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6 ways dogs help us heal

6 ways dogs heal us

  1. Dogs show empathy.
  2. Dogs give us affection.
  3. Dogs give us their complete attention.
  4. Dogs give us physical comforting. They snuggle and lie in our laps.
  5. Dogs live in the moment, sharing enthusiasm and joy.
  6. Dogs possess sensory abilities  beyond our sensory capacity.

They hear into the distance beyond our hearing range. Dogs alert us to the approach of other people and animals. With their gift of night vision, dogs often guide us, just go camping with your dog or walk a dog at night.

Examples: Therapy dogs of every kind help the blind, the mobility challenged plus visit the sick and in-firmed. Dogs sniff out cancerous tumors, this field is now being explored by science with the goal of creating a laboratory replica of how dogs detect cancer. Many dog lovers witness their dogs seeking out members coping with illness. The world over has many truth stories of dogs comforting the sick or dying.

Dogs sensing seizeures before they happen so they can maneuver their person to a safe position, such as sitting or lying down.

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Give back to dogs

Want to help homeless dogs and cats but can’t adopt?

Click here and visit The Animal Rescue Site. Through this site you can download an app, which gives money to feed needy shelterless pets. This app is called Pet to Give. Just like its title, every pet gives a selected shelterless funds to feed dogs and cats.

Check out the Greater Good. I like it because they respect my time. When I signed up for email updates, I learned that I could put in vacation holds on email updates. This is the only site informational source that I have never subscribed from.

Please share to spread the ways dog heal us. In this terrible time following the mass murder in Orlando, Florida. I hope we all will spread loving kindness and healing.

Don’t have a dog right now?

No problem. Make dog friends.

If you do not have a dog, take some fresh sugar snap peas (cut or break them up for small dogs) sit in a park. As dog walkers if their dog is friendly with new people. Once the dog’s person says it’s okay to greet the dog, LET THE DOG COME TO YOU. A friendly dog will wag his or her tail and slink up to sniff your hand. After you have a relaxed connection, ask the dog’s person if you can give him or her a treat. Show them the snap peas. Hold one in the palm of your hand and let the dog eat off your hand like a dinner plate. There you go. You’ve made a good friend. Now go make another.

For eight years we lived in an apartment and could not have any pets. I missed having a dog so much. Most dog lovers know that pain and will be sympathetic. Dogs always have enough love for everyone.Ready-set….Dachshund-Mix.jpeg

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Happy Haunting: Photo Friday

A blast from the past?

The story behind dressing our dog up

We never had a dog that needed to wear sweaters before Sydney. Being half miniature poodle, Sydney needs a shave about every eight weeks, even in hot seasons. All poodle and doodle dogs inherit the same problem. Regular grooming, which pet parents need to learn or pay for every six to eight weeks.

Jackie O' disguise
Like my Jackie O’ disguise?

Poodles grow hair not fur. So hair grows in his ears that needs plucked. Also hair grows on his belly and into his eyes, soon he looks like a white mop. Shaved, Sydney feels chilled even in the house in summer. So we started with a t-shirt, hard to find one long enough for his Cocker Spaniel backbone.

Marc invented this Jackie O’ disguise.

T-shirts and sweaters for poodle & doodle dogs

After t-shirts, we bought a sweater and raincoat. He loved to walk in the rain, if he didn’t get too chilly. Then there came the year of the pirate costume ordered from The Animal Rescue Site sponsored by The Greater Good. Not only can you click on The Animal Rescue Site to give a bowl of food to a shelter pet (daily), but you can buy pet products, gifts and, yes, pet costumes. I nearly ordered the skunk costume for our little stinker, Sydney, I bought him a pirate costume t-shirt.

Our pirate dog napping in costume

Hey, dognapping is okay with me.
Hey, dog napping is okay with me.

Our dog does not like dressing up. But Sydney loves all the positive attention and treat rewards. Plus he cheers us up.

Hint, I like eating pumpkin.
Trick or treat from a little stinker.