Creature Thoughts August 2021: The Tiny Enemy

When I was a child, growing up in northern Westchester County, we would romp through the woods, lay in the high grasses, roll down the hills, and wander through the brush all day long, and never see a single tick. Today, you can barely walk from the house to the mailbox without finding one or two clinging to your clothing. Searching the dogs after every walk has become a routine that everyone performs by habit now. It’s a routine, of course, which is pretty much fruitless, as a Black-legged Tick nymph is so small it’s almost impossible to spot on a dog … or a human.

Yunnan Baiyao for bleeding cancers

As I’ve mentioned several times, one of the herb we’re using to help Ryder (who is now 5 months post diagnosis with hemangiosarcoma) is a Chinese herbal preparation called Yunnan Baiyao. Today, I listened to an excellent presentation on YouTube, with Dr Demian Dressler and Dog Cancer Answers, that goes in depth into the herb, and how it helps with these bleeding cancers.

A Ryder Update

I’d like to thank the many people who write to check on Ryder. Considering the fact that when he was diagnosed in July, he was given a dire prognosis, he continues to do well four months later.

Creature Thoughts: October 2020

Recovery and Return I apologize that issues of Creature Thoughts have fallen by the wayside. Since Ryder’s cancer diagnosis, life revolves around him, and I haven’t really been able to get things back on track. This month, therefore, I’ll just send an update, and hope that by next month, things will be more calm, and…

Creature Thoughts July 2020: Ryder

July’s creature thoughts is going to be a bit different. We have once again had our family life derailed. Many of you already know what is going on, but I’m sending out July’s newsletter to catch my friends up to speed, and to ask for your good thoughts for Ryder, and for our family.