A note to my veterinary colleagues

I thought of you today.

Whether you are still in veterinary college, out in private practice, working in academia or industry, I offer the following to you.

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Doggy Dharma Quotes

“Do what you love.  Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it and gnaw at it still.” Henry David Thoreau

“Be the person your dog thinks you are.”  J.W. Stephens

“The way the dog trots out the front door…never fails to fill the saucer of my heart with milky admiration.”  Billy Collins

I’m a dharma junkie.

Dharma is considered to be the “something special within you” that you offer up to the world.  Your calling in life.  The reason why you were put on this Earth.

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The Fearless Heart – A Workshop with Michelle Marchildon

Witty, former journalist.  Soccer Mom.  Yogini.

You can add eloquent and insightful to the list of words that describe Michelle Marchildon.

She’s the author of “Finding More on the Mat: How I Grew Better, Wiser and Stronger through Yoga“.

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Falling in love with reading…again

Do you remember propping yourself up in bed, under the covers, with a flashlight and a good novel?

This summer, I rediscovered my local public library because they introduced electronic book loans. And, most exciting of all, I could download e-books onto my iPhone.  I didn’t need a flashlight to read at night anymore!

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A weekend with Betsey Downing

What does it take to get to the next level, in yoga or in life?

I picked up some how-to tips by attending a sold-out weekend of workshops at Eastside Yoga Studio, featuring Betsey Downing.  She is a certified Anusara teacher and has her PhD in Sport Psychology.  Dianne was so excited to host one of her teachers and to share the experience with others at the studio.

Here’s a snippet of some of the things I learned from Betsey…

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Seeking balance

Can we really have it all?

In reading one of my on-line veterinary journals, I came across an article on how to assess life balance.  It used an image of a wheel with spokes.  Each spoke represented an area or category in life (family, career, relationships, health, finances, recreation, spirituality, community and personal growth).  The category is assessed from 0-5, with 0 (no investment) being on the spoke near the centre of wheel and 5 (fully invested) on the outer edge.  Connecting the 9 assessment points creates a visual representation of your life.

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Something left over for me

I’m physically tired.

There’s been a lot going on.  I had appointments on Saturday AM, then was off to the clinic’s summer party in the afternoon.  I taught two yoga classes on Sunday and did yard work for the remainder of the day.  Back at the clinic the next morning then babysat my nephew for a few hours (changed his diaper twice!!).  Tuesday, I did some research on an interesting case involving hind leg lameness in a very sweet Doberman.

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Downward Dog DVM celebrates 1 year!

Don’t you ever wonder where the time goes?

It’s been one year since I started this blog.  Wow!  I’m so happy to be able to write that down.  Here are some of my musings on this auspicious occasion…

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