, if you see an animal with poor body condition, visible wounds, bleeding, vomiting, shaking, these animals need help. Consult your veterinarian or contact a wildlife rehabilitation facility near you if you think an animal is in crisis.

3. Rescue or Call in the Professionals?
Rehabilitators can provide you with instructions on how to rescue and transport different species of baby animals. Always wear gloves or other protective clothing when handling any wild animal to minimize your risk of being bitten or scratched.

What about animals higher up on the food chain, like eagles or even young mountain lions? Leave them alone and call in the professionals. Many rehabilitators have a network of volunteers specially trained to rescue and transport these animals.

Never try to rescue an animal that is disoriented, having trouble breathing, acting aggressively or is covered with visible parasites, and make sure your children and pets stay away, too. Call your local animal control agency, whose professionals can safely capture, test and sound the alert if an animal is infected with a transmissible disease such as rabies, distemper, mange and even plague.

4. Re-nesting is OK
If you find an uninjured bird that is a hatchling (featherless, eyes closed) or nestling (starting to develop feathers, eyes open), they often can be re-nested. You can either replace the original nest if it’s been blown down or make an artificial nest and secure it to a tree near where you found the baby bird. Then watch and see if the parents return to care for their young.

If you find an uninjured baby squirrel with its eyes still closed, place the animal in a container near the base of the tree where you found it. Once the baby calls out, the parent will locate it and re-nest the baby for you. In either case, if no bird or squirrel parent returns within several hours of your re-nesting attempt, these animals may need professional help and care to survive.

5. Know Who to Call
See if your veterinarian is part of a rehabilitation network that can treat wildlife or exotics. If not, many clinics, especially emergency clinics, have lists of local rehabilitation facilities and the types of animals they assist. You also can contact your local humane society, the Audubon Society, wild bird stores, your local animal control officer, or an aquarium or marine patrol (for marine reptiles and mammals).

6. If You are Unable to Reach a Professional Immediately
If you can easily handle the wild animal, place the baby in a box with airholes, lined with something soft, like a T-shirt or towel. Keep the animal in a warm, dark, quiet place. Darkness makes the animal feel more secure. To minimize stress, leave the animal alone.

Although this sounds counterintuitive, do not provide food or water, unless instructed by a professional to do so. Different animals have species-specific nutritional needs. Also, providing even a small amount of water runs the risk of the animal getting wet, chilled and even drowning if the animal is small and vulnerable. What seems like an act of kindness may actually do more harm than good.

7. It’s Illegal to Care for Injured Wildlife
In many areas, it is illegal to keep and care for wildlife without a proper license and training. You risk the possibility of being fined so know the laws in your state or region. They are there to protect both you and the animal.

A wildlife baby’s natural parents always are the best option to raise that animal and give it the best chance of survival. Knowing when not to intervene is equally as important as knowing when to rush in and help. Veterinary or rehabilitation professionals are your best resource for saving a life, sometimes by just letting you know to when to leave the animal alone.

Learn more about how Morris Animal Foundation is saving wildlife through our health studies.
Our work is helping researchers develop life-saving diagnostics, treatments and strategies for rehabilitation and rescue organizations, so they can save even more lives. From sea turtles to raptors to marsupials, wherever an animal lives, we are here to help. And we couldn’t do it without the generous support of our animal-loving donors.

This article originally appeared on Morris Animal Foundation’s website here.

More from Morris:

https://littlecreekvet.com/2018/05/17/know-the-warning-signs-of-cancer-in-cats-and-dogs/

https://littlecreekvet.com/2018/05/22/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-preventing-cancer-in-your-pets/

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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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