GPS for the Soul
I have been so lucky to have spent close to two weeks housesitting for a lovely family. It's been so wonderful having two beautiful pets to play with and care for: a friendly ginger girl cat, and Pappi the Papillon.
Julie Barton calls Bunker her soulmate. They were as emotionally close as a dog and a person can be. But, to hear Barton tell it, there was more than just friendship going on here between dog and human. There was healing.
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Luckily, United Airlines is making an effort to comfort weary and frantic passengers with the help of social media and some super special, super cuddly helpers. Their #UnitedPaws campaign aims to ease travelers with pet-therapy at some of the busiest airports this holiday season.
Meet Gizmo, a 3.5-pound wonderdoglet on a mission to change the world one doggy hug at a time. During the very early stages of our journey, Gizmo exhibited a keen sense of people's emotions.
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I've always heard that pets can reach people with Alzheimer's on a level we cannot. But I was not at all prepared for the profound reaction my little puppy was going to bring about during a recent visit to Ruth, an inveterate dog lover.
If 2014 was the worst year of your life, or even if it was just a shitty year, that is okay. 2015 is less than two weeks away. If you don't know where to start to make the next year better, I have one piece of advice. Get a cat. Pet therapy can be the catalyst of the progression of a better life .
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Puppy of course has completely changed the dynamics of the household. My eldest son says he now has an excuse to come home on weekends -- thanks very much. Shoes, bags and valuables once left lying on the floor now seem to be mysteriously put away.
As we sink into a world of cyber-friends and texting instead of talking, dogs and cats bring us back into old fashioned one-on-one, in-the-moment living.
An angel named Marie had scooped up the emaciated ball of greasy hair and bones and taken her home. Planning to bring her to a canine rescue facility in a few days, she happened to ask my husband if he knew anyone who was interested in a dog.
Kayla, therapy dog, boxer, nursing homeWhat DaLee noticed first was that Kayla possessed an unusually calm demeanor. She
I didn't get many "Talk" stories into the magazine, so this was a big moment. But it always troubled me that Lulu, the third cat Carole and I went to see, never made it into The New Yorker.
While doctors are the obvious magicians behind maximizing our quantity of life, dog lovers would agree that dogs are the quintessential kings of enriching our quality of life.
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Caregivers are an invaluable volunteer army drafted into service to help loved ones remain at home rather than in facilities and institutions.
Leah Zerbe is online editor for Rodale.com. Prior to working at Rodale, she was the senior online editor at NBCPhiladelphia.com
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