Entries by Marie Gilmore

Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara Continues to Serve in COVID Times

With a motto of “Happiness has four legs and a purple bandana,” Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara not only spreads happiness but also transforms lives, according to Founder and Executive Director Karen Lee Stevens. While COVID has prevented hands-on experiences, Stevens and her dedicated volunteers are finding creative ways to serve the community during this […]

Puppies are a powerful positive influence through pandemic

Nearly all dog owners – 92 percent – responding to a recent survey by Rover.com said their dogs have had a positive impact on their mental during the coronavirus pandemic. About 73 percent of the 1,000 U.S. dog owners contacted in the survey viewed going for walks with their dogs as the leading canine-related activity […]

Dog has pawsitive impact on middle school

WESTBROOK — Westbrook Middle School has a new furry friend, a therapy dog named Finn, who has made an impact on students’ mental health, according to school officials. The 7-month-old chocolate Labrador retriever who loves belly scratches started work in the school in May alongside both trainer and owner Laurie Wood, the school principal. Spending […]

Survey Says We Could Not Survive This Pandemic Without Pets

Many other pet owners seem to agree. A recent survey conducted on behalf of Zoetis Petcare has found that 72 percent of pet owners believe they would not be getting through this mess without their pet(s). The survey was done with dog and cat owners specifically, but I’m sure fish, birds, reptiles and livestock have […]

Pets boosting morale during coronavirus pandemic, study says

FOX NEWS – All the time spent together with pets has 7 in 10 pet owners feeling like they actually know their pet a lot better since the pandemic began, according to new research. Many have noticed some behavioral changes, too — 6 in 10 respondents, to be exact, said they’ve noticed their pet acting […]

USDA and Maine CDC team up to distribute rabies vaccines in the wild

AUGUSTA, Maine — Oral rabies vaccine baits will be distributed in northeastern Maine beginning on or about Aug. 3 through Aug. 7 as part of ongoing, cooperative rabies control efforts aimed at reducing the spread of raccoon rabies in Maine. Approximately 385,000 ORV baits targeting raccoons will be distributed by air and ground over a […]

Amazing benefits to seniors having pets

Pets bring much joy to the lives they touch. So it should come as no surprise that the 2019-20 National Pet Owners Survey, which was conducted by the American Pet Products Association, found that about 85 million families in the United States own a pet. In Canada, 7.5 million households are home to companion animals, […]