Until his death, in John Conroy's arms, of old age, April 4, 1926, Stubby was a “True” American Pit Bull Terrier. Awards: 3 Service Stripes; Yankee Division YD Patch; French Medal Battle of Verdun; 1st Annual American Legion ...
Petting a dog makes people feel better. It's not in our heads, and it's not wishful thinking on the part of dog lovers. It's science.
Petting a dog decreases levels of stress hormones, regulates breathing, lowers blood pressure and releases the hormone oxytocin, which is associated with bonding and affection. Medically speaking, people who pet dogs literally feel better.
The animals provide assistance and companionship to people with disabilities
Caroline Elgin in The Plains, Virginia, got her service dog Sajen when she was almost 10 years old. Elgin has cerebral palsy, which has affected her speech and motor skills, but not her intelligence. Now 19, she says Sajen makes her happy. Sajen knows more than 60 commands and helps Caroline by picking up items and giving them to her, pulling off her socks, and retrieving his leash. He can also shut a door....
Students cramming in the library at Emory Law School this week are getting some unusual stress relief. Therapy dogs were dispatched to lower the blood pressure of students studying for finals, reports...
Centre County, Pennsylvania has developed a program that uses a highly trained dog to provide emotional support for children in the County's criminal justice system. The program was developed by Judge Brad Lunsford and Faith Burger and is reported to be the first program of its kind in Pennsylvania.
The Centre County District Attorney says that its dog "Princess" "...specializes in comforting and easing the fears of the children of our community who have been victimized and who are required to come into the courtroom setting to testify."
He chose the dog, but I chose the name,” the woman explained. Their dog was an especially petite Boston Terrier, but his name — Titan — was one more typically bestowed on a larger dog. I’d seen this type of incongruity before, and though it’s sometimes just for the sake of being ironic, often it’s about conflict. Couples who disagree about whether to add a large dog or a small dog to their family compromise by choosing a dog of one size and a name that’s usually given to a dog of another size. I’ve also met Pixie the Newfoundland, Tank the Bichon Frise, Bitsy the Bouvier and Goliath the Pug....
No words can describe the tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday. As we try to make sense of the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, most of us can only begin to imagine what the Newtown, Conn. community is going through right now. People around the world have offered to help in any way they can, including a team of therapy dogs from Illinois. ...
Dogs, cats birds, fish and even horses are increasingly being used in settings ranging from hospitals and nursing homes to schools, jails and mental institutions. ....studies have been focusing on the fact that interacting with animals can increase people's level of the hormone oxytocin.
"That is very beneficial for us," says Johnson. "Oxytocin helps us feel happy and trusting." Which, Johnson says, may be one of the ways that humans bond with their animals over time.
... "Oxytocin has some powerful effects for us in the body's ability to be in a state of readiness to heal, and also to grow new cells, so it predisposes us to an environment in our own bodies where we can be healthier."
When Judge Larry Steele learned last fall that he was going to meet a new therapy dog named Wink, he expected someone to go outside and fetch her. The meeting had been going for 45 minutes, Steele said, and he assumed the dog was simply waiting outside in the hall.
Instead, Tonya Murray, director of the Uintah and Daggett County Children’s Justice Center, slid her chair back from the table and tugged on what appeared to be a large black lab. The dog had been there all along, but Steele hadn’t noticed her.
Amazingly dogs can help diabetes sufferers in ways that modern technology cannot. While a glucose monitor can detect high sugar levels, the chemicals produced during low blood sugar incidents have not been identified, so machines can only record drops after they happen.
Dogs can learn to alert humans before the blood sugar drop occurs. Researchers don't know how the pups do it, but are working to identify the chemical compound they smell. Knowing this information would allow scientists to better train future dogs and to possibly make a mechanical detection device. But for now the unique canine ability remains a mystery.
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Vue at Lake Eola condo complex in Downtown Orlando has received numerous complaints about tenants leaving their dog's droppings at a pet park on the seventh floor of the condominium.
The building is hiring a company called PooPrints to collect DNA samples from the dogs. Technicians will swab the dogs' mouths and then match that DNA to the feces.
It will cost pet owners about $50 per dog to register them with PooPrints.
If a tenant is caught not picking up after their dog they could be fined $100. Repeat offenders could be evicted from the building...
At the end of the day, on the now iced shore of the Hudson Strait, the dogs are hungry. They are chained on the edge of the village because they are inuit dogs sleds, specially trained for the hard life of traditional sled pulling and race. As the sunset below the mountains, the cold and dark night sets.
Johnny Angnatuk from Quaqtaq drive his truck to get near the pack. He comes to feed them and they know it. They pull on their chain, anxious to see what he is bringing.
Tonight, it’s going to be frozen seal meat. He cut big piece with his ax and the dog get their share.
Johnny has been training his team for five years for the Ivakkak race, a traditional dog sledding race of 300-500 km in the harsh winter of Nunavik. Not satisfied with his last year performance because of a too young team, he hopes that they will be stronger this year, led by the big “Kajuk” (The Brown one).
The black dog is the entertainer of the group and does a few tricks for treats. Knowing tricks isn't necessary for a dog to become a therapy pet, but each does have to become certified.
The four dogs that visit CCH are registered with Therapy Dogs Inc., a Wyoming-based organization. Each canine is observed on their behavior and temperament before they are given certification in the form of a heart-shaped dog tag stating: "I am a therapy dog."
Iraq War veteran points to benefits of service dogsThe Augusta ChronicleIraq War veteran Daniel Smith understands the reason for their delay but wishes more service members could receive the benefit of a service dog like his.
Examiner.comWhy millionaires prefer dogs over catsUSA TODAYWhy millionaires prefer dogs over cats. Robert Frank, CNBC.comShare. Comments. chihuahua puppy 2012. Millionaires are far more dog-friendly than the rest of Americans, a survey shows.
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