Pups raised as guide dogs for the blind, service dogs for veterans with disabilities, PTSD

When Sunshine wears her blue jacket, she’s on the job as a Southeastern Guide Dogs puppy-in-training. Even if she’s just sitting quietly while her “puppy raiser,” Nancy Whittemore, is working at her volunteer job as Daystar Life Center’s pantry manager, she’s at work. At 18 months old, she will return to the SEGD school campus […]

Pets, Pets, Pets

A therapy animal can provide comfort and affection to a person who has a disability or serious illness. While most therapy pets are dogs, recent studies suggest cats may help increase empathy while decreasing anxiety for children with autism. 2021 Study: Cats help calm children with autism, according to new research from the University of Missouri. […]

Addressing Stress and Anxiety Treatment Through Pet Therapy

Pet therapy is becoming increasingly popular in medicine. This sort of treatment aids patients in recovering from a variety of health issues. Animal-assisted therapy is another popular name for it. An organized contact between a human and an animal is created in this type of treatment. The handlers are also involved in the engagement. Typically, the […]

The power of pets

The use of therapy animals has become less stigmatized over the years, and can be seen more and more often in hospitals, schools, and even colleges. Community Hospice & Palliative Care, an innovative national leader in palliative and hospice care that was established in 1979, has taken a forefront on the use of therapy animals […]

Dogs are helping calm some nervous NJ residents getting vaccines

Living through the COVID pandemic has produced a great deal of stress and anxiety for many New Jersey residents. One group is offering a special kind of help at New Jersey’s vaccine mega site in Edison. Michael Litterer, the director of prevention and recovery at the RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery, said through […]

Veterinarians ready to serve pets of military community

After a nine-month hiatus, the Redstone Arsenal Veterinary Treatment Facility is open, and the staff is working to get the word out and let people know. “We’re back. We’re up and running and we’ve got our staffing going, and we are excited to serve the community and help out the retirees and active duty personnel,” […]

All dogs are ‘therapy dogs’

Most researchers believe dogs are sensitive to our behaviors, body language and emotions. Many times, these four-legged therapists offer comfort when we need them the most. A few weeks ago, I was cleaning out our 7-year-old Lab Teddy’s toy basket, and when I pulled out seven tug-of-war toys I immediately slumped, then sighed and fought […]

Local volunteers taking therapy dogs to Boulder to provide comfort to community

COLORADO SPRINGS — Handling the tragedy of Monday’s mass shooting in Boulder can be hard for many, but a locally-founded group is hoping to provide comfort for the community one pet at a time. Go Team Therapy, Crisis and Airport dogs and their handlers have been making trips to Boulder after the deadly shooting that […]

Therapy Dogs at Forest Glen Middle Bring More than Comfort to Students and Teachers

Each day over the last three years, the peer counseling teacher at Forest Glen Middle School has brought two of man’s best friends into the workplace. Great Danes Brutus and Bodhi are staples at the school, and owner Shawna Meyer said even Principal Forsman likes to check in with them now and then. The dogs, part of […]

Beloved canine moves on after helping hospital staff through a year of the pandemic

(CNN) — Staff members at a Denver hospital have said a sad goodbye to Wynn, their canine companion for nearly two years and a presence during the Covid-19 pandemic that proved especially helpful. Wynn, a Labrador mix that’s going to become a service dog, walked out of the Rose Medical Center for the last time […]