Surface Creek Veterinary Center October 2019

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Plus Plenty More Fun This Month

The best thing you can do is keep all the sweets out of reach of your pets. Even if you think it’s far away, they can probably smell it, so if it’s within their reach, they’ll find it. Remind the kiddos that as much as they enjoy candy, and as much as Max might beg for it, it’s very bad for pets and makes them sick. Keeping your pets safe and away from foods that harm them will ensure that it’s is a fun holiday for everyone. With the Dog Jog, Halloween, AppleFest, and more, it’s a pretty festive time of year around here. We sure do love fall in Cedaredge. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Several years ago, we wanted to start a fun tradition for our Surface Creek Vet Center community, and we couldn’t think of a better season for it. That’s how our Dog Jog all started, and it’s pretty amazing to think it’s going into its eighth year. It’s going to be an awesome time, so don’t forget to join us and dress up! We’ll be awarding prizes for a bunch of different categories, including cutest costume, best pet- owner duo, and many more. Register at the clinic or on our website.

a one-mile and a two-mile option for the Dog Jog, and jogging is not required. You and your furry friends can go at your own speed and enjoy the beautiful day.

Around our house, we’re pretty traditional when it comes to costumes. Our dog wears the same

costume every year: the giant pumpkin. Since we live outside of town, we usually head to a neighborhood close by for trick-or- treating. Dr. Susie and the kids love to dress up, and Dr. Susie makes the kids’ costumes herself. She starts working on them weeks ahead of time to put everything together. It used to be that everyone made their own costumes out of whatever materials they had on hand. Nowadays, you see a lot more people getting them from the store. While our pets enjoy dressing up, they can’t take part in the “treat” of the holiday. Candy is a big no-no for pets. We always worry about dark chocolate this time of year because it contains a compound that causes heart disease and, in some cases, cardiac failure in dogs. All candy can cause pancreatitis in pets, a life-threatening disease. Something else to watch out for is foods that contain xylitol. Often found in sugar-free gum, this ingredient can kill a dog within hours. It’s okay for us humans, but it’s lethal for dogs.

W e are so excited to announce our eighth (yes, you read that right!) annual Dog Jog happening on Nov. 2! Come join the fun at Aspen Trails campground that first Saturday in November. Check-in will be at 10:30 a.m. with the jog starting at 11 a.m., followed by the costume contest and then lunch. You can register for the Dog Jog at our clinic or on our website, and registration includes lunch and a T-shirt (Dr. Jeff is designing them this year!). We’re continuing this fun tradition because you and your pets seem to really enjoy it, and we do too! Remember all the fun we had last year? The jog, the treats, the costume contest — you all really impressed us with your costumes! If walking is more your style, take heart. We have

We can’t wait to see you there.

Dr. Susie and Dr. Jeff


Since medieval times, the myth that black cats are bad luck has hung around, making believers jump out of the way when a black cat crosses their path (and, in the worst cases, kill black cats). This belief most likely came about in the Middle Ages when widespread fear of witchcraft took over. Because of their nocturnal nature, cats were believed to be a witch’s sidekick (or a witch in another form), and black cats got an especially bad rap. When Did Black Cats Becom Bad Luck? If you go back even further in history, black cats represented good luck. The Egyptians were one of many civilizations to worship cats — they even had a goddess who took the shape of one. In maritime lore, black cats have traditionally been symbols of good luck. Sailors welcomed them on board for their mice-catching prowess, and they served as reassurance that the ship would have a safe passage home. In Scotland, a black cat showing up at your doorstep is a sign of prosperity. Women who have a black cat included in a photo are more likely to find a suitor in Japan. And in parts of England, a black cat is sometimes given as a lucky wedding gift to the happy couple. Research from the National Institutes of Health has found a gene mutation associated with black cats that may give them resistance to certain diseases. It’s the same as a gene found in some humans that gives them resistance to HIV, and researchers are hopeful about the possibilities this link could hold for treating diseases in animals and humans. FEARSOME FELINES Of course, cat lovers know that this is all very silly. Black cats make great pets! You don’t have to look far to find evidence that others agree. DEBUNKING THE MYTH

MYTHICAL CATS OF THE WORLD Tails From the Past Most owners will tell you their cats act like ancient deities. Majestic, scrupulous, and utterly unpredictable, these fascinating creatures have long captured our imaginations. Even before cat videos took the internet by storm, humans have been idolizing felines, placing them alongside some of their most important mythological figures. BASTET — EGYPT Of course, a list of mythical cats has to start with Egypt. While many people know the pharaohs and their followers thought cats were sacred, you may be surprised by how deep the connection goes. The earliest depiction of Bastet, the feline deity of protection, is a lion-headed woman in battle. But, over the course of 2,000 years, Bastet evolved to resemble the domesticated, pointy-eared cats we know and love today. 招き猫 (MANEKI-NEKO) — JAPAN Legend has it that in the 17th century, a monk living in a small temple in Edo (now Tokyo) was struggling to survive, but he still split his meals with his cat, Tama. One day, Lord Nakaota li got caught in a rainstorm while hunting and took shelter under a tree near the temple. Nakaota spotted Tama near the temple, and the cat raised its leg, beckoning the noble

to come toward him. Curious, Nakaota complied, stepping out from beneath the tree just before a bolt of lightning struck it down. The lord’s life was saved, and to this day, the Maneki-Neko (the beckoning cat) is a symbol of wealth and good fortune.

Around here, we’re fans of all felines (and all animals, for that matter), and we happen to think black cats are pretty darn cute.

FREYA’S SKOGKATTS — NORWAY In Norse folklore, the goddess Freya had a unique means of travel: a chariot pulled by two cats. These were skogkatts, or Norwegian Forest cats, that were only a little larger than your average house cat. Still, these small felines towed Freya around battlefields as she gathered warriors to send to Valhalla. On top of being the goddess of war, love affairs, and magic, Freya may well have been Midgard’s first cat lady.


MEET WAYLEN! TeamMember Spotlight

at Surface Creek has been really supportive in showing him the ropes.

We couldn’t be happier to introduce you to our newest veterinary technician, Waylen Dorscher.

lients Spreading the Word Thanks so much to these clients who referred new patients to us the past two months: After bringing his cows in for a checkup last year, Waylen saw what a great place Surface Creek is for pets and people. When he noticed we were looking for an extra hand, he knew that being part of the Surface Creek team was the perfect opportunity for him. He’s already shadowed Dr. Susie for some goat ultrasounds (they made a visit to check on Waylen’s goats) and says it’s been really great to learn from such a skilled vet. Waylen says the whole team Waylen grew up showing livestock at our local fairs. A self-described cattle person, he entered his first cattle show at age 11 and has been showing ever since. Last year, he made the jump to raising livestock in addition to showing them. He now has cattle, sheep, and goats under his care.

Waylen’s favorite part of the job so far has been meeting and getting to know people’s pets. He’s grateful for the hands- on experience he’s been able to take advantage of and loves helping the team tend to patients. Since graduating from school, Waylen has been so excited to learn from experienced folks like Dr. Susie and Dr. Jeff so he can continue to grow his skills. He’s particularly interested in genetics and learning more about how technology can improve animal care and showmanship.

He’s happy to be part of the community and especially happy to be at Surface Creek Vet Center, so make sure to say hi the next time you’re in the clinic.

Waylen was born and raised in Grand Junction but recently made the move to Cedaredge.

This recipe from Momofuku Milk Bar chef and “Master Chef” judge Christina Tosi makes great use of those extra Halloween goodies. It’s a quick and easy way to both elevate and get rid of unwanted leftovers. Leftover Candy Snack Mix

Jacinda & Peter Markawitch

Inspired by Food & Wine Magazine

Tena Mikelonis

Rebecca & Matt Drbohlav

Debbie McPeek


1/3 cup dry milk powder

2 cups mini pretzels, coarsely broken

6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup light brown sugar

12 oz mini candy bars, such as Snickers, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

2 tbsp granulated sugar


1. Heat oven to 275 F. 2. In a large mixing bowl, fold together pretzels, sugars, milk powder, and butter. 3. Spread mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes. 4. Let cool for at least 30 minutes and mix in candy bar pieces before serving.





Our 8th Annual Dog Jog! inside this issue

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Amazing Cat Tales

When Did Black Cats Become Bad Luck?


Team Member Spotlight

Clients Spreading the Word

Leftover Candy Snack Mix


Green Up Your Camping Trip

Camping Lightly


pollute the water. Stay away from waterways while brushing your teeth, and avoid sunscreen and bug sprays that are water-soluble or toxic to animals. 3. TRY DIY Making your own snacks and buying in bulk can help you avoid single-use plastic packaging, which inevitably becomes trash. Try baking your own granola bars and securing them in beeswax wrap, tossing homemade snack mixes in reusable Stasher bags, and bringing bulk oats for breakfast in repurposed jars. 4. COOK SMART Ditch gas when you camp by packing in a battery- or solar-powered burner to start your fire without harmful chemicals. If you’re cooking over the campfire, be sure to burn smart, too. Tossing aluminum cans or random trash in with your kindling can pollute both the air and the food you’re making. 5. PACK IT OUT “Leave no trace” is the camper’s motto. Ideally, you should leave your campsite pristine apart from extinguished coals and flattened grass. Bring reusable bags to pack out your trash and other items to recycle and/or compost. Food scraps don’t always biodegrade quickly in nature — in fact, according to The Guardian, banana peels can take two years to decompose. There’s nothing quite like spending a few days in nature, enjoying the fresh air, lush trees, and peace and quiet. If campers do their part to preserve the health and beauty of our national parks, everyone can enjoy them for years to come.

During the 35-day government shutdown that stretched from late 2018 to early

2019, National Park Service workers were stuck at home without pay. Meanwhile, Yellowstone National Park trash cans overflowed with fast food wrappers and plastic water bottles; broken sleds and beer cans piled up in the Lassen National Forest; toilets in Yosemite National Park backed up and dumped waste into the places we’ve deemed most precious. Months later, our national parks are still struggling, but nature lovers can take steps to be more eco-friendly while camping in any outdoor setting this fall. Here are five green ideas for your next campout: 1. SAY NO TO NEW Before you leave town, inventory everything you’ll need for your trip. If gear is on the list, try repairing what you have, borrowing from a friend, or buying used equipment before you head to REI. Using what you have leads to less eventual waste. 2. GO NATURAL When choosing soap, toothpaste, makeup, sunscreen, and bug spray for camping, always pick natural options that will biodegrade quickly and won’t


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