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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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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 »
Working versus Working and Working Dogs by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health Last month’s commentary considered working versus working and working cats. Now it’s time to ponder the multiple forms working dogs also may take. Most people probably ca ... Read on »
Episode 321 – It Ain’t Necessarily So by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health I’ll admit upfront that like many clinicians I play both sides of the research/experience fence. Which side I play when depends on the circumstances. Among those who are a ... Read on »
Episode 320 – False Memories of Dogs Past by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health Do you have a favorite childhood memory of the family dog or other animals with whom you shared your early life? Even after all these years, I can recall multiple memories ... Read on »
Episode 319 – TNR for Dogs? by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health Can you imagine the public outcry if anyone were to suggest a trap, neuter, release (TNR) program for free-roaming dogs in this country? The media would have a field day. ... Read on »
Episode 318 – Biological Connectivity by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health Connectivity is a new area of ecology that considers the paths animals use to ensure their individual and species survival. Many times these  connections evolved and were ... Read on »
Meandering With Myrn: Episode 317 by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health Watching Animals Think I personally believe that all animals think although perhaps not using the same parts of their nervous systems the same way we do. However if yo ... Read on »
Episode 317 – Watching Animals Think by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health I personally believe that all animals think although perhaps not using the same parts of their nervous systems the same way we do. However if you’re new to observing them ... Read on »
Working versus Working and Working Cats by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health Over the years I’ve encountered several people whose excellent writing skills I discovered purely by chance. Prior to those fortuitous revelations, I thought these people ... Read on »
Meandering With Myrn: Episode 316 by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health Meltdown at the Worm Hotel Something is going on with my blog and FB causing my previous blogs to disappeared from FB. Because this blog refers to last week’s blog, en ... Read on »
Meandering With Myrn: Episode 315 by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health  Depression, Healing, and Balance Another variation on the theme of physical or mental depression in  animals discussed in this podcast is the fear-freeze response. In ... Read on »
Meandering With Myrn: Episode 314 by Myrna M. Doctor of Veterinary MedicineHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Pet Health  Catching Flies with Horses For those of you who would like to take a walk down memory lane or are unfamiliar with the song, “I Know An Old Lady” and want to know more ... Read on »