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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I Took a Barbados Vacation, and Came Home with Stray Kittens

They were tiny and starving little cats, struggling to survive on the streets. To make a long story short, I couldn't leave without them.
In October 2005, I was on vacation in Barbados with my cousin Marie. Two days before our departure, as I walked past a frangipani tree, I spotted two small kittens on the walkway. Someone had put out milk for them in 95 degree heat. They were clearly starving. Some children from Great Britain filled me in. The kittens were abandoned and struggling to survive.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Outside The Office: Country Living

I live in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and work as a critical care technician at VRA. I have been making the trek to VRA for almost five years. My boyfriend and I bought an old one room school house  that sits by itself on a little over a half acre lot surrounded by farmland. There is also a beautiful horse pasture across the road. It is very quaint and quiet with no neighbors close by.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Outside The Office: Dr. Tina Conway's Cycling Trip

What do a bunch of veterinarians do on summer holiday?

In the middle of June, I went with a small group of veterinary bike enthusiasts from all over the United States to Provence, France for a continuing education conference and a chance to bike across the beautiful countryside.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Outside the Office: The Run Club with Lauren Pagonis

Everyone who knows me knows how much I love to run. I have done several 5ks, one Tough Mudder, two different 10k trail running series and the George Washington Parkway 10 miler. I got started running when my husband was stationed in Okinawa Japan as a Marine Corps MP. Running was my time to not think about what was going on in my life and just RUN.

Last September my husband and I ran in the Damascus Freedom 5k. This is one of my favorite running events because all the money raised to participate is donated to different veterans associations. The race is run in honor of September 11, 2001. All of the food, music, timing equipment and anything else needed for the race is donated by different businesses in Damascus. It is a real hometown race and makes me proud to be from Damascus.

This year I am the assistant coach for the Damascus Freedom Kids Running Club. The club is completely free to the kids and meets three times a week, two running days and one gym conditioning day. The goal of the running club is to prepare the kids to run in the up coming Freedom 5k on September 7. There are about 18 kids total, ranging in age from three years old to 11 years old. All of them can run two miles at this point and most of the older kids can do three miles.

I wish everyone had as much enthusiasm about running as these kids do! If they can run so can you!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Patient of the Week: Hilda the German Shepherd

"She's old, so we bought her here to die in peace".