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2,288km in 12 years

He was waving at me when I walked in. Relieved I didn’t have to scan faces trying to find him I walked across the bustling room. He stood up and gave me a bear hug. “It’s been a while!” my cousin’s eyes danced. “Too long!” my eyes danced in return. The last time we...

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Cat on a hot tin roof

My bedside clock reads 1.17am yet I’m totally bathed in light. I count out the seconds in my head. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. And right on cue there he is – Wolf my tabby cat - marching along the top of the railing fence outside my bedroom window. That railing...

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A bad case of prolific poopers

2 weeks ago, I visited my neighbour from where I used to live. While I was inside enjoying a cuppa with them, I looked out their feature window into their beautiful garden and what I saw almost made me choke on my tea. Their birdbath had mesh over the top of it and a...

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R2-D2 Lives Closeby

R2-D2 lives in my neighbour’s paddock A flash of colour in my periphery followed by a shovelling sound announces his presence. 2 paddocks away along the fence line. I hesitate, turning slowly in his direction, unsure if I’m imagining things. Nope, there he is. In a...

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Was Wolf Happy?

Recently I participated in the annual Landcare Research bird survey. Basically, I chose a day and on that day sat down for one hour to count and identify all the birds I saw. I could have counted them anywhere in NZ, like the top of the Sky Tower, Premier House (a bit...

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I don’t want to spam them

I was with a practice manager last week talking to her about emailing her clients more often. “I don’t want to spam them” she said. “You won’t when you start giving them stories they want to read” I replied. Being part of a veterinary practice she’s got stories coming...

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The Voice

How does your voice compare to this guy? All you hear is the squeak of sandshoes across an empty floor, in a silent room. Four backs are turned as he takes his backpack off and plugs his earphones in. And he starts. His voice is the only thing he can use to get four...

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Plant A Tree

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." This is a pearler of a Chinese proverb. The best time for you to promote your practice so people are more likely to buy from you, was yesterday, last month, last year, 20 years ago. But,...

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