It’s complicated…

During our time in Botswana we have sterilized 413 dogs and cats, vaccinated 441 animals, preformed 3 limb amputations, several minor surgeries and one blood transfusion over a period of 25 working days. While these numbers look good on paper, and  of course it feels good to do something rather than nothing (For the loveContinue reading “It’s complicated…”

Will Spay for Food

Rob and I have just returned from an amazing week doing outreach clinics in the Shakawe region of Botswana.  Shakawe is a village located in the northwest corner of Botswana close to Namibia and Angola. The panhandle or head waters of the Okavango delta is next door and the small community, 375 km from Maun,Continue reading “Will Spay for Food”

Never trust a fart and other travel tales

It is midday in a crowed market place in downtown La Paz, Baja California Sur when I realize what started as a feeling of being “slightly off” this morning is quickly turning into a tsunami in my bowels.  The smell of meat in the open air butcher shop is not helping my condition. I swatContinue reading “Never trust a fart and other travel tales”

For the love of dog

“To err is human, to forgive canine – unknown” After two weeks volunteering with the Maun Animal Welfare Society (MAWS), I feel my jaded heart melting thanks to the amazing dogs of Botswana. While they come in all sizes and various shades of brown, white, tan and brindle, the best way to picture these sweetContinue reading “For the love of dog”

Puppies, Parasites and Penises

I can feel the sweat running down my back as I keep pace with the Black Keys pounding out of our little speaker and close the last spay of the day. I am hot, sweaty, most likely covered in ticks and bone tired but still… this is fun! We left behind a foot of snow,Continue reading “Puppies, Parasites and Penises”

Botswana Bound

In 24 hours we will be on our way to Botswana. This will be my second visit to Botswana  but for Rob it will be his third trip. Our primary reason for heading off to Africa is to volunteer as veterinarians with two amazing organizations. Well, honestly the reality is that we LOVE Africa andContinue reading “Botswana Bound”

Gratitude: Rossland you Rock!

Yesterday I woke up, my first day of “retirement”, a word I hate as I don’t feel like I am ready for that word, not yet anyway.  So lets start again. Yesterday I woke up, the first day of a new beginning. I enjoyed my coffee, dealt with emails and headed out for a chillyContinue reading “Gratitude: Rossland you Rock!”

The Story of Frank and Zelda

The early years of running our own veterinary hospital were hard. We were open 6 days a week, on call 7 days a week and raising two young children with no family close by for support. I know this sounds like one of those stories you tell your kids… “you think you have it tough,Continue reading “The Story of Frank and Zelda”

Life is messy, painful and plain fucked up…

In an instant, life can change.  While we count our blessings and hold our children close to our heart, another family is experiencing the greatest loss and a grief beyond measure.  Our thoughts, prayers and love go out to them during this time of sadness. Life is precious and while I don’t know what the futureContinue reading “Life is messy, painful and plain fucked up…”

Hey doc, what’s with the name?

Vets without boundaries.  What’s with this name?  No we are not trying to ride on the coat tails of the amazing organization Veterinarians without Borders (although we would love to work with them if only they needed a couple of washed up small animal vets).  Vets without boundaries is a title that seems to “fit”Continue reading “Hey doc, what’s with the name?”