Sunday Selfie: Neon Cat
We are thankful to be participating in Sunday Selfies hosted by The Cat on My Head
This Sunday Selfie: Neon Cat is one of the effects we discovered this week as the Paws felines were playing around with Photoshop filters. We wanted to do a quick watercolor, but that was not meant to be. What we came up with was a neon green cat.
What’s your favorite artistic effect? What’s your favorite artistic program or app? Please share your thoughts and suggestions.
Remembering 9-11, a day that was marked the beginning of a recognition that the United States was not exempt from terrorist attacks. Most all Americans were in shock that day as we saw the commercial airplanes hijacked and deliberately crashed into the Twin Towers, a focal points of the New York City skyline.
Another plane deliberately crashed into the Pentagon. Still another, headed for the U.S. Capitol Building was courageously crashed by the passengers who took control of the plane to take it down.
This post is participating in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop hosted by The Cat on My Head.
Do you remember what you were doing on 9-11? Did it have an impact on your life? Were you personally changed by it. Please weight in and share your thoughts and comments.
I remember that day vividly. Working for a non-profit, there was a small TV in our office. It was hard to walk away from the television coverage and do work. Having been a journalists before starting work in public relations, the work of the day seemed very insignificant. We would see those images replayed day after day for well over a year. It changed our lives momentarily – maybe for a year. But 15 years later, things are pretty much the same, except we realize terrorism is a real threat in America.
My kitty Lenny is only 4-years-old. He wasn’t around that day. He wasn’t even a fleeting thought in his human’s mind. My Pink Collar, now 16, was just a kitten, and she had my beloved Smokey Blue, who has passed on, were there to watch the horror unfold in front of us. Mom’s cat, Clyde, not pictured here, was also there to comfort her.
Remembering 9-11, many like my kitty Lenny, too young to remember
While we recall this fateful day, we realize so many people under 21 or even 25 have no recollection or a very faint one of this day that ranks up there with the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy or for those that can remember the bombing of Pearl Harbor that sent America into World War II.
Remembering 9-11 through art
When I was in high school, I took oil painting lessons, and after visiting my brother who lived in New York City, I painted this scene of the Twin Towers. I had totally forgotten about this painting till a few years after 9-11. I was very pleased I hadn’t given it away or tossed it. Today, I share it on my blog, Paws for Reflection.
Dr. Roberta Relford, DVM, MS, PhD, Chief Medical Officer of IDEXX Laboratories who helped to research and develop the SDMA biomarker test, talks about kidney disease in cats. In a Q&A interview she addresses the impact of the new IDEXX SDMA test, the technology behind it, and the importance of screening your pets earlier than veterinarians were able to do before.
Tell us about yourself. How did you get involved in veterinary medicine, and what lead you to become actively involved with kidney disease in pets, particularly cats.
As a small animal veterinarian practicing in Florida and then Tennessee, I became very interested in diagnostics and decided to pursue a doctorate degree in veterinary pathology. While on the faculty of Texas A&M University, I focused my studies on veterinary pathology and small animal internal medicine. It was there that my interest in kidney disease and its impact on pets really grew.
IDEXX’s SMDA test diagnoses cat Chronic Kidney Disease earlier than ever before giving the cats a better chance of a longer, happier life. That’s really important because one in three cats will develop kidney disease in their lifetime. This far outnumbers cats with thyroid disease or diabetes.
1 in 3 cats & 1 in 10 dogs get kidney disease
The SDMA test, available commercially this past July, is a real break through. Before this new test, dogs and cats were only diagnosed when they showed symptoms of kidney disease. They may have already lost 70-75 percent of their kidney function. Now when diagnosed, cats may have only lost 40 percent of their kidney function, as shown in the chart below.
IDEXX’s SMDA test diagnoses cat kidney disease earlier
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc,, headquartered in Maine, is a leader in pet healthcare innovation. The company serves practicing veterinarians around the world with a broad range of diagnostic and information technology-based products and services.
According to their website, kidney disease has been difficult to combat because it is often not detected until most of the kidney damage has already been done. Standard testing methods (measuring creatinine during routine bloodwork) typically sends up the warning flag when 75 percent of a pet’s kidney function is gone. SDMA sends up that warning much sooner.
Labor Day marks the end of the summer season. While the first day of Fall is still a few weeks away, Labor Day is symbolic as the end of summer. Memorial Day marks the beginning of the vacation season where we flock to beaches, plant our gardens, manicure our lawns, and enjoy barbecues on our decks.
Labor Day the end of summer
Kids go back to school, and we begin to reflect on what else we want to accomplish this year. For us kitties, it’s a little more napping, and not much work.
Today, we share 2 of the Paws feline family sharing their thoughts about this long weekend in this Sunday Selfie Blog Hop, sponsored by The Cat on My Head.
What are your kitties telling you this Labor Day weekend? Do you think they care that Labor Day marks the end of the summer season? Please weigh in and share your comments.