10 Essentials of Self-Care

10 Essentials of Self-Care

No matter how much I lecture on the subject, I have trouble convincing people (myself included!) to practice good self-care. When you are a caretaker, self-care is even more important than usual. You can’t help others if you are exhausted and miserable. So, my dogs...
Why You Should Learn To Forgive

Why You Should Learn To Forgive

Originally published on DrAndyRoark.com Whether you’re giving it, receiving it or bestowing it upon yourself, forgiveness is one of the most beautiful things in our lives. Forgiveness is a universal healer. It doesn’t really matter if the person you’re forgiving knows...
Why I Don’t Cry at Euthanasias

Why I Don’t Cry at Euthanasias

“I don’t know how you do this. It must be so hard.” Inevitably, a client will say this to me when I come to their home to euthanize their pet. My stock answer (which is completely true) is that I’m a basket case when it comes to losing my own pets, so if I can make...
‘Tis the Season For…Euthanasia?

‘Tis the Season For…Euthanasia?

We all know that there are people who don’t enjoy the holidays.  But did you know that veterinary staff members often dread the holiday season? Why? Well, there’s an odd phenomenon that starts anywhere between Halloween and Thanksgiving and sometimes drags on through...
The Words I Can’t Take Back

The Words I Can’t Take Back

Originally published on DrAndyRoark.com “Sometimes I really hate you!” I said to the writhing Dachshund in my arms.  He didn’t care. He kept wiggling madly as is his habit when I catch him trying to take off from the yard. Because of his cognitive dysfunction, he...