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Please Don’t Pet Me, I’m Working

Please Don’t Pet Me, I’m Working

When most of us think of a service dog, the first thing that comes to mind is a guide dog for a blind person. This article will show there are a variety of service dogs that fulfill a large number of jobs on a daily basis. According to the ADA, “Service animals are animals that […]

What is a “Service Dog”?

What is a “Service Dog”?

Most people are familiar with the guide dogs that assist blind people. Increasingly people with many different sorts of disabilities, some of them not so obvious have begun to use assistance or “service” dogs, and even other animals to help them in their everyday lives. Since the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) first passed in […]

Organizations that Provide Assistance Dogs

Organizations that Provide Assistance Dogs

According to the American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA), “Service animals are animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks. Service animals are […]

Adopting a Rescue Horse

Adopting a Rescue Horse

In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the number of horses ending up at shelters and horse rescues. Due to the downturn in the economy, shelters and rescues are being flooded with requests from horse owners who can no longer afford to keep their horses. In recent years, there has been a […]

Volunteering: Your Local Shelter and Pet Rescue Needs You!

Volunteering: Your Local Shelter and Pet Rescue Needs You!

It seems as if animal lovers are always looking for new ways to show their love and devotion for animals. Some people choose to donate to their favorite animal charity, shelter or rescue. However, in uncertain economic times it is difficult for many to continue charitable giving. One great way many people are now considering […]

New Babies and Pets

New Babies and Pets

You are expecting a new addition to your family…the human kind. Congratulations! This is always a very exciting time and a lot of time and effort goes into preparing yourselves for the baby’s arrival. Keep in mind that you also need to prepare the family pet for the new addition. Following are some steps to […]

Pet Euthanasia: Is There Ever a Good Time?

Pet Euthanasia: Is There Ever a Good Time?

When we bring home a furry friend for the first time, we are entranced by the new little life in our home. The comical antics and pitiful cries are met with our “coos” and smiles as we happily scoop them up. As our pets grow, we cherish the experiences we have together—first walks on leash, […]

The Special Bond Between Pets & People

The Special Bond Between Pets & People

Scientists define the human-animal bond as, a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors essential to the well being of both. This definition encompasses all human-animal relationships including livestock and wildlife. This definition seems too broad for the scope of this article so, it will address only domestic […]

Pet Communication

Pet Communication

It is remarkable how well our pets, especially dogs, seem to know us. They show us love, affection and help us reduce our stress even when we don’t know that we’re feeling it. When we speak, they seem to pay attention and understand what we are saying. How can that be when clearly dogs and […]

Coping with Pet Allergies

Coping with Pet Allergies

Many people suffer from pet allergies. Dogs, cats and birds are the most common sources of allergies, but any type of pet can cause an allergic reaction. More people are allergic to cats than any other type of pet. People may own their pet for a while before they develop an allergic reaction to them. […]