Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Burkitt’s

My husband has long accused me of being an overachiever.  Hence, instead of getting just one cancer, I have been diagnosed with “double hit cancer”.  It saddens me greatly to let you know I have Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Burkitt’s.  They say that attitude matters greatly with cancer and I do expect a cure.  My version is labeled aggressive […]

Name This Ground Bird Found In The Desert Southwest

Living in the desert has introduced me to a whole new ecosystem, full of wonderful plants and animals.  Recently, the bird pictured below ventured into our backyard.  It even posed for a picture before jumping off the wall in pursuit of a lizard.  Name this ground bird found in the desert southwest.  (Hint:  This species […]

Devon Rex Cats – Name An Inherited Disease That Affects Swallowing

The Devon Rex breed is know to carry an autosomal recessive gene that causes severe disease.  Breeders look for it in young kittens by watching them in the litter box.  Healthy kittens will assume a standard squatting posture and hold it while they empty their bladders.  In affected kittens, their heads will drop while voiding until they contact the side […]

Plastic Bags Are Dangerous To Pets And Children

Many plastic bags come with a printed warning “May cause suffocation in children.”  I wish this warning also included animals.  If you use plastic bags, please store and dispose of them properly and promptly.  Each year animals, pets and wildlife die after encountering these bags.  Some die of suffocation if they crawl inside while others die of gastrointestinal obstructions after eating them.  […]