Saturday, March 28, 2015

Voting, evidence based medicine, Sarbi the decorated veteran, music for cats and more

Phil begging eyes
Phil wears his sausage eyes to polling booths.

Did you survive another week? I know many of you, particularly vets and nurses, will be working over the weekend, but even so the concept of a weekend is so culturally ingrained that one can’t help but feel a frisson, a spark of excitement.

This weekend, aside from working, Phil and I are going to do our civic duty as New South Welshbeings and head to the polling booths to vote. It’s always an interesting scene as politicians and volunteers from all parties request the opportunity to pose for a photo with Phil.

Sausage sizzles are common at Aussie polling booths, so if you are taking your dog along to vote remember not to let him or her overindulge in the sausage. We do treat post-election vomiting, diarrhoea and even pancreatitis thanks to overzealous ingestion of election-associated sausages.

For vets and students out there, the UK’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is building resources for evidence-based veterinary medicine. To get involved register here.

In some very sad news, decorated war veteran and bomb detector Sarbi has been reported dead. She had retired and was living in Australia. Recently she had experienced seizures and wasdiagnosed with a brain tumour.

Does your cat like music? If not, you may be playing the wrong stuff. According to a study in Applied Animal Behavioural Science, some music appeals more to some animals than others. Bobby Owsinski has put somesamples on his blog for you to try.

If you’re looking for something a bit more upbeat, this scene from Red Dog is fabulous. Red dog is slowly convincing John that he is the best dog ever – a mission which proves successful, although you won’t see the outcome in the clip. Get your disco shoes on.

Today is your last chance to enter our David Attenborough competition. For the effort of one minute you can win 200 minutes of educational entertainment. Check it out here.