Suicide Awareness: Dr. Sophia Yin »

mooseings:

A few months ago, veterinarian Dr. Shirley Koshi died by suicide.  

Just a few days ago, we learned that Dr. Sophia Yin took her life.

The founders of VetGirl, Dr. Justine Lee and Dr. Garret Pachtinger are deeply upset about the growing concern of suicide in veterinary medicine.

The question remains, why is veterinary medicine so “predisposed” to suicide?

People with mental illness or suicidal thoughts frequently suffer more than they have to because they are afraid to speak up.   That has to stop.  Nobody should have to suffer or die for fear of speaking out.  There is nothing shameful about mental illness or suicide.

VetGirl wanted to make our recent webinar on suicide awareness available, free for everyone. This is a growing concern in veterinary medicine and we should not be afraid to talk about this concern.

Originally aired on May 21, 2014, this VetGirl webinar, “Suicide awareness in veterinary medicine: Should we be alarmed?” (given byJeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW) reviewed the prevalence of suicide in the veterinary profession in order to raise awareness of this sensitive topic and empower attendees to prevent suicide within our ranks.

If this webinar helps just one person in our community, it is worth it.

Dr. Sophia Yin, Dr. Shirley Koshi, and all the other friends, colleagues, and family members lost as a result of suicide, you will be missed.

Anyone who works in the veterinary or medical professions should really watch this webinar. Anyone who has contemplated or attempted suicide would also benefit from this too. Please signal boost.

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nipplescreams:

Macleod: Four year old golden retriever extraordinaire, working on his schutzhund skills.  

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EO2010 Liberec SLOW MOTION VIDEO “Nothing like the rain” PART 6/6 EXTREM…

Always think this is worth an occasional re-watch, since it serves as a extreme reminder of both the competitiveness of people, and the athleticism of dogs, when faced with totally unacceptable ground conditions.

Dog Agility has come a long way since 2010. These conditions were unsafe at the time, but some people were still prepared to compete. I don’t think many would now.

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doggydayjob:

noisydogbarks:

doggydayjob:

And of course after that last post, I got a reply from the breeder. The puppy has a home, and she feels a sports bred BC would be a better fit for my lifestyle than a working BC. She recommended a BC/Aussie breeder in NH who does sports and farm work, so I’m going to look them up and noodle out my next move. I really want to avoid sport lines in general (I don’t like how they tend to be bred for speed without caution), but I don’t want a dog who can’t handle city life. Maybe I should look for a different breed. I was looking a Koolies a while back. The Koolie breeder in Ontario looks terrible, but there’s another on the west coast that looks promising…. Maybe a terrier would be a good mix for Maulkin; someone fearless to bolster his courage. But then I’d have to live with a terrier for 15+ years, and I’m not sure I’m up for that. I’ve also been considering a Malinois or Tervuren, but it may be impossible to find a dog from a breeder I actually like. (And I’m not sure how Maulkin would handle such a bitey breed. He’s not very physical in play.)

Anyone have suggestions for a drivey, thinking breed that’s not spooky about strangers and noises? (And isn’t a poodle or PWD.)

Aw man, that’s sad. :( I don’t think much to many sport bred BCs either, and I was looking forward to seeing your new pup!

Have you thought about the gundog breeds at all? Not sure what is really on offer in the US, or if they’re your cup of tea even, but real working-bred Labs are amazing. Very high drive, very intelligent, and as bombproof as you can get. A lot of agility people I know shy away from Labs and the like, but they’re getting pretty popular in flyball and I see a lot of Goldies in obedience. They’re all from working gundog breeders though.

I’d personally stay away from anything Shepherd-y (Belgian or otherwise) since it is so hard to find one with a solid temperament (that is balanced with all other points).

Yeah, it’s actually pretty devastating. I’m taking it harder than I thought to be honest. Not not getting the puppy, but being rejected by the breeder. I chose her because she has the best rearing program and produces very stable dogs. I completely understand her concerns. It still feels like being called incompetent by someone you really respect even though that’s totally not what’s going on at all. She was really fantastic about it, and I really am glad she’s making the right decision for her dogs and for me in the long run. Clearly it was not an easy decision to reach, since we’ve been talking for months about this. She obviously think I’d be a good home overall or she wouldn’t take the time to recommend other, more suitable breeders. So this is really all a very good thing, but it’s still hard.

Yeah, goldens are huge in obedience around here, but they’re TOO obedient for my taste. And I really don’t like the personality of labs overall, though I’ve met some gorgeous working line labs that I would love the opportunity to work. There’s just such a difference between working and living with a dog; it’s hard to balance both sides.

I feel that way about the shepherds, too. I’ve met some really gorgeous ones, but all the Belgians have been fearful. It could be because they’ve all be raised very heavy-handedly, but I’m sure some of it is also temperament. I don’t think I’m thick-skinned enough to be even on the fringes of shepherd society, anyway; there are very few shepherd people I can be around without conflicting.

I feel for you! On the one hand, it’s good that the breeder is really considering all aspects for her pups and she obviously values you as a potential home, but then … it really is disappointing to know that you aren’t getting a puppy from someone who you respect and has the same standards as you.

Labradors and Goldies do have a very specific working style, but how about some of the other gundog breeds? I saw someone else suggest Viszlas (super dogs, and temperaments are improving a lot), or something like a Munsterlander? I really like the size/structure of Munsterlanders, and they usually have great temperaments and drive. I’d suggest something like Field Spaniels and working English Cockers, but they’re spaniels and spaniels are a bit busybusy for me(!).

Going in a completely different direction, but is something like a German Pinscher too … guardy? I have to admit they’re not a breed I’m terribly familiar with, but the odd few I’ve met have been very confident, savvy dogs (with tons of drive!). Manchester Terriers are built on similar lines and I like them a lot, but they always seem a bit too physically fragile to fit in with my bigger dogs.

I’ve never met a Shepherd yet who is well-balanced temperament wise. I know a few (ok, two) who aren’t nervy/plagued by anxiety, but they are incredibly rude/oblivious with other dogs. The balance just seems very hard to strike with Shepherds. And yes, there is definitely a certain attitude that seems to proliferate with Shepherd owners in dog sports.

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doggydayjob:

And of course after that last post, I got a reply from the breeder. The puppy has a home, and she feels a sports bred BC would be a better fit for my lifestyle than a working BC. She recommended a BC/Aussie breeder in NH who does sports and farm work, so I’m going to look them up and noodle out my next move. I really want to avoid sport lines in general (I don’t like how they tend to be bred for speed without caution), but I don’t want a dog who can’t handle city life. Maybe I should look for a different breed. I was looking a Koolies a while back. The Koolie breeder in Ontario looks terrible, but there’s another on the west coast that looks promising…. Maybe a terrier would be a good mix for Maulkin; someone fearless to bolster his courage. But then I’d have to live with a terrier for 15+ years, and I’m not sure I’m up for that. I’ve also been considering a Malinois or Tervuren, but it may be impossible to find a dog from a breeder I actually like. (And I’m not sure how Maulkin would handle such a bitey breed. He’s not very physical in play.)

Anyone have suggestions for a drivey, thinking breed that’s not spooky about strangers and noises? (And isn’t a poodle or PWD.)

Aw man, that’s sad. :( I don’t think much to many sport bred BCs either, and I was looking forward to seeing your new pup!

Have you thought about the gundog breeds at all? Not sure what is really on offer in the US, or if they’re your cup of tea even, but real working-bred Labs are amazing. Very high drive, very intelligent, and as bombproof as you can get. A lot of agility people I know shy away from Labs and the like, but they’re getting pretty popular in flyball and I see a lot of Goldies in obedience. They’re all from working gundog breeders though.

I’d personally stay away from anything Shepherd-y (Belgian or otherwise) since it is so hard to find one with a solid temperament (that is balanced with all other points).

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Dogs ACT State Agility Titles 2011 400 by vizwhip on Flickr.
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Gathered in by brownpoodle on Flickr.

Gathered in by brownpoodle on Flickr.

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crazydogagilitylady:

One of my favourite days! 

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