Datana Contracta

Datana Contracta

On my way into the house from taking Dusty out this morning, I noticed this striking caterpillar making its way across the pavement. I grabbed my phone to get a picture, even though I knew an image wouldn’t do it justice. I showed my wife and went to the internet to...

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Gutters, Discs, and Carburetors

Gutters, Discs, and Carburetors

I just picked up my son Joseph at the end of a mission year in Atlanta. He will be discerning for the priesthood this summer, so our time together is limited. Yesterday we went to Arlington to clean the gutters on my mom and my daughter’s houses (next door neighbors),...

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Chulo the Canoeing Dachshund

Chulo the Canoeing Dachshund

On a recent April weekend, several friends and I ran Sideling Hill Creek, a beautiful class 2 stream in Maryland. One of my friends brought his dog Chulo, a veteran canoeist from our run of West Virginia's class 2-3 Smokehole Canyon. Since this trip was a little...

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Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine

Over the past several years we have been replacing old fluorescent and halogen outdoor lights with LEDs. It has been an easy decision in many ways: environmentally, financially, and with regard to maintenance and illumination quality. Recently we replaced our failing...

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Honey, It’s a Bunny!

Honey, It’s a Bunny!

Wild baby rabbits nurse infrequently, and mom is often away from the nest, so when a nest is found it can seem like they are abandoned. However, it is usually best to leave them undisturbed since they often don’t fare well when hand raised. Once in a while, though,...

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Grass, Stain

Grass, Stain

This Guinea Pig presented with a red, painful eye. After applying a topical anesthetic, the eyelids relaxed enough that I could see something protruding from under the upper lid. Soon, I was removing two rather large pieces of hay that had somehow gotten lodged under...

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Narceus Americana

Narceus Americana

We recently hiked Strickler Knob near Luray, VA. This hike is similar to Old Rag in the rock scrambling, but a little less strenuous, especially if you use the Scothorn Gap trailhead, and much less crowded. The 360-degree views from the top are spectacular, but...

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Hammy the Hamster

Hammy the Hamster

Three days ago this little fellow presented for wobbliness and disorientation. Neurologic symptoms are often bad news, especially in three-year-old hamsters, but Hammy seemed to be doing pretty well otherwise, and we wanted to give him a chance. Sometimes these...

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Old Rag and a Good Old Dog

Old Rag and a Good Old Dog

Just hiked Old Rag with my family yesterday. We are all moving a lot more slowly today! It was a beautiful hike that began with a little insight on the value of canine companionship: At the parking lot, I opened my door and barely tapped the side view mirror of the...

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Kitten Feeding

Kitten Feeding

We recently saw three kittens that were rescued from under a barn. Mom wasn't around, so they had been struggling to find food, their mouths, and bodies covered with dirt. Our client had cleaned them up and brought them in for exams. Two were pretty feisty and started...

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