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Animals Know What We Need

January 23rd, 2014
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Animals Know What We Need – Positive Mirroring: Teaser from My Animal My Self: A Breakthrough Way to Understand How You and Your Animal Reflect Each Other by Marta Williams Because they are always tuned in to us, our animals are keenly aware of what we need, and if they can help us, they will. When they do this to their detriment, we need to find some way to balance ...

Bite This Book

January 10th, 2014
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Bite This Book by Lony Ruhmann Reviewed by Carol M. Upton “My bones hurt me, But in my head I can see myself running, And I am free.” ~ I Am Free (by Juve) Lony Ruhmann is one of those rare people who decided to nurse an adopted pup with distemper back from the brink. Lony’s first dog, Juve, was that pup. Many people would have given up in the face of ...

Old dog, new owner: Shelters encourage adoption of older dogs

August 20th, 2013
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Sunny was 16 when she was left at an animal shelter by the family she had lived with all her life. The 75-pound bulldog-pit bull mix had cancer and infected eyes, and shelter workers figured the family probably couldn't handle medical costs. "She was so sad and depressed, lethargic, sick looking. She wouldn't even lift her head for a treat," said photographer Lori Fusaro, who was ...

The Possibility Dogs (a book review)

June 20th, 2013
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This wonderful book, The Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of Unadoptables Taught Me About Service, Hope, & Healing by Susannah Charleson, author of the bestseller, Scent of the Missing, is an insightful and compelling story about the author’s experience rescuing abandoned dogs and training them to become psychiatric service dogs. Unlike assistance dogs, who help those with “visible” disabilities, psychiatric service dogs work beside those with ...

Dogs are smarter than you think, and here’s proof

February 9th, 2013
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Brian Hare, founder of Duke University's Canine Cognition Center, which researches the intelligence of dogs, knows his way around Fido's brain. Now he's sharing what your dog might be thinking about you in The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think (Dutton), co-written with his wife, Vanessa Woods. USA TODAY's Craig Wilson was eager to ask him some questions. Q: My dog Maggie, ...