Category: human-animal bond

Service Dog Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

An eight-year-old Golden Retriever named Figo (pronounced “FEE-go”) is my new hero. Figo is a devoted service dog and he recently demonstrated his devotion by putting his life on the line for his human companion Audrey Stone who… Read More

Therapy Dogs Help People with Cancer

Animal-assisted visits in cancer treatment centers are gaining in popularity. Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy can opt for some doggie face time during their treatments. But does this truly influence the patient’s well-being? Until recently, scientific documentation… Read More

Who Have You Met Through Your Dog?

For me, the most endearing thing about 101 Dalmatians is the fact that, without their dogs’ involvement, Roger and Anita would likely never have met, fallen in love, and married. Two spotted dogs named Pongo and Perdita ignited… Read More

Homeless Hotel Hounds

Admittedly, I’m a bit biased when it comes to Asheville, North Carolina. After all, this is the fun, eclectic city that wooed me to move to the southeast. Imagine my delight when I recently learned about a hotel… Read More

The Miracle of My Physiology

When a health issue arises, whether for our pets or us, it is normal to focus primarily on the body part that isn’t working well. During such times, taking a moment to think about our normal physiology (all… Read More

Open Hearts and Full Tummies

Photo Credit: Pam Young Of the many holidays celebrated throughout the year Thanksgiving is my hands down favorite. I love devoting an entire day to preparation of a meal and an autumn hike with my puppers and anyone… Read More

Caring for Our Pets and Ourselves at the End of Their Lives

If ever you’ve lost a beloved pet, or you are close to losing one, I think this piece will resonate with you. My friend, Susan Shannon, who lives and works in California, is the author. She is an… Read More

Dr. Sophia Yin: A Champion for Animals

I felt shock and profound sadness upon learning that Dr. Sophia Yin passed away on the 29th of September. Hearing about the loss of a professional colleague is not all that unusual, and Dr. Yin was not a… Read More

Full Tummies and Open Hearts

Of the many holidays celebrated throughout the year Thanksgiving is my hands down favorite. I love devoting an entire day to preparation of a meal and an autumn hike with my puppers and anyone else who cares to… Read More

And the Winner is…….

In a recent blog post honoring Adopt a Shelter Dog Month I invited readers to share stories of their own shelter dog adoptions. In exchange, their names would be entered into a drawing for a signed copy of… Read More