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Pet Corner – Animals make difference in peoples lives


Animals can make all the difference for an individual living with a disability. There are certified trained service dogs that guide the blind; bring out-of-reach objects to individuals in wheelchairs; and some intuitive service dogs can detect and warn an epileptic of a seizure, minutes before it actually occurs. But even pets without special training can help individuals suffering from conditions such as depression, dementia, multiple sclerosis, cancer, stroke, heart disease and other debilitating circumstances.

Martha, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, depression and anxiety, reports that just brushing or petting her cat, Jingles, calms her and seems to take away her stress and her worries about the future. Jingles takes her mind off her problems, at least for a while. Actually scientists have found that handling pets can lower ones’ blood

Pets are also important because they have needs. They must be fed, groomed and in the case of dogs, they need to be walked. This makes having pets a way for the owner to get out in the fresh air and meet people. Mark, who is a stroke survivor says his dog, Rex, gets him out and meeting people even with his speech, which was impacted by the stoke. Mark explains, my dog makes it easier to talk to people. They focus on Rex rather than my difficulties with words.

In addition, pets are helpful in that they expect a routine. They are creatures of habit. They know when it is time to eat and when it is time to sleep. As a result, they can be a predictable feature in their owner’s life when so much else has become topsy-turvy with the disruption of an illness. Further, any pet owner will tell you that his or her pet makes a great listener, one who doesn’t judge and asks for little more than food, warmth, and some play and affection in return.

Today, the better nursing homes are aware of the benefits of having visiting and resident animals on the premises. Some floors have a cat that is free to roam and others welcome regular visits from licensed therapy dogs. Many of the elderly miss having a cat or dog of their own, and when they can hold or see animals in the nursing home, they can reminisce about a lifetime of animals they once loved and for which they dearly cared. When Douglas’s father was seriously ill in a nursing home, the resident cat would not leave his side until he passed. Apparently this was not the first time this same cat was drawn to the side of a dying resident.

Friends of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter  – 

Wounded Soldiers, shelter dogs help each other



WASHGINTON (Army News Service, March 4, 2008) – It’s a win-win situation for wounded and sick Soldiers recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and homeless dogs waiting for adoption at the Washington Humane Society.

Soldiers take classes in animal behavior and practice training dogs twice a week at the Humane Society. The dogs get training that makes them more adoptable and some much-needed attention.

The Soldiers get out of the hospital with something to take their minds off their treatments or medical boards. They get exercise, affection and some positive re-enforcement.

Read the complete article at Home Page of the U. S. Army.

CPR For Your Pet

Memorialize Your Pets

The ABCs of CPR refer to airway, breathing and circulation.

The first step when coming upon a pet who appears to be in trouble is to shake it to make sure it isn’t in a deep sleep. Then look in the mouth and remove any foreign objects that could be blocking the airway.

If the animal doesn’t appear to be breathing, place it on its right side and move to the front of the pet.

For a cat or small dog, cup your hands over its lips and breathe over its nose. For large dogs, cup your hands completely around the muzzle so air doesn’t escape and then breathe over the nose.

While the animal is still on its right side, lift the knee back to the chest where it meets the third to fifth rib space. Reposition the leg and place your hand over that area. Place the other hand under the chest. For smaller pets you can cup one hand and squeeze. For all animals the chest should be compressed about 30 percent.

Large dogs require 80 to 100 compressions per minute and small pets need more, about 100 to 120 compressions per minute. You should give two breaths for every 12 chest compressions.

Something may be lodged in your pet’s throat if you breath into the nose and the chest doesn’t expand. At this point, the Heimlich maneuver can be applied. The animal’s head should be down with its back against your chest while you give five swift squeezes over the abdomen to force the object out.

A Guide to Buying a Pet Urn (Part 2)

Choosing a Pet Urn

 - When choosing a pet urn, one important aspect is style. You’ll want to decide on a pet urn that will reflect your pet’s personality and meaning in your life.

- Ask yourself: What is the thing I will remember most? Do I want something formal? Playful? Heartwarming?

- Deciding on material and style is governed in part by where you plan to place the urn. Will you place the pet urn indoors? Outdoors? Prominently? Discreetly?





Courtesy of Ezine Article

A Guide to Buying a Pet Urn (Part 1)

Our pets are members of our family. They love us, they comfort us, they make us laugh. Anyone who has lost a beloved pet knows that it’s a painful time. If you have lost your pet recently, or if you want to plan and prepare for that time, this article will help you. Here are some tips for avoiding mistakes, choosing a pet urn, purchasing an urn, and deciding on a display location.

Avoiding Mistakes

– Pet urns should be tamper-resistant. Don’t purchase a pet urn that can be easily opened, especially if you will be placing it outdoors.
– Make sure that the material used is good quality and will stand the test of time. Stone, iron, or hardwoods are best.
– Don’t overpay. Some pet memorial websites offer urns that cost up to $4,500. Although your pet is priceless, you don’t need to spend an exorbitant sum to respectfully memorialize him or her. Affordable options exist.

Courtesy of Ezine Article


True Story

She is pregnant.  He had just saved her from a fire in her house, rescuing her by carrying her out of the house into her front yard; he then continued to fight the fire.


When he finally got done putting the fire out, he sat down to catch his breath and rest.


A photographer from the Charlotte, North Carolina news-paper, noticed her in the distance looking at the fireman. He saw her walking straight toward the firefighter and wondered what she was going to do.


As he raised his camera, she came up to the tired man who had just saved her life and the lives of her babies and kissed him just as the photographer snapped this photograph.


And some people say animals are dumb!



Pet Adoptions are Up

Economy gives pets new leash on life

There’s nothing like four furry paws and a wagging tail to meet you at the door after a hard day – especially with the economy in turmoil. “It’s like having a friend that doesn’t judge you,” my friend said. “If you have a bad day, they’re always there.” What a fantastic reason to honor our pets now with some pet photo memorials.

Pets are Furry therapists

Those in the pet therapy field see the comforting effects of animals every day. In fact, research shows having a pet helps reduce blood pressure and relieve anxiety according to the director of the Southern Comforters Chapter of Therapy Dogs International in Charlotte, WV. Dogs have worked their magic on stroke victims, emotionally disturbed children – even patients in psychiatric wards. It just makes sense that we would turn to pets in uncertain times.

Pets vs. vacations

What has changed since the economy soured is that more people are saying they’re giving up expensive vacations to stay home and get a dog instead. That’s what happened to one employee who works in Wachovia’s IT department. With the future of her company looking gloomy, she decided not to take a winter ski vacation and instead bought a yellow Lab. “No matter how bad the news gets,” she said, “when you come home and see that tail and that face so happy to see you, that’s really what’s important.”