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Interests: Scouting, veterinary dermatology, music (especially close harmony quartetting), proficient motorcycling, personal fitness, Dianetics
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Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is relatively well tolerated by most people. It is in lots of "sugar-free" or artificially sweetened products, from candy to gum to nutritional supplements like melatonin. Now there are a few brands of peanut... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Your Pet's Best Friend
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Dogs love to play, and they need to exercise. The bigger they are, the more room they need to run and play. People know this, but they don’t always have a nice fenced yard. Sometimes they let them off the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Your Pet's Best Friend
I think my worst dog and fireworks injury was the dog who snatched up a lit firecracker and it blew up in his mouth. The inside of his cheeks and gums were severely burned, but he did make a full... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Your Pet's Best Friend
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Saturday, May 30 One last breakfast together in the Fawlty Towers restaurant, then we packed our bags. Lo and behold, true to his word, the artist from the Victoria Falls shop arrived with the painting as ordered. Thus, we find that there really ARE some things that are made in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at The Wedding...is in Africa.
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Friday, May 29 Blair had told us that if we wanted to see LOTS of elephants and hippos, Chobe National Park in neighboring Botswana was the place to go. Kalahari tours was the outfit that Fawlty Towers had hooked us up with. The Fawlty Towers shuttle bus took us on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at The Wedding...is in Africa.
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Thursday, May 28 Some of the group left early for a white-water rafting expedition. The rest of us ate breakfast in the hotel restaurant, a leisurely affair, cooked to order, no buffet. The hotel provides a free shuttle to the Victoria Falls tourist area at 10:00, and most of us... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at The Wedding...is in Africa.
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Wednesday, May 27 Our friends from the transport company were back with the vans and trailer. Angela (the boss), Panji and Isaac (the drivers) were ready to convey us to Livingstone, nominally a 7-hour trip. Add a few bathroom breaks, gas-stops, minor car trouble, and a lunch stop at Debonair’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at The Wedding...is in Africa.
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Tuesday, May 26 I rose at 6:00 again to take the canoe trip so I could share the memories with Will, Jill, and Joe. After “first breakfast” we boarded the boat for the trip upstream. While we didn’t see Eddie up close, we did see a pair of elephants crossing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at The Wedding...is in Africa.
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Monday, May 25 Blair and Gareth spent the night on the island’s honeymoon suite, a slightly larger treehouse with a bigger bathroom, and set apart for more privacy. They had planned to stay two more days so that folks would have a chance to visit with Gareth and get to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at The Wedding...is in Africa.
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Sunday, May 24 DISCLAIMER - We are still waiting for ALL of the professional photographer's photos. We do have a preview gallery now (July 2, 2015) Tom, Ron, Marifloyd and I were up at 6:00 AM for cold breakfast, and an on-time departure for the 6:30 canoe excursion. We rode... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at The Wedding...is in Africa.
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Saturday, May 23rd I rose early and met Tom and Riccardo for our walking safari trip. Tom was late rising, and ate slowly, and this made us about 20 minutes late leaving, which upset the staff a bit. Some of the others had already left on the morning canoe outing.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at The Wedding...is in Africa.
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Friday, May 22 We met at the breakfast buffet. Tom left for the tailor’s to pick up his Chitenge suit, while the rest of us got to work packing for the trip to the wedding venue at Kanyemba. Blair had made arrangements for “buses” to take us the roughly 3-hour... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at The Wedding...is in Africa.
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Thursday, May 21 The breakfast buffet was out early. Marianne and Marifloyd had arrived on the night train from Namibia around 5:00 AM, so they were sleeping in, but the rest of the group ate breakfast together. Around 10:00, most of the group headed out on a shopping excursion. Dan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at The Wedding...is in Africa.
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Wednesday, May 20 I had finally managed to get a full night’s sleep and was ready for breakfast. Libby wasn’t hungry so I went to the restaurant by myself. They were still cooking to order, but would have a full breakfast buffet when the other guests arrived. We put welcome... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at The Wedding...is in Africa.
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Tuesday, May 19 We rose at 5:00 AM to join Blair on her 5:30 commute. Even though Gareth would be bringing a footlocker full of wedding stuff later, we had to jam a lot of luggage into Blair’s little Rav4. I don’t think we could have packed in another handkerchief,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at The Wedding...is in Africa.
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Monday, May 18 Gareth was out making his rounds before breakfast, but returned to eat with us. I was happy to have the opportunity to spend most of the day riding with him in the farm truck as he went on his daily rounds. We swapped stories all day while... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at The Wedding...is in Africa.
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Sunday, May 17 I awoke before the others and got up about 9:00. I took a look around and found that the home is mostly masonry (similar to farm homes we had seen on our previous trip). These do best to withstand the multitudes of termites and the constant moisture... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at The Wedding...is in Africa.
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On Thursday afternoon, we did some last-minute repacking to accommodate fitting in wedding presents among our clothes and effects. This delayed our departure a little bit, but we got everything jammed in. It was a far cry from our last trip when everything fit in half as many bags. Of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at The Wedding...is in Africa.
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Why will you be gone so long? "The wedding... is in Africa." And thereby hangs the tale. At some point in her life, Blair became committed to serving and saving mankind, and chose the Peace Corps as her avenue. In February of 2010, she left for Zambia. "All the cool... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at The Wedding...is in Africa.
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Three days post-op. Very little nasal discharge now, most of the swelling has gone down, and he's running and playing. Ah, to be young and growing. It really has your healing powers in high gear. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Your Pet's Best Friend
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This little guy evidently did something to antagonize his adult buddy in the home. Apparently, the big guy bit down on his head - ouch. He didn't crack it like an egg, but close. His owners found him with a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Your Pet's Best Friend
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At this holiday time of year, we think about giving and receiving gifts, and about helping those in need. Kennett’s Humane Officer, Tena Petix, has been going above the call of duty in helping the animals in her care. Dr.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Your Pet's Best Friend
I was a little surprised to find my last post about our animal control situation printed in the Daily Dunklin Democrat newspaper as a letter to the editor. I'm not upset, just surprised, as they didn't talk to me about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Your Pet's Best Friend
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You may be aware that there are some upsets and disagreements over the handling of our city’s animal control department. This is a complex issue, and I fear that it is being oversimplified in a polarizing way. When people of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Your Pet's Best Friend
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Eating non-food items is a big problem in pets. It happens so often that I am amazed at how seldom I have to do surgery to remedy the situation. Frequently the animal vomits up the item. Sometimes it passes all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at Your Pet's Best Friend