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Hi there. I am a presently Massachusetts girl but actually grew up in Vt. I am a DVM/Ph.D at Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. I am in my 2nd year here but did the undergrad program that allowed me to enter the vet school after 2 years - it is a combination program as well. My aim is to eventually have my own or share a clinic for cats only but I love all animals. I do have a very special place for kitties though.

I have one cat of my own - a one year old blue Siamese named Susie. She was a kitten someone brought in to the clinic where I work part time and even though I am student and was unsure about having time for a pet, I adopted her and so far, all is well. I cannot imagine my life without her.

I am unattached - no guy in my life and Susie gets to judge all my dates before I go out with them so she is the ultimate decision maker. So, guys who dislike cats need not apply. Not that I have time to look to be honest. I am too busy studying, working, spending quality time with Susie.

I grew up in the Burlington, VT area so am a true blue Yankee. (though I am told our ancestors probably came to Ellis Island from Europe and somehow or other made their way to Vermont.). I am close to my mom who is a great mentor - she teaches nursing at the Univ of Vt. and met my dad at Children's Hospital in Boston. (He was doing an internship[ in pediatrics.) He also teaches at U of V but his main love is to teach pediatrics. My older sister is also a doctor but my younger brother is a techie who now lives in North Carolina so we are the odd persons out in our family - I love animals and hope to remain in this area and accomplish my goals. There are so many clinics here though that it is hard to see.

I can't wait to graduate so I can afford to have more cats and start living like a real person - it seems like I have been in school forever and I am anxious to be done with it- though I know once done, I will have to keep learning new developments. Oh, I also love to write fiction, especially about kitties.

I look forward to meeting you all.
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Welcome to TCS!
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Hi and welcome from another Massachusetts member! (I'm a native Salemite.)
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Thread Starter 
Hi and thanks so much for the welcome. If asked about my computer knowledge, I would have replied good. Then I got booted out of this site somehow- I think I registered and then did some little thing not quite correct like I activated but copying and pasting the url but did not use the number that came with it. Then I - in a hurry and not certain- managed to lock myself out, lol So, I clicked to retrieve my name and password. And I have returned, lol

So, one should never assume one knows anything, Especailly me anyway! You all will have to help me navigate this site if you please. Thanks again!
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Hello Siobhan! Welcome to you and Susie! It's always nice to see another Mass. member!
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Welcome to TSC!!!
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Welcome to TheCatSite Siobhan
I am so glad that you and Susie have joined our wonderful community of caring people who love and respect cats. As you learn your way around our site, if you have questions, I would be happy to help you. Feel free to contact me by clicking on my user name, then send a Private Message.
I will get back to you asap.

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Welcome to TCS. Those pictures of the kittens you posted are adorable.
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Hello & welcome to tcs. Your not the only one to have trouble with computers. My son says I should do a course, but I have trouble remembering anything. Anyway, love to see pics of Susie.
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Hello and Welcome to TCS....
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Hi! Welcome to our little kitty loving family!
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Hello, and welcome to the best cat site around!

We have a lot of support and advice to give here. We also have a game called KatKwiz designed for newcomers just like yourself, which teaches you things about The Cat Site and also allows you to win lots of points. Just click on the here link below to learn more. Glad you decided to join us!
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Welcome from Southeastern Massachusetts!
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Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
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Hello, my name is John, welcome to the site
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Hello and welcome to TCS! We can't wait to see pictures of your girl! I live in NH, but used to live and work in Boston....what an experience!
I am sure that you will enjoy your time here.
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Welcome to TCS! We are going to need a picture of your kitty
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Hi and Welcome
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Hi! Welcome to TCS!! Glad you could join us here!!
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Hello and welcome to The Cat Site!!
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Hi and welcome to TCS! We are so glad you have joined us!

If I can help you with any questions you have about the site, please click on my username and send me a message.
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Hi and Welcome! I was born in Worcester and lived in Shrewsbury until 4th grade. Now I am a Florida lady!
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Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and Susie to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions
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Hi Siobhan!
I don't get to post here very often but your post caught my eye.
I was born in Mass. and now live in the Burlington area of Vermont since I graduated from UVM. Since then I have gotten married and had three kids and now the oldest one is in high school and starting to look at colleges including UVM.
Your kitty Susie sounds cute. I love Siamese cats.
I have one black and white cat named Samantha who is almost 20 years old.
I just thought I would pop in and say hello and Welcome to The Cat Site.
post #28 of 32
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Thx so much for the warm welcomes!!!! How amazing VtCat that you went one way and I the other. I still love Burlington - love Winooski, especially a certain little mall out there but they keep changing it on me, lol I am sure your daughter would love UVM tho Vt has some great schools (My brother went to Green Mtn - wants to run a ski place some day and knowing Vt, he just might, lol) My mom has been complaining about the amt of snow this yr but my brother has gone home as much as he can this winter for obvious reasons.

I have been too busy - he does not seem to get how intense vet school and working can be!! But Susie keeps me grounded! I will find some pictures and scan them or get a digital camera- would you believe I still have to buy one, lol. I know, get with the program....Maybe can borrow one from work or school. Or take some money from my savings and buy one but I am trying to graduate without too much money owing and that is not the easiest. But IO wil get pix of my baby to you asap!

Thank you all again! So many Ma people- how wonderful! I love this state but I love all of New England.
post #29 of 32
You can get pretty good used digital cameras at pawn shops. Anything from like 4 or 5 megapixels from a major name like Sony, Kodak, GE, something like that, would be perfectly OK.
post #30 of 32
Siobhan, sorry it took me a while to reply.
Actually it's my son who is looking at colleges, my daughter is younger and really into horses.
We have gone cross-country skiing this winter but we want to get back to warmer weather for horseback riding this spring.
I do have a niece who's at BU this year. College is a lot of work and a lot of money too.
Not too much longer and you will be finished with college, do you plan to stay in the Boston area or come back to Vermont sometime?
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