Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bad Blogger

Yep, that’s me!

Whatever, it happens… I guess or did life happen. Maybe that’s it. So let me catch you up.

WORK
Still doing the energy thing but I’m once again became disenchanted and bored. What is my problem? I’m all full steam ahead until I figure out the game and then I just coast… someone should yell at me, but they won’t because they don’t know.

So there is that… my day job is boring me. I’m thinking about a new one. Yea, seems early to jump ship but if the offer is good I might be game. We’ll see what happens there. It just makes me think of Kermit..."It's not easy being green!"  So very true, so very true.
PIPE DREAM…CONT’D
I applied once again to Vet School, my instate school. Yea, I enjoy tossing money down the drain on a wish and a prayer. I figured I only have X amount of years before my pre-requisites start to expire due to age of date taken. Most if not all school want your core work to be within the past six years. Because of this I applied.

Then I got an e-mail last week, once again inviting me to an interview! YEAH!!!

I’m really trying hard to not get my hopes up because it’ll probably go like the last 3X and I’ll get rejected. However, this time around I really scrubbed the crap out of my application.  Funny, ha, ha right?

1.  PERSONAL STATEMENT:  I totally rewrote my personal essay and then rewrote it 10 more times perfecting it! A huge thanks to a few amazing friends and 007 for listening to me bitch about the process. He’s a good copy editor but my friend is amazing!!! If you read this blog you know I need the help and at some point I’ll post the essay, if and ONLY if I get in. If not I’m going to probably reuse it, maybe or maybe I’ll take the hint and stop applying. Time will tell.

2.  ANIMAL EXPERIENCE:  The other BIG thing I did was leave off everything and I mean everything remotely related to the rescue.

ODD right?

Yea, but I think it was for the best.  I sure hope so. I went so far as to make sure all my letters of recommendation left off anything about it. I think it worries them that your going to be some kind a nut job.  Sorry I'm not doing this for the great salary.  News flash people!

3.  LOR's:  I asked my academic reference to beef up my letter regarding the research work I did at the zoo on contraceptive methods the giraffes were on. The irony, the work is totally meaningless now!

Technicality, I hope.

Not only did the zoo stop the contraceptives but they let both the female giraffes get pregnant. Oh it gets better.  One had a baby with major medical issues, but after MANY procedures seems to be ok now. The other female giraffe died and so did her calf during the birthing process.

So the only thing my research provides is they should have kept them on BC, which was not the basis of my research AT ALL, just a side note based on their age, medical history of both of the females.

So irony.... not so good sometimes and I'm really hoping they don't want the current status of the giraffes during the interview.

4.  NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENT:  When your a non-traditional or returning for a change of career there are some "things" your application has to cover and that typically is an undergrad degree that is completely irrelevant to your new interest in veterinary medicine.  I'm no exception.  I also have some crappy grades from back in the day to explain away. 

What have I learned? 

I've learned that I had to rethink my first undergrad experience. I determined that I was being too forthcoming and that nobody truly understands a service academy unless they’ve been to one. So why try and make them get it in 1500 characters or less when it has zero relevance to what I want to do now, i.e. vet school. This was a huge duh moment but a pretty critical one and probably one that has held my application back. So we it comes to the academy I wrote, I went, it was hard, the end. That does some it up pretty well.

I wanted to add that sailing a merchant ship in a hurricane will provide me with zero benefit during gross anatomy but 007 had me take that part out. Butthead!

So there application done, submitted, and interview accepted.

PIPE DREAM - INTERVIEW
The big day will be early December!!!
  •  Then the big OMG I said what during the interview will follow
  • After that I’ll more than likely get my heart crushed sometime in early January when a twenty something will get my seat.
  • Ah, but I’m staying positive because at least I’m tossing my hat into the ring!

SAVING ONE LIFE AT A TIME….Ripple effect

Tuck
The rescue marches on… We had a very cool FB experience with a lost dog that taught me how amazing social media can be and what positive things can come of it.
 
The short version: A client at the clinic grooms dogs for the shelter, I asked her to groom one of our rescues. She did a great job and he did get a home from the photos with his new haircut. So yea and thank you!

Few days later I get an email about a lost dog. I offer up to help. Then I find out that the groomer gal is also helping. Small world…

Groomer gall sends me a txt Sunday evening asking if I have any live traps and telling me they need some. Of course most rescue groups do so I tell 007 we are meeting a couple who lost their dog at a park to give them the traps. He informs that no, we are not, it’s dark out and it’ll be close to 10pm.

What was found in the trap the next morning.
He obviously doesn’t get how things go around here, silly 007. About fifteen minutes later we met the couple who were a very stressed out and wonderful people at the park, in the dark. We dropped off the traps and helped set them up.

Next morning Groomer gal and owner of missing dog checked the traps.  The photo to the left is what the found.  We caught a number of wildlife and the saga of the 33day search for their missing dog began.

From Missing to Famous!
 I created a FB page on a whim thinking it might be a good way to coordinate the process. It went simi-viral!  The search made the local news and members of the search party were interviewed. It was crazy and cool. We used txt messaging to coordinate when sightings would happen and those who could responded.

Guess what?

SHE WAS FOUND!

Day 33 Reunited!
Yep, after 33days she made it home. Upon rescue she went straight to the vet and was deemed very healthy minus a small weight loss.  Below is "missing dog" with her Mom!  Don't ya just love a happy ending!

Zane
Another cool thing that happened through the long search was a txt went out about a sighting of a small dog.  A group responded and caught him he was very skinny and in bad shape. Only about 4lbs! The group named him Zane.  He had been on the streets for a long time and went to the shelter for the three day hold but nobody claimed him so he was adopted by one of the people involved in the search. 

Additional dogs as well were found because so many folks were out looking for the original dog that they came acorss others.  Those had homes and we got them back to those homes! 
 
"Missing" with her folks
Zane with his new mom!
During the search I met another lady; we’ll call her Angel K. She is a supper rescue star and devoted herself to the search in ways I can barely explain. She was the one to finally catch the real lost dog that started everything.

We had a Meet and Greet at the local Bark Park to thank all the people who helped in the search and the Missing Dog was the star attraction. The local news covered it too! During the party I was talking with Angle K and she mentioned that she was taking in a new dog. Nothing new with rescue people but then she mentioned the dogs name. It was a dog I'd actually asked a group about via petfinder and had received zero response. 

What are the odds?
Emma with Scout & Garfield

I filled her in and guess what Angel K does? She gives me the dog.  Horton is in-love with her.  She's a puppy mill rescue and she's a black toy poodle.  I renamed her Emma Marie.

I LOVE HER =)

Makes your heart sing just a bit doesn’t it!
  
So now you are up to date. I’m still a nut and still chasing dreams. Oh, I need to tell ya about Willy Hitch…tomorrow or over the weekend. Soon I promise!