Golden Retrievers Sent to Comfort Newtown, CT Survivors

goldensnewtonBaxterBoo friends understand the comfort that a pet can bring through times of difficulty and times of joy, so learning about a team of Golden Retrievers making the 800-mile trip from Chicago to assist in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting is a bright spot in this horrible tragedy. Continue reading

Meet the Breed: The Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular breeds, known for its friendly, outgoing attitude and intelligence. Only the Labrador Retriever has more registrations. This beautiful, sturdy dog gets rave reviews for being the ideal family, service, and working dog.

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Pawsitive Program Lets Teen Train Guide Dog

For those concerned about the self absorption of the average suburban teen, my coworker that works with girls as a volleyball coach confirms that sometimes it’s tough working with today’s  young people that are sometimes over indulged. But she was happy to share this story of a young woman in their volleyball program, Melissa Petrick, a Junior in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Melissa’s  constant companion is Flynn, an attentive, handsome boy that came from a good family, that any mother would approve of. He’s so adorable that Melissa’s classmates might be a little jealous, especially since the normal school rules of PDA (Public Display of Affection) have been waived in their relationship. Continue reading

Feline Fridays: Cats Make a Difference for Seattle Teen Cancer Patient

Seattle’s Children’s Hospital went the extra mile for 16-year-old Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem, who spent 11 months in the hospital while waiting for a compatible bone marrow donor. Because of her suppressed immune function, she was unable to have the comfort of her beloved cat Merry, so the hospital social media coordinator suggested making a post on their Facebook homepage requesting cat photos to encourage their young charge. Continue reading

Pets in the Classroom: A Positive Learning Experience for Life

Having a pet at home is beneficial for children to learn responsibility, helps teach about caring for the needs of another being, and is a morale booster. This same thing can occur in the classroom. In fact, having pets in the classroom can be an attendence booster, increase a love of learning, and be a stress reliever. I carry these lessons and benefits with me to this day! Continue reading