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Flora and Fauna: Visit to the Vet; Some More Cahuenga Plants

I had one of those Saturdays where I was seemingly anywhere and everywhere; it began at the Pasadena Hilton where I sand the U.S. and Philippine national anthems for the Filipino martial arts tournament event at the Pacific Media Expo and ended in the Valley where I caught the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito fight (Woo-hoo, Pac-Man!) at Mad Bull’s Tavern in Sherman Oaks.

Somewhere in between, it was a day spent taking care of flora and fauna. After the PMX event, I took my 12-year old black labrador/dalmatian mix Manjula to Veterinary Medical Center in Studio City to have her uncomfortably large mammary tumors examined for a likely surgical removal.

She’s not used going to the vet (aside from getting her annual shots) or riding in the car, but she was a good sport. I normally take her to Ambassador Pet Hospital, just over a mile’s walk away in the Koreatown area, but my church choir director referred me to his old high school friend Dr. Steve Aboulafia. He seemed to really know his stuff, and the cards and notes the office has on display seemed to indicate that he’s a very well-admired vet. She got some blood tests to find out whether her tumors were benign or malignant.

After taking Manjula home, I went back to the Cahuenga Library to plant some of the natives we didn’t get to add to the gardens last week. There was a slightly-wilting Cleveland sage I wanted to save, and also added a Brandegee’s sage and a Hummingbird sage to the shaded area under the pepper tree just to the right of the front entrance of the library:

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