Changing Our (and Our Pets’) Daily Lives Through Innovation

My Animals

Innovation. It happens all around us transforming our lives everyday through the formulation of new ideas and the creation of products that simplify and become the basis of our daily routines. Two of the most ever-changing and evolving fields of study are science and technology where new ideas, research, and discoveries are regularly formed and shared through groups like the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). So, why not take these quickly advancing ideas and continue to apply them to problems common problems for pet owners that could use some sort of tool to solve them.

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A Whole New Meaning to “Just Keep Swimming”

Credit: Nicole Dorling, Lort Smith

Just under a month ago, on one of my Google escapades, that began with a well-intentioned search for colleges, careers, and majors, I stumbled across an article about an exotic pets veterinarian in Australia who performed surgery on a goldfish named George (Check out the article here). Now, I’ve done a few things people who don’t own pets might deem “crazy”, like take a Russian dwarf hamster to the vet (twice) to have her examined and receive antibiotics, syringe feed a leopard gecko a liquid calcium and vitamin D supplement, spend close to $40 on fish medications to save the lives of two “feeder” goldfish I got for a quarter, and carefully create a balanced diet for the same hamster who turned out to be diabetic and also needed her ketones and glucose levels tested regularly. Oh and don’t even get me started on Kiwi, my green anole. But I’ve never considered, well, seriously considered, taking any of my many fish to the vet, usually I end up turning to Dr. Google and a variety of fish forums/experts for help.

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Waddling Into My Life and My Heart

Ducks

For my very first blog post, entitled “A Duck With A Feather”, I published a picture of Abby, a “wild” mallard duck who took over my backyard for several months a few years ago. I say “took over” because she¬†and her mother literally destroyed the pool and turned it into a giant, disgusting duck pond until we forced them to move to the patch of grass next to it. Anyways, here is the story of how two ducks waddled into my life.

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