Bau: A Visit With Alzheimer Patients

Look at me with two of my favorite people.

We go visit just when it’s snack time and they both are so kind to give me their cookies in spite of my mistress telling them not to.

She explains that it’s not good for me but they ignore her. Good for them!

Bau and patients

Thank you for the cookies. I love  you!

The equivalent to Alzheimer’s disease in dogs is called Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS).  One thing I know for certain is that if ever I end up in a home because of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction I will always give part of my cookies to the dogs that visit me.

Physical and behavioural changes are similar in both Alzheimer’s and CDS. So similar, we can borrow from the extensive research that has been done in humans and lab animals to help understand what will delay the onset of senile dementia in pets. (5) Conversely, dogs are also increasingly being used as models to study the disease in humans. (11, 12, 13)

http://www.animalresearch.info/en/medical-advances/veterinary-medicine/cognitive-dysfunction-syndrome-Gcds/ggg

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.W. Allgaier: Peace in the Midst

Peace in the midst

An envelope lies unopened in her office. Bakery owner and mom, Mattie, is recently divorced. Her three kids don’t understand why. Running her life in the 1980’s has proven more difficult than she imagined and was about to get more complicated.
Esther, a young widow, is trying to run a farm and raise her three children alone in the early 1940’s. How could her circumstances get any worse?
Thomas, the new county sheriff, is trying to make sense of his life. How did his life turn upside down when he was trying to do the right thing?

What I liked about this book, besides its interesting plot, is the goodness of the characters throughout. Sure, there are a few (very few) dubious, selfish characters, but for the most part the author writes about the caring and kindness of mankind. It is heartwarming and made me feel good reading it as it gave me hope in humanity. Of particular interest, was the emphasis placed on a man as hero.
Although the author’s own moral values are supported by Biblical passages the truths, honor and charity of human nature at its best are universal.
This is a good pick me up book in keeping with the nature of the author’s blog where she offers words of encouragement.

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Bau: Passing With Flying Colors

As expected, I passed my evaluation to become a therapy dog with flying colors. There were lots of dogs present, most much bigger than me. One even barked at me which I totally ignored although I did find that he was awfully rude and I secretly wished that he would fail the test.
I have to admit that the whole thing was a bit intimidating and since I had never done this before and didn’t know what to expect I stayed near my mistress and obeyed her. During one of the tests, all the dogs were required to pass by an enormous tray of cookies to see if any of us would steal one. It was tempting but with my super will power I didn’t even attempt a sniff. The big dog who barked at me pounced on the cookie tray and they went flying all over the place and he  was immediately disqualified.
You can imagine how satisfying that was for me!

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Now What?

Olga Núñez Miret: Escaping Psychiatry

Psychiatry, law and writing. These are three of my favorite subjects to read about. Escaping Psychiatry: Beginnings includes all three. The novella is as much a psychological thriller as it is a legal one.
Mary, the protagonist, is a very relatable and likeable character. In attempts to get away from her career as a psychiatrist and shift to one in writing, Mary is distracted into her role as psychiatrist and finds herself entangled in a court case involving a famous writer accused of murder.
The plot is interesting and the author instills enough suspense to make you want to continue reading. The author, herself a forensic psychiatrist, brings credibility and authenticity to the protagonist.
In this prequel, the author has set the foundation for the remainder in her series:

“Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings is the prequel to Escaping Psychiatry a volume collecting three stories where Mary and her psychiatric expertise are called to help in a variety of cases, from religious and race affairs, to the murder of a policeman, and in the last case she gets closer than ever to a serial killer.”

 

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Ani’s Advent Calendar 2018! Favourite things with Carol Balawyder’s Bau

Thank you, Sue Vincent, for hosting my dog, Bau, on Ani’s Advent Calendar. I truly appreciate your generosity and talent . 🙂

I wish you all Happy Holidays

and a new year filled with your favorite things.

 

 

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Snowballs and turkey, and nice handsome poodles,

Maybe a chicken fried up with some noodles,

Tennis balls flying like birds on the wing….

These are a few of my favourite things.

Old cheddar cheeses with sausage and bacon,

Walks in the morning when rabbits are waking,

Cuddles and snuggles, earplugs when she sings…

These are a few of my favourite things.

When the flea bites,

When the vets write,

When the weather’s bad…

I simply indulge in my favourite things

To stop me from going mad….

Everyone is singing lately… I like singing, must be my Dad’s genes. Just wish she wouldn’t do it quite as much though. She’s not exactly tuneful…

Wonder if Bau can sing?

Letter from Bau

Dear Ani,

I hope that I am not too late in being able to post on your advent calendar. Really, all I want is to wish you and all your…

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WHAT MAKES STRONG WRITING

In a recent interview with Natalie Portman and CBC’s Tom Power at the Toronto International Film Festival, Portman talked about the inspiration behind her critically-acclaimed performance in Vox Lux.

One of the reasons she so easily accepted the role was because the writing was so strong. Brady Cobert is both the director and writer of Vox Lux.

Brady Cobert

 Attribution: Georges Biard

That got me thinking.

What makes writing so strong?

EM Castellan, a writer of YA Historical Fantasy novels and winner of several Wattpad awards, provides pointers on what you need to make your writing stronger.

One of the most common reasons for agents and publishers to reject a manuscript is « weak writing ». Rather than listing here what makes your writing weak, I’d like to offer a few pointers to help you make your writing strong – or stronger.

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