This and That Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: This and That

Reflections on a painful year

Thursday, Dec 17th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Rockey and Valdie

In just a few weeks, our world has turned upside down. As those who follow me on social media already know, we lost Teresa’s beloved older brother, Rockey, to COVID, and I nursed her 95-year-old mother, Valdie, through the same disease. Rockey was developmentally delayed and while he was 72 years old, he had the […]

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Taking some time to unplug

Sunday, Aug 23rd, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Every year, our family takes a two-week vacation at a nearby lake. I usually fly home late the night before, worn out from my nonstop travel schedule (some years I’ve spent more than 300 days on the road). Not this year. The global pandemic has kept me home since March, with our activities severely curtailed […]

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5 tips to prepare your cat or dog for a new baby

Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Baby with cat

Some people think we’ll see a lot of “quarantine babies,” conceived during the COVID pandemic when most people were stuck at home. True or not, it’s a good idea for all prospective parents or grandparents to get their pets ready for the new arrival. Here are my five top tips for success. 1. You really […]

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Welcome Revee to Almost Heaven Ranch

Thursday, May 28th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Since moving to Almost Heaven Ranch, our daughter Mikkel’s very social Quarter Horse, Chili, was very lonesome. Our older horse, Pegasus, had died, and Teresa’s horse, Angel, is temporarily at the local barn where Teresa rides and trains.  Chili constantly sought human contact, following us everywhere, and was restless and lethargic. Teresa has been quietly […]

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When pets get more love than partners

Thursday, Apr 16th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

The global pandemic has turned our world upside down. The nation imposed travel restrictions, some states are on lockdown, our cities and towns are reeling, many neighborhoods seem like tumbleweeds should be blowing past boarded-up windows, and our workplaces and homes have dramatically changed almost overnight. Despite shifting sands, there are some bedrock-solid things that […]

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