Therapy Dogs

Therapy Dogs

Rescue Turnabout

"It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn't it?" Eleanor H. Porter, from Pollyanna

Riley came to Ruth Andrick through Cavalier Rescue of Florida five years ago, in need of the love and attention that many of our rescue dogs do. In six months, Tanner would join them, sickly but saved from a shelter. Later, April, a scared puppy mill momma rounded out the clan.

Yet this is not about rescued dogs merely finding a new life and healing with a loving family, for that is only where this story starts. Riley, now 13, Tanner, eight, and April, four, have returned the favor by becoming certified AKC Therapy Dogs.

A Therapy Dog is not to be confused with Service Dogs, the esteemed canine partners that are specially trained to see for the blind, assist the disabled, or recognize medical conditions like an impending seizure or changes in insulin levels. Therapy dogs are the canine equivalent of mental health professionals, providing comfort, emotional support, and healing . . . Read More

ABCs of GMOs

ABCs of GMOs

Genetically Modified need-to-knows

If you were going to be part of a huge science experiment, you might like to know about it. At least that's our guess. And that is the bottom line in our review; you're probably eating Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) every day, don't know it, and exactly what the health effects might be, frankly, nobody really knows. There have not been enough GMO studies, but extremely disturbing facts have arisen from the ones we have . . . Read More

Being Well

Doggie Style

By Gabriel the Dog. It may be news in itself that a dog gets an opportunity to have a voice in a publication, but I worked hard for it. No one spends more time with the publisher than I do. I lie around, under his desk most of the day. You wouldn't believe the conversations I'm part of. Sure, most of my lobbying is to head out for another walk, go play, or maybe have a treat. But I have my moments of brilliance, too. And eventually he realized . . . Read More

Hypnosis and Children

conquering the boogeyman

Monsters under the bed. Hard math problems. Strange green things on the dinner plate. These are just a sampling of things that may strike fear into the hearts of little ones, even while they are some of the most intelligent, funny, and rambunctious people we know.

Certain fears are healthy. We want our children to stay a good distance from the fire pit. Remembering to look both ways before crossing the street is a way to stay safe. However, when a child . . . Read More

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