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Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Charlestown, New Hampshire
I am a veterinary ethologist and author interested in the interaction of health, behavior, and the... Full Bio
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Banishing Cabin Fever by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health It’s late February as I write this and I’m having a major attack of cabin fever. It began this morning when I turned on my computer, saw the screen saver I loaded the begi ... Read on »
Episode 336 – It’s All About Energy by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health We’ve all heard that a look is worth a thousand words but a lot of other human and animal behaviors may be too. This podcast begins an overview of some the basics of eth ... Read on »
Episode 335 – Behavioral Back-Engineering by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health This week’s podcast explores the mental process necessary to uncover the whys underlying an animal behavioral problem. Sometimes it’s a matter of recognizing all the diffe ... Read on »
Episode 334 – Rituals, Teaching, and Learning by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health This week’s podcast explores what happens when human-animal sparks fly in the little house on the hill and what that reveals about interspecies teaching and learning. Read on »
Episode 333 – The Skinny on Fat-Talk by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health This week’s podcast delves into the challenges facing the messenger delivering and the recipient accepting the message that a beloved dog or cat is overweight. Compared to ... Read on »
The Great Grisby and the Easter Egg Phenomenon by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health As a young child, dying Easter eggs was a favorite annual ritual in my home. Using that mysterious mathematical genius of mothers on tight budgets everywhere, Mom would de ... Read on »
Episode 332 – Bond-Blasters by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health The previous 2 podcasts explored how the projection of our ideas about spiritual and physical freedom may affect animal health and behavior. The last of this 3-part seri ... Read on »
Episode 331 – Boundless Freedom by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health Continuing the exploration of the concept of freedom as it relates to companion animals, this week’s podcast considers physical freedom. Is boundless physical freedom al ... Read on »
Episode 330 – Order Out of Chaos by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health The next three podcasts consider a theme that increasingly comes up when people describe their ideal relationship with a dog: the desire to experience freedom directly o ... Read on »
Episode 329 – My Better Half by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health When I was in Junior High (Middle School to those belonging to the younger generation), one of my English teachers was a big fan of pop quizzes. One such quiz involved wri ... Read on »
January Doldrums and New Beginnings by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health January is the Resolutions Month. At the same time the post-holiday period often doesn’t lend itself to starting big projects. Even so, the transition from holiday to da ... Read on »
Holiday Greetings by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health This year the podcaster is taking a break and sending Season’s Greetings via the three furry muses who live in the little house on the hill. May the coming year be fil ... Read on »
Episode 328 – A Feather Magnified by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health For me personally, no one has grasped the connection between human and animals more elegantly than naturalist  Henry Beston . When I first encountered the passage that ser ... Read on »
Episode 327 – That Kind of a Day by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health It was a very dark but not stormy very early late November morning. The bedroom felt cold enough that I regretted letting the woodstove go out during the night. Everything ... Read on »
Episode 326 – The Huh? Factor by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health When I edited this podcast, it reminded me of two things. One was a study published last summer that revealed that some people would rather give themselves electrical shoc ... Read on »
The Most Perfect Gift by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health I’m a list-maker and as I write this, I face my usual crammed-full, ever-lengthening holiday do-list that includes gearing up for taking the new website live. Still ... Read on »
Episode 325 – Infinite Shades of Always by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health Imagine you had a neophobic cat. In other words your cat was fearful of anything or anyone new that entered your home. And because these additions frightened the cat, he s ... Read on »
Episode 324 – Naturephilic and Naturephobic Dogs by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health In Aesop’s fable The City Mouse and the Country Mouse  the two animals discover that they lack the temperaments and skills to enjoy each other’s lifestyle  Such difference ... Read on »
Episode 323 – Frica, Ollie, and the Mysterious Intruder by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health It was a dark and stormy morning and I suspect that those who live alone, and especially women who live alone, will appreciate my dilemma. Not knowing what awaited on the ... Read on »
Episode 322 – The Clever Lens Effect by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health Where does your mind go when you’re taking videos of your animal? Are you in the moment or is your mind off somewhere? The few times I’ve attempted to video the resident q ... Read on »