Therapy Dogs and the Elderly

by Kathy Green  •  October 02, 2012
Whether your elder is getting care in a hospital, nursing home, mental health centre or retirement home, therapy dogs can visit them. These dogs can do many things from lifting the elder's spirits to assisting with physical therapy. A dog may stay with a patient for as little as five minutes or as long as an hour, depending upon the patient's need. Therapy dogs can be of any size and breed from a large golden retriever to a tiny chihuahua. Temperament is key to being a good therapy dog. ...
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Loving Your Pet to Death

by Kathy Green  •  September 12, 2012
It is amazing in the human realm how emotions of all types are connected to food. Birthday and anniversary celebrations are often marked by cake, ice cream and other 'treats'. When we want to have a romantic dinner we plan our menu carefully, often cooking multiple courses of special food. When someone is facing hardship or is grieving we bring food to their home as a token of support. Unfortunately, this display of affection with food often spills over in our behaviour toward our pets. We...
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Children Need a Pet

by Kathy Green  •  September 04, 2012
Animal lovers are a different breed themselves. We love our animals and provide care for them in a way that those who have never had a close relationship with a pet can not understand. Indeed, they often believe that we are excessive in our spending and our affection. As an animal lover, I believe that, short of allergies, all children should grow up with a pet of some kind. This experience provides so many positive things for both younger and older children. They have the opportunity of le...
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Finding A Lost Pet

by Chanaka Konpiti  •  August 22, 2012
Losing your pet is a very traumatic experience because it feels like losing a member of your family. Luckily, with swift and thoughtful reactions on your part, this temporary upset does not have to be a permanent reality.
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Is Your Garden Pet Safe?

by Chanaka Konpiti  •  August 14, 2012
Our gardens and yards provide us a relaxing atmosphere from the hectic world that we live in. However, thousands of animals each year are affected by various chemicals present in insecticides, weed killers and pet toxic plants .
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Cats Are Better Pets Than Dogs

Cats Are Better Pets Than Dogs

by Kathy Green  •  July 05, 2012
Now before you start howling, calm yourself and listen to some facts. Catsare loving, constant and comforting. They are easy to care for, cheap to feed, and if given a clean and accessible litter pan, are very clean animals. They are creatures of habit and like routines, which is another plus for the owner. Cats do not tie you down like dogs. This is a huge plus! You can leave them for the weekend with water, kibble, and litter box with no worries. Moreover, for longer holiday their care b...
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