Bats are really cool and I love them.
illustrations by Cassidy Stone
Bats are stupid disease carrying plague monkeys.
You too flying fox (which is not a bat, but they still suck).
Here is an accurate diagram of an Australian bat.
As you can see, bats are 60% disease and 40% evil.
I have two dogs. One I’ve had from a pup and one we got as a 9 month old.
Now I am a big believer in names affecting the pet. I know it sounds stupid when you say it out loud, but I swear it is true.
So, the dog we have had from a pup is called Wash. Strange name, unless you are a fan of Firefly, in which case you will recall the loveable (even when he is wrong and putting people in danger) husband of Zoe. And let me tell you, our dog is totally wonderful and loveable, even when he is destroying our backyard.
Now our second dog. He came preloaded with a name and that name is Harry.
To be honest, this concerned me more than his size, because of my name theory. He has a wonderful temperament and is a great dog to own, but Jesus. He can get out of anything.
When he stayed with my housemate’s uncle over Christmas last year, he learned how to open his automatic garage door and escape.
In 1 week.
So, Kat’s guide to naming?
There, a long winded tour of names.
Holy crap, these are the smallest testicles I’ve ever seen. I mean, look how freaking tiny they are; they’re smaller than peas. The doctor is going to have to put the loupe on to even see them.
Hey, you know how we have an additional fee for difficult procedures like fat dogs or cats in heat? Is there some kind of charge for this? A “nano-neuter” or a “small ball” fee?
It’s about the bond between Owen Hawkins, who has a very rare Schwartz-Jampel syndrome (only 30 people with this syndrome worldwide), a condition that causes his muscles to seize involuntarily and his dog Haatchi, who was hit by a train as a puppy and lost one of his legs after an amputation.
Owen:"I used to be scared of strangers, then Haatchi came along and now I’m not and that’s how he changed my life. I didn’t really meet many others with disabilities and felt like the odd one out, which made me really sad. But when I saw Haatchi and saw how strong he was, even though he only had three legs, I became stronger myself. I love him so much."
So I was only going to watch a little bit of this vid, but I ended up watching the entire thing. SO ADORABLE!
Not going to lie, I cried a little…
This is just further proof to me that companion animals are so incredibly important to so many people
Asked by Anonymous
Great question! It’s incredibly important to learn your anatomy as well as possible - you’ll need it more than you realise in clinical situations.
In veterinary anatomy (at least in the circles I’m in) there is really only one name worth remembering: Dyce.
The Textbook of Veterinary Anatomy by Dyce, Sack & Wensing (Saunders Elsevier) is the best anatomy textbook you could have in vet school - so much so that “ask Dyce” becomes a sort of vet school catchphrase while studying anatomy. The illustrations are perfect for doing dissections, with side-by-side comparisons between diagrams and pictures make figuring out what you’re staring at in amongst the fascia much easier.
And because vets need to know the anatomy of every animal ever, the logic-driven explanations and comparisons between species make adapting to new animals much more achievable than having to learn every animal from scratch!
The best thing about Dyce, however is the accompanying resources. I’ve already posted about the amazing flashcards, but there is also a colouring book that is excellent for learning anatomy in a relaxing way when reading and re-reading descriptions gets too much.
Evans & de Lahunta ‘Guide to Dissection of the Dog’ was also invaluable to me in learning canine anatomy. The best thing about that book is that it provides a systematic guide to get the most value out of each dissection you conduct.
I hope that helps! Do any followers have any other recommendations? Everybody learns in different ways, so what works best for me may not be the best for your learning…
Wow. These look expensive but I have to get my hands on these books.
Wow I think I need to add Dyce to my wishlist!