i love russell even more now

riverkhamsin  asked:

I checked your archive, and didn't see anything tagged, have you done a breed analysis of Jack Russell Terriers? It's not a breed I've specifically chosen to adopt so far, but my sister has a JRT mix, I now have a JRT mix, and I'm looking at a second one who's 9 and in the shelter. So far ours are AMAZING dogs behavior and personality- wise, so what are the health concerns? Question tax- I came because I work with dogs and other animals and love to get more info, stayed for the fantasy biology.

I am fond of the irrepressible Jack Russel Terrier. They are certainly a handful and a half, but one of my favorites, even if they do have the unfortunate tendency to all get the same name, mostly being called Jack, Jackie or (for extra originality) Russel.

These posts are about the breed from a veterinary viewpoint as seen in clinical practice, i.e. the problems we are faced with. It’s not the be-all and end-all of the breed and is not to make a judgement about whether the breed is right for you. If you are asking for an opinion about these animals in a veterinary setting, that is what you will get. It’s not going to be all sunshine and cupcakes, and is not intended as a personal insult against your favorite breed. This is general advice for what is common, often with a scientific consensus but sometimes based on personal experiences, and is not a guarantee of what your dog is going to encounter in their life.

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These little dogs are full of energy and fairly stubborn which is why they seem to ignore the facts that they’re getting old and seem to average fairly long lives. Because of their relatively long lives they do commonly get the diseases we associate with old age, notably in my experience Cushing’s syndrome and Diabetes. They also very commonly live long enough to get mammary tumors if not desexed.

Active as they are, I commonly see them for Medial Patella Lxation to some degree. It’s a common sight to see this breed running around and having a great time, but running with one hind leg up in the air. Sometimes owners mistake this as ‘doing it for attention’ because the dog ‘doesn’t seem painful’ because the kneecap can pop back into place.

Avascular necrosis of the femoral head will often pop up from time to time, though it’s a relatively rare problem overall. These dogs have a subtle lameness initially, which may be overlooked because these dogs often don’t appear to be painful to their owners.

Angular Limb Deformity, usually mild but it can be severe, is relatively common in these dogs resulting in a bowed appearance of the front legs. Not many of these dogs get surgery and many of them end up with wrist and elbow arthritis.

Lens luxation occurs when the lens of the eye falls out of place, either forward or backwards. Despite having it drilled into me that it would be common in this breed during university days, I haven’t yet seen it in clinical practice. I don’t know why this is/ Maybe I’m just lucky, because the local ophthalmologists do see these cases on a regular basis, but I suppose they would.

Behavior is probably the biggest problem I see with these dogs, and the primary reason so many of them end up in shelters. They’re smart and tenacious. If an owner is not prepared for that you can get dogs that are anxious, destructive, escapees, barkers or even aggressive. This isn’t inherently the fault of the dog. but does result in there being an abundance of this breed available for adoption.

Overall I’m very fond of these dogs, though it’s worth noting they often hide their clinical signs. I have one patient who looked perfectly normal, bright and energetic, from a distance. She was white as a sheet and desperately needed a blood transfusion due to immune mediated haemolytic anaemia. They just seem too stubborn to look ‘sick’ most of the time.

“I have always admired Doctor Who when I watched it, but wasn’t sure I could write for it. Truth is, once Steven suggested the premise and especially the main female character, I couldn’t switch off. It got to me, kept me awake, fascinated and frightened me. Exploring her relationship with the Doctor was exciting. She gives him pause for thought and challenges him at every turn.

“The last time creative agoraphobia turned into freedom of mind and space was when Russell T Davies persuaded me to enter the glorious Hub of Torchwood. I loved its dark wonder, but STILL thought the TARDIS beyond my reach… the best choice I made was to leap once more into the unknown and discover my own take on Doctor Who! The show bends to your passion, to what interests you as a writer and I am very proud to be part of it! You could even say I’m now a bit of a fan.”

– Catherine Tregenna on writing The Woman Who Lived

Musings on Madam Secretary 2.02

Breezy, refreshed, humorous Elizabeth is taking a breather this episode, replaced by all business, badass Elizabeth. Now I LOVE badass Elizabeth, but the woman needs a glass or 4 of wine. I blame Craig Sterling. Of course I blame war, cancer and the fact that it’s 100 degrees in mid-October on Craig Sterling.

I’m not sure how it’s possible, but Conrad’s balls shrink more every episode. At this point, they’re the size of sesame seeds.

That brings me to the newly established “Good Old Boys” club between Conrad and Sterling. Even Russell publicly sided with Elizabeth this episode. (Someone call Guinness and mark this rarity down.) What is Sterling holding over Conrad? An affair? Harrison’s heroin addiction? Pictures of him kicking puppies? Or, again, is Conrad just really that stupid? I mean, sometimes the most accurate choice is the most obvious. Also, I’ve decided the best use of Alison’s talking stick is to shove it down Sterling’s throat.

Unpopular opinion: I’m enjoying this new side of Henry at the National War College. You can literally watch him mentally wrestle between his ethics and his obligations. Leveraging Dmitri’s dying sister to strong-arm him into becoming a spy goes against everything Henry espoused in Season 1. This episode actually has strong undertones of “The Operative,” just in role reversal. Last season, Elizabeth worried her job was making her morally compromised. This season, Henry’s the one walking that fine line. I bet that “incomplete” sounds like child’s play right about now, huh professor?

Jay, “I think you’re the guy for the job” is basically Elizabeth McCord speak for “Suck it up, buttercup.” Speaking of which, Jay’s failed attempt to broker any agreement with Defense is rich foreshadowing about future problems between State and Defense… i.e.: Elizabeth and Henry. I’m here for it.

“There’s plenty of room in the world for mediocre men. There is no room for mediocre women.” Preach, Ms. Albright. Frame that, embroider it on a pillow, slap it on a billboard.

Sweet Henry/Elizabeth moments that require rewinding a few (dozen) times:
-Henry touching Elizabeth’s knee when he passes her in the kitchen.
-The scenes under the umbrella (don’t tell me I’m the only one who’s been waiting since July to see those BTS pictures play out).
-“So we’re not horrible parents?” “Not today.”

I’m still craving a scene of Elizabeth and Henry getting ready for bed, debriefing each other on their days, limited as they can. Some of their best talks happen while he’s grading papers on the bed and she’s putting her pajamas on.

Helloooo, Henry-wearing-jeans-McCord. Obligatory shallow Tim Daly comment. I’m allowed one per episode.

“Maybe Russian Air Force One went missing. Too soon?” “You’re a loser. Hey it works!” Jason stays my favorite McCord kid.

Most realistic moment: Elizabeth greeting Gorev wearing a dishwater-splattered T-shirt and her “comfies.” Listen, if you stop by my house unannounced after I’ve worked all day, you’re getting yoga pants, raccoon eyes because I haven’t bothered removing my mascara and a ponytail. If you’re lucky, I’m still wearing a bra. That’s a strong “if,” though.

Random things of note:

-The State Department obviously has Time Warner wifi, like I do.

-The phrase “Balls to the wall” was used in the Situation Room. Nice to see the White House has coworkers like mine.

-You don’t just sign up for and take the LSAT on a random Tuesday, but it’s the McCords, so I’m buying what they’re selling.

-I’m starting a petition to have more scenes with Téa and dogs. I also picture her cursing when she sees a dog in the script. “Cookie. Cookie. Treat. Treat.”

-I keep looking for the magnifying glass on Blake’s desk.

-Once again, my Elizabeth coat envy is something fierce.

On to next week! Why do I have to wait 6 more days?