Facts About the Incredible Human-Animal Bond

Do you ever notice how fulfilled you feel when you spend time with your pet? How your pet can inspire joy while also somehow helping you feel less stressed? Or maybe you are thinking of getting a pet hoping for companionship, affection and love? These and many more positives are the result of the pet […]

Good Girl: UWG Graduate’s Service Dog Receives Honorary ‘Dog-ree’

When Maggie Leptrone, a nursing student at the University of West Georgia, walked across the stage at Commencement Saturday morning, she wasn’t alone. Mona, her Diabetic Alert Dog, fetched herself a diploma, too. Mona, a Labradoodle, became the first canine companion in UWG history to receive an honorary “dog-ree” during in-person Commencement ceremonies that honored […]

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 […]

Idaho Fish and Game uses specially trained K9s to investigate wildlife crimes

The dog days of summer may be over, but for six-year-old black lab Dexter— one of Idaho Fish and Game’s K-9s — that suits him just fine. Fall brings on one of the busiest and most exciting times of year for this eager sleuth and his partner, District Conservation Officer Tim Klucken of Pocatello, as […]

Pets linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness during lockdown, new research shows

Sharing a home with a pet appeared to act as a buffer against psychological stress during lockdown, a new survey shows. Most people who took part in the research perceived their pets to be a source of considerable support during the lockdown period. (23 March—1 June, 2020) The study—from the University of York and the […]

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 […]

Dog Lovers Connect and Find Pup-Approved Love

If you’re looking for someone who loves dogs just as much as you, look no further than the new dog-lover dating app, Dig. The app, created by sisters Leigh and Casey Isaacson, was created for people who “live a dog-forward lifestyle” and want to romantically connect with someone of a similar mindset. Read more at People.com […]