Entries by Marie Gilmore

Healing hooves: Equine therapy raises spirits of Veterans

Ranger and Dare are in the therapy business. Like many of their peers, they spend their days working with kids, people with disabilities and Veterans… when not eating grass and alfalfa. Ranger and Dare are American miniature horses for a North Texas non-profit that brings equine therapy to those who cannot travel to their home […]

What golden retrievers are teaching us about cancer

In September, Sara Fritz lost her six-year-old golden retriever, Emma, to an especially aggressive cancer called hemangiosarcoma. As a pet parent, she was heartbroken. As a practicing veterinary oncologist, she was frustrated. More than 60 percent of golden retrievers will develop cancer in their lifetimes, compared to about 25 percent of other breeds. “All dogs can develop […]

How one rabid kitten triggered intensive effort to contain deadly virus

At first, Madeline Wahl thought her new kitten was having a bad reaction to medication for ringworm. After each dose, he would shake his head and flail his legs. She and her husband, Rich, had brought the kitten to their house in a historic neighborhood in Omaha after a friend found the stray meowing in her driveway. […]

Equine-assisted therapy and therapeutic riding embraces the magic of human-horse bonds

The healing qualities of animal companionship are hard to deny. From veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to people who have seizures, all kinds of people can get help from animals to cope with different mental and physical issues. Emotional support dogs are a familiar concept to many, but medical professionals are also starting to […]

Three-Legged Therapy Dog Brings Hope to Children With Limb Differences at Kentucky Hospital

A three-legged therapy dog is bringing hope to kids with limb differences at Shriners Children’s Lexington in Kentucky. According to People, the rescue dog visits kids in the hospital and helps them feel more confident in their bodies. Wounded pup gets second chance No one would’ve predicted that Chance would become a therapy dog. He was found with a […]

Canine friends help kids’ health, especially in the hospital

Few parents would question the benefits a dog brings to their child’s life. Exercise, a sense of responsibility, empathy, reduced anxiety and compassion are among just a few. Now, the healing benefits of a furry friend is evident with the increasing number of hospital dogs throughout the country — dogs that put in their eight-hour […]

Here’s Why Your Dog Will Make You Healthier

Need a reason to love your dog more than you already do? How about these 5 health benefits? Anyone who has ever owned a dog is likely to agree that life is simply better when you have a furry companion by your side. Man’s (or woman’s) best friend offers unconditional love. They are a devoted […]

A bundle of fluff when you’re feeling ruff

Pet therapy animals bring comfort to children and adults in the hospital. They can help lower blood pressure, pain levels and the feeling of loneliness. Photos courtesy of Pet Partners A visit with a furry four-legged friend is a dream of many. The power of pet companionship extends above and beyond long walks, countless games […]

Petting other people’s dogs, even briefly, can boost your health

What’s four-legged, furry, and often serves up a quick little mood boost? That’s right, a dog. It turns out even short, friendly interactions with canines can be good for our health. I started pondering the power of dogs during one of my daily strolls around my neighborhood. Almost invariably, I’ll run into at least one […]