Library Day in the Life: day 4

Sat down at my laptop about 8:30 AM. This is a relatively quiet week for me, after an intense several months. I have two research projects set to start early August (for one, the advisory committee is still hammering out the scope; for the other, we’re waiting on one of the investigators to return from [...]

Screening test for canine cardiomyopathy now available

You can now get your dog tested for the gene mutation that causes boxer cardiomyopathy, Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC). I blogged about this earlier this morning, saying that the test would be available later this year – well, it’s now available through the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. You can send [...]

Genetic screening for heart disease in boxers available soon

Some great news for boxer owners and lovers. A veterinary cardiologist at Washington State University has identified a defective gene responsible for one of the heart diseases that plague the boxer breed according to an April 27, 2009 press release from the university. Boxer cardiomyopathy, or arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), has long been [...]

Separation anxiety in dogs – an often difficult nut to crack

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A Twitter post yesterday by @sarchet62 (”Pills for your pets OMG http://is.gd/HuJH“) inspired me to finish a blog post I started two years ago describing our experience with Sassy, our rescue boxer, and her severe separation anxiety. My non-professional writing efforts often bog down, ending up in my drafts [...]

Dogs and the heat of summer

I wrote a short piece on dogs and the summer heat for Boxer Rescue Canada’s blog a few weeks ago. You can read it here.

Our first Rally O trial coming up – no cramming for this test!

This weekend Freckle and I will be competing in Rally Obedience, a new dog sport and fun obedience trial where handlers can talk to their dogs and where you can compete with mixed breed dogs or unregistered purebreds. It’s the first trial that either of us will have done; at least, I assume it’s Freckle’s [...]

Small worlds – communities and interconnections in the “real” and “online” worlds

More on online communities – FOC08 Weeks 2 and 3 – interconnectedness / connectedness
I’ve been thinking lately about how real the online world is. Saturday night I went to a party and talked at length with one of my real world friends, Dean. It was fun because we keep up with each others’ goings on [...]

What is an Online Community? FOC08 Weeks 2 and 3

I’ve heard it said among some of my friends that an “online” community isn’t really a community at all. This is usually said by friends who are resistant to using their computers for anything other than either for work or for personal research.
Our blog posts for the FOC08 course are to be reflective and personal [...]