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The Farewell Toast

“The time has come the walrus said, to speak of many things…” But in this case I need to amend that line. I’m here to speak of only one thing – change.

The AZ St Vet’s blog is moving to a new home. If you are subscribed, that connection should remain so that any new posts will generate a notification to your email. Subscriptions to RoamingTheRange.Com will be disabled. If you wish you may (re-) subscribe there – as soon as I have it up and running.

This change is because today I take my leave from being AZ St Vet. It’s been an interesting sojourn. I am infinitely wealthier for the relationships that have been given the opportunity to flourish.

Thank you for your time and attention and in many cases, your help.

I will leave you with the very fitting words of a fellow Tar Heel. (The title is a link which will take you to a YouTube of his studio recording.)

The Farewell Toast

 – Mike Cross

Here’s to the wine we love to drink
And the food we love to eat.

Here’s to our wives and sweethearts,
And may they never meet.

Here’s champagne for our real friends
And real pain for our sham friends.

And when this journey finally ends,
May all of us find peace.

Here’s to the women that I’ve loved
And all the ones I’ve kissed.

As for regrets, I’ve just have one
That’s all the ones I’ve missed.

Ah, women’s faults are many. We men have only two:
Every single thing we say and everything we do.

I wish you health; I wish you wealth
And happiness galore.

I wish you Heaven when you die,
What could I wish you more?

May your joys be as deep as the ocean;
Your troubles as light as its foam.

And may you find sweet peace of mind,
Wherever you may roam.

Good Night.

VSV Keeps Moving

An updated VSV Situation Report is available at USDA APHIS VS page:

  • Since the start of the outbreak, two hundred seventy-nine (279) VSV-affected premises (New Jersey serotype) have been identified and quarantined in 7 states (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming).
  • As of last week, there are 140 affected premises remaining under quarantine in 5 states (Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming).

Fortunately here in AZ we are still without VSV cases.

What I do hear about frequently in the these days from my equine practitioner colleagues is the never-ending colics and laminitis war stories. It’s a harsh environment out there this time of year. Please stay alert and attentive.

Backyard Bird Biosecurity

We received information today about a webinar tomorrow that may be of interest to folks with backyard birds.

“Practice Backyard Biosecurity: Learn from the Experts” will begin at 4pm local time. Follow the link to register.

Some points slated to be covered:

  • How to recognize and protect your birds from devastating diseases like highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI)
  • How to protect your family from illness caused by your birds
  • Ways to keep predators and disease-carrying wild birds away from your flock
  • Where to find resources to help keep your flock safe and healthy