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What They Might Think During Departures
Putting words into the minds of dogs
As we drove away and saw Marley’s face in the window, watching us drive away, my son said, “I’ll bet he’s thinking, “Please come back! Why are you leaving me?” His woebegone expression did match the words my son had chosen for him. We began to discuss how different individuals react to the same situations in different ways and express themselves in unique ways, too, and why shouldn’t that apply...
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Death By Choke Collar
Puppy died at a training center
Gracie, a 6-month old Boxer-Great Dane mix, died when her choke collar got tangled while playing with another dog at a training center. By the time the staff intervened by cutting the collar off with wire cutters and administering CPR, she was too far gone. The Humane Society of the United States says that it is best for your dog if you avoid using one and I agree. Choke collars function by...
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Dog Helps Elderly Man With Alzheimer’s
Speech returns in presence of dog
The man in this video has Alzhemier’s, and according to the daughter who posted it, he has lost almost all of his speech. However, when he is with the dog, he talks in a clear voice and makes perfect sense. It’s not clear why his speech abilities return in the presence of the dog, but it’s well known that dogs are helpful to people with dementia. The benefits go beyond the usual health benefits...
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Baby Named After Dog Who Saved Her Life
Jade found the abandoned baby in a park
When Jade the German Shepherd sprinted into the bushes during a walk, lay down and refused to return to her guardian, her behavior was literally life-saving. When Roger Wilday came over to his dog, he discovered that Jade was lying next to an abandoned newborn baby. According to doctors, she would not have survived more than a couple of hours longer on her own. The baby, who hospital workers...
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Dog Waits Outside Hospital For 8 Days
Reunion with homeless guardian worth it
Lauri da Costa, a homeless man in Brazil who stumbled to the hospital after being hit in the face by a rock, has a priceless friend in his dog Seco. When da Costa went inside the hospital, neither he nor his dog could have known that it would be more than a week before he came out again. Luckily, the injuries from the attack were not incredibly serious. However, during the exam, doctors...
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Dogs Comfort in Boston
Therapy dogs attend marathon festivities
After the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon, therapy dogs from the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministries were there within 24 hours. The group consists of 70 therapy dogs (all Golden Retrievers) from 10 states. Small groups of the dogs visit churches, schools, hospitals and disaster areas, offering the soothing, healing presence that only dogs can provide. Many survivors and...
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Quality Time Without Other Dogs
Dogs benefit, sometimes in unexpected ways
“He doesn’t really play with toys,” his guardian said as he dropped the dog off for an afternoon visit with us. Their realtor didn’t want dogs at home during their open house, not even resting contentedly in their crates, and work schedules meant they needed a little help. We were taking one of their dogs and his brother was going to watch the other. Though we were not expecting Moose to play...
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The Weather Channel’s Therapy Dog
Butler will be easing people's pain
Butler -- Weather Channel's Dog
With weather extremes making headlines more than ever, it’s nice to know that The Weather Channel does more than just predict and report disasters. With their recent choice of a therapy dog to help those who are in the midst of crises, they are helping to alleviate the suffering caused by them. After a nationwide search for just the right dog, Butler has become The Weather Channel’s official...
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Learning About Glass Doors
Some dogs figure it out right away
Dog stands outside of glass sliding door
It’s scary for dogs and guardians alike when a dog makes contact with a sliding glass door, and it can certainly be injurious. Most dogs who live in or visit a house with such a door eventually run or walk into it, but some never seem to learn to watch out for it. I’ve known dogs who would run into the glass door every time they are trying to pass through if it were not for some assistance from...
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Losing the Dog That Was Your First “Baby”
It’s one of life’s common stages
“It’s because we all got a dog before we had children,” one friend of mine said. Another replied, “It’s so true. They were our first babies.” Both women were referring to the recent epidemic in our little circle of friends of elderly dogs dying. Most of us first had a child upwards of 10 years ago, and many of our families have a dog in the 13 to 17-year old range. That naturally means that...

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