NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Therapy dogs may improve the emotional well-being of some cancer patients, according to results of a clinical study, the first to document the benefits of animal-assisted therapy in adult cancer patients. The research was made available this week in the Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology.
"Thanks to this rigorously designed study, we now have strong evidence that pet therapy is an effective tool to help cancer patients get through challenging treatments," said Gabriel A. Sara, MD, Medical Director, Infusion Suite at Mount Sinai Roosevelt, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
It's encouraging to know there is strong evidence showing the real emotional boost animal-assisted therapy gives to adult cancer patients. This study was released after a million people on Facebook uploaded photos of dogs to cheer up a young cancer patient in Phoenix, Arizona.
Yep, a million. His mom Kristen started an event page in December asking people to share dog photos because they made her son smile on the days he didn't have a therapy dog visiting him at Phoenix Children's Hospital where he is receiving treatment.
There has been a lot of support by people everywhere, including Gabby Giffords, from Tucson. Knowing how my dog made me smile, and the rush of oxytocin I felt with her, you'll find her sweet photo representing Grouchy Puppy well wishes.
Learn more how you can make Anthony smile.
Post of a photo of your own dog on the event page Photo Doggies for Anthony, and when you share on Twitter use the hashtag #PhotoDoggiesforAnthony
Everybody benefits from spending time with dogs! This new Georgia program allows service dogs in training to get socialized by kids with autism, while giving these youngsters a chance to be positively influenced by a dog.
“It’s just amazing,” said Elizabeth Dulin, co-founder and head of the Lionheart School, which serves students with autism in Alpharetta, Georgia. “When our kids interact with the dogs, we see reduced anxiety levels. ... They become calm and focused.”
One 11-year-old student named Max can quickly identify all seven of the puppies romping around the school. How can he name them so effortlessly when they look so similar? That’s easy.
“Because I love them,” Max told WXIA-TV in Atlanta.
My dog never gave me the "head tilt" like Lassie, Benji or even Rin Tin Tin might have on television, but she sure gave me an expression that said she was hip to my words. By the time we'd been together for a few years, her vocabulary was on its way to making our life together an adventure. While she still had her vision, I would use visual prompts to play games with her. Later when she couldn't see with her eyes, I watched as she used her ears to understand what we were saying.
"Although we cannot say how much or in what way dogs understand information in speech from our study," Ratcliffe said, "we can say that dogs react to both verbal and speaker-related information and that these components appear to be processed in different areas of the dog's brain.”
People are learning that when you choose senior dog adoption there is incredible joy and companionship to be experienced. The couple in this story explain how every new canine family member adds a wonderful heartfelt dynamic to their home, and that it only took adopting one older dog to convince them that giving senior dogs a second chance is their mission.
My dog loved chasing birds. As a senior dog, when we went for a walk around the block, she lurched toward every slow-moving pigeon. In her younger days, when we made it over to Crissy Field, Cleo's favorite game wasn't playing fetch but racing across the grass chasing low flying birds! If a dog could laugh from the excitement mine did. She never caught one but I don't think she wanted to, it was the thrill of the chase that she loved. You could almost say she was a professional bird chaser, like a certain Mr. Lunch.
I'm excited to share that this winter, dog lovers young and old can enjoy a special family-friendly exhibition in San Francisco that explores the work of beloved children’s book illustrator J. Otto Seibold and Mr. Lunch. This Bay Area artist who pioneered digital design for children’s books 20 years ago is the focus with the exhibition based on his three books that imagine the exploits of a professional bird-chasing dog: Mr. Lunch Borrows a Canoe, Free Lunch, and Mr. Lunch Takes a Plane Ride.
I have written for years across Grouchy Puppy about all the many ways my own dog Cleo has taught me valuable lessons about growing old, and living in the moment. I've also shared many other dogs out there who give fearlessly, like the therapy dog who helps distressed children. Dogs are amazing creatures and the human-animal bond is something to behold.
A new book out today is about the incredible journey of Lucca, a real life canine warrior whose military service saved many lives overseas. She is an inspiration. TOP DOG is the second amazing read by New York Times Bestselling Author, Maria Goodavage.
During my search for understanding about grief and pet loss, I found this thoughtful article written in 2012 by Joe Yonan, from The Washington Post. His experiences are relevant today partly due to the loss of my own dog, but also my anticipatory loss of my ailing father.
His exploration of the grief process is something that I can relate to.
How do you honor your dog? We chose to join the Helen Woodward Animal Center and the Remember Me Thursday campaign today. It's hard to imagine that our dog had once been homeless, she has changed our world so completely.
She has been a gift
The Remember Me Thursday global awareness campaign encourages individuals to light a candle literally, or virtually, to honor orphan pets, and encourages communities to opt to adopt, reducing the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year.
Love a good bargain? Swoon over sweet senior dogs? Need cute dog stuff for fall? It's your lucky day if you live in or near San Francisco! If you don't, that's okay too. Scroll down for special online info!
Discover for yourself why senior dogs rule. Today is National Grandparents Day. Honor your favorite grandparent by visiting your local shelter or humane society, then consider fostering or adopting one of the older dogs who still have a lifetime of love to give.
It's no secret that we adore old dogs around here. Through my time and experience with my senior dog Cleo, I've increased my appreciation for senior citizens, in particular my aging family members and neighbors. Both have contributed a lot to my education. If you have older people or senior dogs in your life, August 21 is National Senior Citizens Day, when we all can recognize and celebrate their role in our lives.