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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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