Perhaps you’ve been aware of the studies that show how pets reduce blood pressure and are good for your health, but an Israeli study done last year reveals that a positive relationship with your pet inspires confidence as well as lowering stress and its physical symptoms. These benefits only apply, however, if the animal is viewed favorably. If the animal is considered to be a nuisance; well, let’s just say you’d better find some love in your heart for your furry friends! Continue reading
I went to a mall yesterday with a friend to beat the heat, but before we made it inside, my friend and I heard a crying dog in the parking lot. We were able to find the car by the whimpering sounds and the telltale cracked windows. Pretty soon we were joined by an elderly woman and her older mother hobbling along with a cane who also heard the cries. Though the oldest woman looked frail, she didn’t hesitate to state that she was ready to string someone up for leaving the precious dog in the heat. And I believe she would have too! Don’t mess with a mad 90+ grandma on the war path! Continue reading
Usually I prefer to keep Feline Fridays upbeat, but with the recent news release about a search and rescue operation in which 113 dead kittens and 51 live adult cats were found housed in horrible conditions, it was clear that the issue of animal hoarding needs to be addressed. This particular story is from Seaside, California, but a similar story just came out of Kansas City, Missouri which gives better insight into how the desire to love and nurture can turn into an unhealthy situation that affects the cats, people, and whole communities. Continue reading
Have you ever felt overwhelmed about the needs of this world, and wondered how you could make a difference? Many of us have learned to cope by sealing our hearts up against the hurts we see, believing that we are unable to make much of a difference as just one person. Continue reading
There are now over 1,800 reports of dogs being sickened and even dying from chicken jerky treats made in China due to kidney failure. The FDA finally released their test results after msnbc.com reported that they were denied the requested information. Without confirmed contaminants, however, the FDA is unable to force a recall. There have been three federal warnings regarding possible safety issues since 2007 with the Chinese-made treats. Continue reading
Okay, it’s an old joke. And this isn’t really a bar, but these guys all seem to be hanging out as friends on the porch, like they could be having a barbecue or something. This is up in Alaska, so the weather may not be exactly conducive to barbecuing, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping these guys from socializing. I’m actually going to be headed up to Alaska in a couple of weeks! Continue reading
It’s not something I want to think about just yet, but our beloved dogs are getting older, and I know that we are going to have to face the loss of a pet sooner or later. And I’m going to have to navigate this emotional event not only for myself, but also with my children who’ve had our dogs as companions since they were very young.
It is not uncommon for people to bond deeply with their pets as they are often considered to be full members of the family these days. If the pet has been a comfort through a difficult life experience, that bond can be significant, which can make a loss of that animal very tough. Continue reading