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How Animals Help Keep Us Well January 22, 2006 1:30 PM

You know, it's not just a one way street.  Animals can help us be whole and well, too!

Pets make us happy, and happiness cures.  Love heals all wounds and ills.  They love us whether we love them or not, and they accept us for who we are.

Pets offer companionship...someone to talk to, to nurture, to love.  They help us feel needed, and like we are never alone

Animals are such loving creatures that they are said to oftentimes take on the ills of their masters, just to help absorb some of the pain.

And protective?  Some people think you have to train a dog to be mean to make it be protective...All you have to teach it is love.  They know the loyalty part!  Our well-being is what's at their heart.

Ever watch a seeing-eye dog at work?  There's a reason they can be trained to be so focused on taking care of someone...It's because that's what's in their heart.

I know whenever I cry, my pets ALL come hovering around, offering their love and support!

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 January 23, 2006 1:29 PM

Pets can smell when u are hurting or sick....or even sad.

My doggie likes to lay with me when I am upset over something or sick in bed.

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 February 03, 2006 6:35 AM

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 February 04, 2006 8:26 AM

  My cats know when I am sick. One lays with me all night and purrs away, ( everyone here should know the power of the purr). The other one lays with me the whole time I am sick and just comforts me by being with me, he never did purr loudly. The third is kinda aloof towards me but loves my husband.

    I had a dog when I was a kid, she alwasy knew when I felt ill, and also was always there for me.

    They know and they care. 

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Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy February 06, 2006 8:04 AM

Horses are used as good therapy assistants in working with people in counseling settings to encourage creative problem solving, leadership development, team building, communication skills, and psycho social development and growth.  Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy is an experiential, action-oriented treatment approach which is useful with individuals, families and groups. 

The horse has much to offer in a therapeutic relationship in that horses offer unconditional friendship, experience a wide range of feelings and offer immediate, honest feedback.  Horses are sensitive to nonverbal stimulus, providing us with valuable and visible lessons in terms of our nonverbal cues and body language.  Horses are social beings and bring us insight into group roles and dynamics.
It's kind of like a ropes course, but with the added benefit of having horses, with different personalities, attitudes and moods, added to the dynamics. 
 
Clinical evidence suggests that EAP may be useful in treating:
  • depression
  • low self-esteem
  • learning disorders
  • anxiety
  • attnetion deficit disorder
  • conduct disorders
  • substance abuse
  • body image disorders
  • brain injury
  • memory impairment
  • sensory deficits
  • eating disorders
  • autism
  • Tourette's syndrome
  • schizoprenia
  • anger management
  • victimization issues
  • post traumatic stress disorder

Of course not all Equine-Assisted Psychotherapists specialize in or treat all of the above disorders, nor are all clients appropriate for or would benefit from EAP, but it's worth looking into, I think. 

It sure beats taking drugs! 

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NIH studies Benefits of Pets to Health February 15, 2006 7:32 AM

More than half of all U.S. households have a companion animal. Pets are more common in households with children, yet there are more pets than children in American households. There are more than 51 million dogs, 56 million cats, 45 million birds, 75 million small mammals and reptiles, and uncounted millions of aquarium fish.

It is important at this time to assess whether these populations have any beneficial impact on physical, social, and psychological health.

To this end, the National Institutes of Health convened a Technology Assessment Workshop on the Health Benefits of Pets on September 10-11, 1987. After a day-and-a-half of presentations by experts in relevant fields, a working group drafted the following report to provide the scientific community with a synthesis of the current knowledge and a framework for future research, and to provide the public with the information it needs to make informed decisions regarding the health benefits of pets.

Throughout history animals have played a significant role in human customs, legends, and religions. Primitive people found that human- animal relationships were important to their very survival, and petkeeping was common in hunter-gatherer societies. In our own time, the great increase in pet ownership may reflect a largely urban population's often unsatisfied need for intimacy, nurturance, and contact with nature. However, it is impossible to determine when animals first were used specifically to promote physical and psychological health. The use of horseback riding for people with serious disabilities has been reported for centuries. In 1792, animals were incorporated into the treatment for mental patients at the York Retreat, England, as part of an enlightened approach attempting to reduce the use of harsh drugs and restraints. The first suggested use of animals in a therapeutic setting in the United States was in 1919 at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D. C., when Superintendent Dr. W.A. White received a letter from Secretary of the Interior F.K. Lane suggesting the use of dogs as companions for the psychiatric hospital's resident patients. Following this, the earliest extensive use of companion animals in the United States occurred from 1944 to 1945 at an Army Air Corps Convalescent Hospital at Pawling, New York. Patients recovering from war experiences were encouraged to work at the hospital's farm with hogs, cattle, horses, and poultry. After the war, modest efforts began in using animals in outpatient psychotherapy. During the 1970s, numerous case studies of animals facilitating therapy with children and senior citizens were reported.

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Health Benefits of Having a Pet April 13, 2006 5:00 AM

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 April 14, 2006 6:56 PM

I know for a fact, pets really help us heal, and keep us company better than most people!!  [ send green star]
 
 April 14, 2006 7:47 PM

When I'm crying, Annie comes real close and puts her face in mine until I wrap my arms around her and tell her I'm okay.  Then she just sits calmly with me.

They are also good for a laugh, and laughter is the best medicine!

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 April 15, 2006 6:02 AM

I live alone and my cats are the best company.  They are quite elderly, though.  It's a living, breathing thing that is so happy to see you...I know, after all these years of owning them, it's not just food they want!  *smiles* Because they come up and sit with me on the couch, one in particular (I have two cats).  They love you unconditionally and don't judge you...what better therapy is there than that?  [ send green star]
 
Health Influence of Animals and the Elderly May 20, 2006 7:50 PM

Abstracts
  1. Influence of Companion Animals on the Physical and Psychological Health of Older People: An Analysis of a One-Year Longitudinal Study. P. Raina, D. Waltner-Toews, B. Bonnett, C. Woodward, and T. Abernathy.
  2. Relationship Between Pet Ownership and Healthcare Use Among Seniors. P. Raina, B. Bonnett, and D. Waltner-Toews.
  3. Pet Ownership May be a Factor in Improved Health of the Elderly. D. Dembicki and J. Anderson.
  4. The Impact of Pet Ownership on the Functional Transitions Among Elderly. P Raina, D. Waltner-Toews, and B. Bonnett.
  5. The Relationship of Loneliness and Stress to Human-Animal Attachment in the Elderly. C. Keil and B. Barba.
  6. The Role of Pet Dogs in Casual Conversations of Elderly Adults. J. Rogers, L.A. Hart, and R.P. Boltz.
Articles
  1. Companion Animals in the lives of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease.
  2. For Seniors: Pets Are Just Plain Healthy.
  3. The following articles are available for download in RTF format. Some articles have figures in GIF format, which will open in your browser. Click on the article or figure name to save the file to your computer or to a disk. After you have saved the file, open the article in a word processor to read or print the article or open the figure in a paint or other program to view or print the figure.
  4. The Role of Pets in Enhancing Human Well-Being: Effects for Older People. Lynette A. Hart (69K, RTF).
    [Download figures:
    Figure 3.1 (23K, GIF), Figure 3.2 (16K, GIF), Figure 3.3 (23K, GIF), Figure 3.4 (29K, GIF), Figure 3.5 (26K, GIF), Figure 3.7 (27K, GIF).]
    [Reprinted from The Waltham Book of Human-Animal Interactions: Benefits and Responsibilities. Courtesy of
    Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition.]
  5. Effects of Watching Aquariums on Elders' Stress. Mary M. DeSchriver and Carol Cutler Riddick (40K, RTF).
  6. Stressful Life Events and Use of Physician Services Among the Elderly. Judith M. Siegel (59K, RTF).
  7. Pet Ownership and Attachment as Supportive Factors in the Health of the Elderly. Thomas F. Garrity, et al (77K, RTF).
Other Web Sites of Interest
  1. Aging Parents and Elder Care
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Pony with false leg helps kids May 22, 2006 5:04 PM

A pony
A Shetland pony, who has been given a false leg, is giving hope to children affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Molly was rescued from a barn where she had been trapped for over two weeks, when the storm hit the US last year.

She was moved to a nearby farm alongside other rescued animals including a dog who bit her so badly she had to be fitted with a false leg.

Molly used to entertain people at birthday parties but now she helps children injured in the hurricane.

Her owner, Kaye Harris, asked vets in Louisiana to perform a rare operation.

They weren't sure at first, but fifteen-year-old Molly's courage persuaded them to go ahead.

Molly wore a cast for five weeks after the surgery before being fitted for her false leg.

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anonymous  May 23, 2006 9:05 AM

I love this horsey article.  Crossposted on my horse group.  THANK YOu so much for making my day!!!

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so very true!! May 23, 2006 9:45 AM

Animals do feel your sadness even when youtry to hide it.... and when I am sick my kitty Romeo is right there next to me not leaving my side.... amazing!  [ send green star]
 
Helping Kids Heal from Abuse... June 22, 2006 5:21 PM

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PAWWS to Heal offers trust, support, encouragement, patience and unconditional love from animals for children to begin healing from abuse and to help cope with physical disabilities

Have you ever had the chance to witness the excitement, smiles, calmness, and pure enjoyment a child receives when having contact with an animal? This unspoken connection between child and animal becomes a magical tool for healing.

PAWWS to Heal is a non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to children and animals. Through interactive therapy with animals, our services strengthen and improve the lives of children as they journey the path of healing from abuse and coping with physical disabilities.

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Pets as Therapy June 24, 2006 11:08 AM

The growing use of pets as therapy
By LISA SCOTT

The inclusion of pets into hospital and rehabilitation environments has long been considered very therapeutic, and pets continue to be an important part of life long after rehabilitation has ended.

In addition to filling lonely hours with companionship, pets can be trained, much like the more familiar Seeing Eye dogs, to perform tasks and assist persons with disabilities in many different ways.

The responsibility for pet care can enhance cognitive functioning in ways that are more subtle and enjoyable than traditional therapies. Fun activities often stimulate individuals with low motivation in ways that are not often achieved by sitting in front of a television set for hours on end.

Pets are very good companions and help people feel less lonely. They also respond with feedback which can negate inappropriate behaviours, and interest in a pet may redirect egocentricity that may arise from frontal lobe deficits.

Selecting a pet can be turned into a cognitive exercise of planning. The choice of a pet should be fun, not fraught with discord. It's important to consider all options e.g. a sophisticated set up of aquariums with pumps and filters may be too complex for some.

Pets must be cared for, otherwise they fail to thrive. This may be a hard lesson, possibly from time to time even cruel for the animal, but individuals with brain injury must learn or relearn this important fact of life.

Naturally a responsible adult should intervene if the pet's health or well-being is adversely affected. When limitations arising from the ABI are barriers to independently caring for a pet of choice, talk with the individual about strategies that will enable more independence and determine what duties will be managed by whom so responsibilities can be monitored. Almost everyone loves animals.

This often enhances social skills building for individuals when encountering others in the park, neighbourhoods and other places people congregate with pets. Have you ever been able to pass without noticing or striking up a conversation with someone sitting on a park bench with a colourful, exotic bird perched on his or her shoulder?

Pets are great conversation pieces. Individuals with severe brain injury and other impairing conditions often have little control over their lives. Owning a pet can provide an opportunity for controlling at least one facet of their lives their pet!

Pets always have time for sharing with their owners and their loyalty is indisputable.Pet therapy is a well-established routine in many hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centres.

Anecdotal accounts tell of the benefits of pets being in the presence of people in all stages of recovery, rehabilitation and even end-stage illnesses. The comforting and calming affect of stroking a furry animal often elicits more relaxing facial expressions and/or postures in persons even thought to be in minimally-responsive states.

Nonverbal individuals generally respond with contented smiles when pets are introduced into their environment. Almost all individuals with disabilities can take some responsibility for the care of an animal, even if it's no more than a daily stroking or play session.

Dogs are frequently trained to assist individuals with brain injury, particularly those with mobility impairments. Customstyled saddlebags can be placed on the dog and used for carrying personal items, wallet, daily journal and other items needed by those using wheelchairs and/or other assisting devices that increase mobility.

Pets are indeed wonderful companions and can frequently impact positively even on those for whom other therapies, exercises and/or future promise for continuing recovery hold little interest.

About The Author: Lisa Scott Exploring the growing trend of pet therapy. http://www.pettherapyfacts.info

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anonymous  June 24, 2006 11:29 AM

They make you laugh. 

Give comfort

and make you exercise. 

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More Articles on How Animals Benefit Health... August 13, 2006 10:09 AM

  • Animals and Your Health: Dogs as Disease Detectors
  • Animals and Your Health: Pet-Facilitated Therapy
  • Animals and Your Health: Service Animals
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     October 24, 2006 11:12 AM

    Healing Magazine -
    The Healing Power of Animals

    Kathryn Jean Gress has a special gift … she helps children heal emotionally and psychologically by introducing them to her therapy animals and letting nature take its course. During her 12 years of service as a psychiatric nurse therapist at KidsPeace, Gress has found that even the most withdrawn, troubled child will undergo transformation in the company of her therapy animals.

    Dogs, cats and pigs, all trained and certified, accompany Gress to the KidsPeace Advances Program in Temple, PA, where kids receive unconditional love from these animals and learn to give love in return. “I have seen children who would not talk or smile or show any emotion light up when coming in contact with one of my special animals,” says Gress.

    Bonding usually begins with a tentative touch and progresses to petting, hugging, talking to and eventually loving the four-legged ambassadors of emotional stability.
    Among the benefits children experience when interacting with Gress’ animals are:
    • Animals elicit cheerfulness and happiness
    • Animals increase self esteem by accepting each child unconditionally
    • Animal visits give children something to look forward to
    • Children may talk to animals about their feelings
    • Animals bring back memories of children’s own pets
    • The presence of an animal may make it easier for a child to talk to a therapist
    • Reading aloud to animals can help children with reading problems
    • Animal visits are entertaining and a change in routine
    • Animals may encourage children to give and receive affection
    • Visits from animals have a calming effect on clients and can even lower blood pressure
    • Visits from animals create positive memories for children to cherish and remember.

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     December 17, 2006 5:30 AM

    Man credits goose with helping him live longer

    Elderly cancer patient says 'Mr. Waddles' offers inspiration to keep going

    HEALING TOUCH

    Bill Lytle and a goose that befriended him last winter visit April 26 along the shore of Fernan Lake, near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, during one of Lytle's daily walks.
    Jerome A. Pollos / Coeur d'Alene Press
     
    Updated: 6:49 p.m. ET April 27, 2006

    FERNAN LAKE, Idaho - A northern Idaho man diagnosed with terminal cancer says a usually cantankerous goose that befriended him on his walks has helped him live past doctors' predictions.

    "I'm 73," Bill Lytle, a two-time state legislator, told the Coeur d'Alene Press. "And I'm not ready to die."

    After retiring as project manager for the Bunker Hill Mining company, Lytle and his wife of 52 years, Myrna, moved to Coeur d'Alene, where Bill became one of the founding members of a walking club called the Lake City Striders.

    Then last fall his skin turned yellow overnight, and doctors diagnosed pancreatic cancer, giving Lytle only months to live. But Lytle continued his walks, having to cut them down to two miles at a nearby lake, where he met the goose who has inspired him to keep going even when he wasn't feeling well.

    "I have to keep walking or I won't make my next December," Lytle said.

    The goose, called Mr. Waddles, is a feral domestic goose, a biologist with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said, offering no explanation for the relationship that has developed between the goose and Lytle. Myrna has thought about that as well.

    'I think he knows ...'
    "I wonder, why would that one goose attach himself to Bill?" she said. "I think he knows he's sick. I think animals can sense that."

    The goose, about 30 pounds with a red beak and red feet, approaches Lytle when he calls and rubs its head against his arms. But it snaps at anyone else who gets too close, including Myrna, their daughter, and Bill's hospice aide.

    "Sometimes he walks around me, sometimes he walks beside me," Lytle said of the near-daily meetings the two have. "I rub his neck, and the top of his head and down to his back. Every time I came down, he just kept coming out. I think it's pretty nice, that he'd always come to me."

    © 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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    I Don't Know if I'm Ready for THIS! Hahaha! January 28, 2007 5:00 AM

    Snake Massage on Menue in Israel Offbeat & Fun  - 1 hour ago - news.ninemsn.com.au
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    Sunday Jan 28 11:57 AEDT

    Hold the Dead Sea salts and tea-tree oil. An Israeli health and beauty spa has introduced a new treatment to its menu - snake massage.

    For 300 shekels ($A89.85), clients at Ada Barak's spa in northern Israel can add a wild twist to their treatment by having six non-venomous but very lively serpents slither and hiss a path across their aching muscles and stiff joints.

    "I'm actually afraid of snakes, but the therapeutic effects are really good," customer Liz Cohen told Reuters Television as Barak let the snakes loose on her body.

    Barak uses California and Florida king snakes, corn snakes and milk snakes in her treatments, which she said were inspired by her belief that once people get over any initial misgivings, they find physical contact with the creatures to be soothing.

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    My two stories January 28, 2007 4:37 PM

    OK here are my two stories.

    The first one was something that my Dad's Mom used to tell to all of her kids.  If they got a scratch or abrasion they were supposed to let the dog lick it.  I thought that was pretty cool but then everyone decided dogs mouths were bad dirty places.  Now I am back to fully believing it.  Before I started taking really good supplements I had a couple deep scratches from the igs that just wouldn't heal.  One night Kody(our Rottie) started looking at my arm.  He then started making little tiny licks- just on the wound and no where else.  It was like he knew he was healing me.  Two days later the scratches were COMPLETELY healed- no scab or scar or anything!!!  They have really good bacteria in their mouths I guess which is why you see dogs trying to lick their own wounds if they get them- although the vet will always tell you not to let them do it.

    The 2nd story isn't as cool but it has to do with horses.  I had to sell my horse several years ago because I couldn't afford to keep him anymore.  I already wasn't eating and I still couldn't make his board payments.  So anyway, I hadn't ridden since and I had gotten pretty fat- I had always been in great shape.  This last spring I finally found a person to let me ride their horse.  Of course I started to lose weight because I was exercising but more surprising was that the terrible pain in my neck and shoulder didn't hurt as much after I had ridden.  My whole back was stiff and my muscles were sore but that was a good feeling because it was my body healing itself and the neck pain usually didn't bother me for two whole days after riding.  Now, between riding and eating organic and taking supplements by neck rarely hurts like it used to.

    Gooooo Petttttsss!!!!

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     March 24, 2007 5:46 PM

    The healing power of one special Mideast dog, Golan

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     March 25, 2007 11:19 AM

    When I was young my family environment was not the best, but we always had cats at home, and I had three separate cats during my childhood and teenage years.  They all helped bolster my self-esteem, and gave me a real sense of being loved, and of course always sat with me when I was too sad to cope.

    11 years ago I had a major nervous breakdown and have since struggled to build a stable and stress-free life.  I have had many ups and downs, and always looked to wild life to cheer me.

    Then 2and a half years ago a young tabby cat came to my house and moved in, and he has changed my life.  Just to know that even if I can't get out to feed myself I have a responsibility to him has helped me immeasurably.  The affection, loyalty, and acceptance of my faults that he has shown me has restored a great sense of love for all in me.  Because he has been in my life,  7 months ago I started working as avolunteer at my local animal rescue centre, which I love, and this has also helped build my confidence so much so that I recently felt able to apply for paid work, and was accepted at the first company that interviewed me.  This will be my first paid job since my breakdown, and although it's only part-time, and will therefore allow me to keep doing some hours at the animal home it represents a huge step forward for me, which indirectly I thank my cat Freddie for.

    And I know that I must accept that he has only stayed with me because he feels that I am worth investing his life with, which is very humbling.

    I owe him a lot, and look forward to spending many happy years together.

    Love and blessing to all

    Karen

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    Karen March 26, 2007 7:40 AM

    I am so proud of you.  It amazes me how the love we get from our animals can literally save us.  My fist dog as an "adult" was a little back Cocker Spaniel named Clyde.  I got him for my 23rd birthday.  I had a pretty awful 5 years in my 20's and if I had not had Clyde's unconditional love and also had to take him for walks and care for him I am not sure how I could have survived this terrible funk I was in.  Looking back I can't believe how really low I was and I really owe it to Clyde for making it through it.  Unfotunatley when I was pregnant with my first child Clydes back went out, we think due to in breeding, and the surgeon said he if it was his dog he wouldn't do the surgery.  If Clyde had not been in pain I would have tried to prolong his life.  I had to put my first love of my life to sleep, add that to being 4 months pregnant and I was a basket case.  My sister and my husband were in the room with me while I held him and told him over and over how good he was and how much I loved him.  He was the first pet my husband ever was attached to and his saddness was overwhelming.  I still miss Clyde with all my heart.  It took me 5 years to allow myself to get another dog.  I just couldn't bear the thought of going through that again.  I love my dogs so much but I don't think another pet could ever live up to Clyde as I think he saved my life, or came very close to it.  At the very least he made my life bearable, and his love was everything to me for quite some time. 

    I would love to have one of my pets be therapy pets.  Maybe next year when both of my human kids are in school full time I can focus on that.

    I bet there are so many stories out there like ours where pets have made a huge difference in our lives. 

    I just read in our local little paper about this 4 year old black lab free to good home, they have jsut welcomed a new baby into their home and just don't have the time for their dog.  Would it be inappropriate of me to call them and tell what awful low lifes I think they are and that their karma is being severely damaged by this selfish, mean act?  What is wrong with people, if people can't let their pets become part of their family they have no business of ever getting pets.  I especially hate it when young couples want to try out their parenting on a puppy, then they get pregnant, and voila they no longer have room, or time for their dog.  How can they legitimize that in that heads?

    Sorry about going off on that tangent, it just makes me sad that pets are so often not treated as well as they should be.  Yes I have two lovely children, but I love my two dogs, two cats, rat, fish, and frogs too.  There is enough love in a person to love the world if you want.

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     March 26, 2007 9:30 AM

    Hi Robin,

    What awonderful story about Clyde and the love he so freely gave.  As a Spiritualist I believe that Love as the most powerful and purest emotion nevers dies, and all those we love who have passed over are still with us on the vibration of love.  So Clyde is with you, the more you think fondly of him, the stronger the bond will grow.  Have photos of him about you, and remember all the loveand joy he brought you.

    I'm glad you took the plunge and got another dog,a s you clearly have a lot of love to share.

    I very much agree with you about people abandoning pets when children come on the scene, at the animal home where I work pets are often handed to us for the most incredible reasons - i.e. (and this one is true) "he doesn't match my new sofa!".  People do not appreciate the honour of sharing their life with a pet. (I can't stand to say 'owning' a pet)

    Blessings and love

    Karen T

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    Purring February 21, 2008 12:28 PM

    This is a very interesting video.  The picture looks rather comedic, but I think that's because this is just a sample version, and it is requesting that the full version be purchased.  At any rate, the information is very good!  It's all about cats and vibrational healing, and how the purr is actually just right for that purpose, and  how cats seem to know and come to comfort you when you're sick.

    Hope this makes you purr!

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=fu7oljXvkH0

    Vibe

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     May 13, 2008 1:21 PM

    The Healing Power of Pets - Domestic Animals Can Prevent Illness.
    Scott StarsButterfliesGold Notes
    Studies show that contact with domestic animals can prevent illness.

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     February 13, 2010 9:41 AM

     

    Book Review: An Exchange of Love
    Animals Healing People in Past, Present and Future Lifetimes

    By Phylameana lila Desy, About.com Guide

    An Exchange of Love

    O Books
    I had the opportunity to review a pre-release PDF draft of this book that was sent to me by the author, Madeleine Walker. Madeleine serves as the columnist for the Ask An Animal Communicator Q&A Column. Her new book will interest anyone who has a love of animals, an interest in reincarnation or works with energy healing. Madeleine will capture your heart in the very first chapter with writings detailing the life of a goatling named Mulberry and Mulberry's close connection with Madeleine's young son Cameron, who is challenged with Aspergers.

    As an energy medicine practitioner familiar with the chakra system I was especially interested in reading Chapter 8: Healing with the Chakra System where she outlines the chakra system of horses, cats, and dogs. Not only does she heal animals employing the chakra system, Madeleine also uses psychic surgery, crystal healing, visualization, and soul retrieval techniques.

    The roles that our animal companions play are more significant than any of us may have ever imagined. Madeleine helps the reader understand how to listen and be more open to the messages that the animals around us have to teach. She even listens to a common house fly. That "pesky" fly that flies in your face could very well be the messenger of an important lesson. Don't be so quick to swat it away.

    Title: An Exchange of Love
    Sub Title: Animals Healing People in Past Present and Future Lifetimes
    Author: Madeleine Walker
    Publisher: O Books
    Release Date: October 24, 2008
    ISBN: 978-1846941399

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     June 19, 2010 8:52 AM

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/ban-the-weighing-of-miniature-dachshunds

    please sign the petition and stop the starving of uk show dogs.

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    27 Ways Animals Imrove Our Health November 30, 2012 3:58 AM


    http://pets.webmd.com/ss/slideshow-pets-improve-your-health

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    Cats Helping People: Service and Miracles January 15, 2014 6:42 AM


    Miraculous Ways Cats Help with Therapy Healing, Rescue, Companionship, Learning
    http://angels.about.com/od/MiraclesPopularCulture/a/Cats-Helping-People-Service-And-Miracles.htm

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