Archive for October, 2013

canine barometer

October 28th, 2013

Here in Southern California it’s a time of transition as the season changes in subtle ways–the temperature drops a bit, rain returns after many months of the dry season and the holidays are almost upon us.  And on a personal note, I’m in the midst of a major transition as I move from my neighborhood of the past 17 years to a new neighborhood just 2 1/2 miles away.

My dog Cooper has been quite a barometer for all of this as he knows something is brewing, but of course he doesn’t know exactly what is ahead.  But he’s been more “clingy” than usual, a bit hypervigilant and “acting out” a bit as he has been eating pieces of paper which is not his usual diet or choice of chew toys. It truly feels like a time of renewal and new beginnings as we all prepare to make our way to our new neighborhood.  Luckily, Cooper can be more intuitive and sensitive to his needs than I can be at times so I’ll pay attention to his cues and remind myself that we’re all animals finding our way into new environments all the time.

intern gratitude

October 13th, 2013

In my recent newsletter I decided to focus the Fall issue on my interns because they not only enrich my practice but also keep me on my toes at all times.  I sometimes forget how fortunate I am to have post-graduate level associates in my practice who are not only very talented clinically, but also bring a  depth of experience and wisdom to their clients.  It’s always a joy to see my interns grow and to be witness to the learning and expanding that happens in the relatively short amount of time they are with me (typically anywhere from 1-3 years).

Because it’s been 22 years since I finished my graduate training, it’s easy to forget the sense of curiosity and wonder that goes along with our field.  But those who are newer into the field restore my faith in the training process and I feel extremely grateful to be a part of the “circle of life” in this particular way.