Running for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

For the past 4 years I have run the British 10k in London, supporting the PCRF, the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

In the village where Karen & I live, we lost 2 people, prematurely and unexpectedly, to pancreatic cancer.
Wendy and Ken.
When I run I think of them, I carry them with me.

So this year we’re doing it again.
This coming weekend, on Sunday 15 July. And it’s going to be a scorcher.
Just like last year, my cousin, Marieke, is running with me. This time she brings more support from Holland: her dad, Gerard, who is running his first 10k, and her friend, Willemijn.
So it’ll be four of us running in the red-and-yellow shirt of the PCRF

Last year we raised almost £1,700, a total we should be able to beat this year… with your help. Please support us.
You can donate by clicking this link
Alternatively, if you are in the area, you can pop into the Practice and fill out the sponsorship form.

You can read more about the PCRF here:

Thank you!

Back from the Caribbean

I am back from the Caribbean, re-adjusting to the cold, while Cabayo, the dog mentioned in the previous post, is still at the clinic in Carriacou. And making great progress.

Talya, his owner, came to visit him one Saturday morning while I was still there and spent some time with her much loved dog. When she left, Cabayo really got quite agitated and tried to climb over the fence in an attempt to follow her. Thankfully he was soon back to his normal, cheerful self and the other dogs seemed to take his mind off his beloved owner.

Cabayo’s degloving injury is healing slowly but surely. The skin on his paw has basically all regrown and we have been able to close the wound more and more every few days.

The biggest problem is the carpal joint, where the joint capsule was damaged during the accident. Joint capsules don’t tend to heal easily, so he will most likely retain a slight limp .The alternative would have been to amputate his leg – so-called “tripods” are not popular in the Caribbean, so on balance, a limp is not a bad result.



Doris returns to the Caribbean

Doris has returned to Carriacou Animal Hospital in Grenada to help out at the veterinary clinic. They have put her straight back to work.

One of her first patients was this gorgeous dog who had been involved in a traffic accident on another island.


The dog, Cabayo, belongs to a school girl who really loves him.  The ferry would not take the injured dog over to the island where Doris was working so the little girl had to get another boat to take him there.

Cabayo had a severe de-gloving injury (basically stripping of the skin) which Doris has cleaned and dressed and the progress in healing is quite amazing as you can see.

Thank you to all who bought tickets in our pre-Christmas raffle so that we could send some funds to the charity. Thank you also to Doris for giving up her time to do such valuable work. We are very proud of you.

Of course it is not all work!! That would make Doris a very dull girl and we wouldn’t want that!


A cat called Buckets

Some 10 years ago we were visiting a very good friend in Australia who worked there as a vet. She introduced us to a cat called Buckets, whose unflappable character really impressed us. And when Katie told us his story we were even more impressed.

On a hot day in Cowra, Australia, some children brought in a heat-stressed kitten that had been chased by some dogs. His temperature was 41.8! He was placed in a bucket of cold water to bring down his temperature, but his temperature did not fall, because he was still severely agitated. Katie decided to sedate the kitten and then lowered him into a bucket of ice water. Finally his temperature came down.

Buckets was castrated, vaccinated, wormed and treated for fleas. And he didn’t leave, he became the ‘practice cat’, and spent most of his time in the waiting room, observing and interacting with other cats, dogs, sheep and goats.

Karen and I met Buckets when some Blue Heeler Cattle Dog puppies were there too, and the video below gives you some idea of the kind of cat Buckets had become – supremely confident with the patience of a saint.

This story has an addendum, but I’ll keep that for the next blog post.

Hot dogs

We’ve had a lot of rain recently, and it hasn’t really felt like summer for much of the time. While I really miss the sunshine and the warmth, Brian the Boxer revels in this kind of weather.

The main reason why Brian doesn’t enjoy warm weather is that he is a brachycephalic, a flat-faced dog.

Some breeds, like Boxers, but also the increasingly popular Pugs, French Bulldogs and  English Bulldogs, have been bred to emphasize certain features that appeal to people, like large eyes and wrinkled foreheads (basically a worried baby look). This was achieved by shortening the muzzle bones, but the skin and soft tissue in those areas did not decrease accordingly, and this has resulted in narrower airways, hence breathing problems.

As we know dogs lose heat primarily through panting. Brian has more problems panting than Casey, our Labrador, due to the shape of his mouth and airways. So Casey cools down more efficiently.

We’ve had a few hot days this summer, which gave us the opportunity to test a ‘wet jacket’ on Brian. This jacket slowly releases water, which has a cooling effect. Brian seems fine with it, and you’ll agree that he looks good too.

Please be aware that all flat-faced dogs need extra attention and care when it is warm. We often take Brian for swims rather than walks, and although he prefers to splash rather swim, it does cool him down.

Karen & Harry

Running the British 10k in London for Wendy and Ken

I’m running the British 10k London again, on Sunday 9 July. This time without Lisa, who is injured. But with Marieke, my cousin.

Wendy Butler and Ken Smith both lived in our village and succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Every year I run, in their memory, to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. Last year we raised in excess of £1,600 and we hope, with your help, to raise a similar amount this year. So please help us. 

You can donate by clicking on this link:

We are also collecting money at the practice, if that is more convenient.

If you want to find out more about PCRF, and the good work they do, please click this link:

Thank you!