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2020-01-29Jan 29, 2020

But today, on the cente-column-enial of my tenure with The Gazette, I want to do something completely different, something I should have done years ago (and for this failure I am truly sorry). As some of you may have guessed, I am of Italian descent. As such, I am genetically compelled to cook for anyone foolish enough to enter my home. My culinary skill, while inherited (and therefore something for which I deserve no credit) is, if I say so myself, considerable. BUT, the pinnacle of my cooking accomplishment is the recipe that I shall reveal here: Dr. T’s Crazy Good Dungeness Crab!

2020-01-11Jan 11, 2020

The Humane Society of Sonoma County (HSSC) joins the ranks of shelters in using facial recognition technology to identify lost dogs and cats. This shelter now offers their community an additional tool to help lost and adoptable dogs and cats find their forever home. Registration of your pet is FREE and simple.

2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019

I am, of course, Spot’s pancreas, the most important organ in the body. The EXOCRINE pancreas and the ENDOCRINE pancreas.

2019-11-20Nov 20, 2019

Effective Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Sonoma County is issuing a cold weather advisory in response to the National Weather Service’s prediction for temperatures in the 30s overnight in parts of the county that might also be without power.

2019-10-30Oct 30, 2019

I'm Spot's Spleen. Crisis management is not my only talent. Sure, I store a lot of red blood cells and platelets in my red pulp, but my day job is doing immune monitoring and cleaning the blood. Somebody has to do it, and I take pride in my function as the keeper of the erythron. I maintain the condition of circulating red blood cells, and can remove bits of damaged hemoglobin before sending middle aged red blood cells back into circulation, almost as good as new. 

2019-10-20Oct 20, 2019

The Value of Embracing Wild Birds and Domestic Cats.  Many commord n bispecies are losing ground in their struggle to exist. Two familiar birds which have declined are the Dark-eyed Junco and the Barn Swallow.  Juncos are a cute sparrow that comes to feeders. Protect our wild birds while keeping our pets safe.  Cats are not part of the natural ecosystems and they kill small birds, like the Dark-eyed Junco. Keeping cats indoors is also good for their own safety. Photo by Dieter Joel Jagnow from FreeImages

2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019

Like your own emergency kit, the ones you create for your animals should include three to five days of food, water and medications. Some suggestions not mentioned frequently are good photos - especially close up so you can see unique features that make identifying your pet easier. CHIP your pet! Wouldn’t it be wonderful is every pet that was lost during the 2017 fire found its owner? The ones with chips were easy to identify. The ones without ... well...some never found their owners. Putting a notice on your door when you evacuate let’s people know what pets live on your property.

2019-09-29Sep 29, 2019

People like to believe that being a veterinarian is all about animals: helping animals, saving their lives, and soothing their hurts —  and it is. Except when it’s not. I’m in my 38th year of veterinary practice. I’ve learned that every animal has a Person. Hearts are intertwined. Dogs are zen masters who ACCEPT what life brings them. Humans… not so much. When you accept responsibility for helping an Animal, you have to accept the invisible bond that ties them to their Person. You must accept that a part of your responsibility is to help Person 

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