Another win for dog lovers and stressed out travelers! Begining in December, San Francisco International Airport will be joining LAX, San Jose and Miami International aiports and offering cuddles, courtesy of a new San Francisco SPCA new program called the Wag Brigade.
When you love animals, but you're retired, how do you give back? This 70 years young retired couple is inspirational. The Kleemans found a way to combine their love of travel with volunteering at their local humane society. One of the benefits of fostering a dog is the flexibility. The amount of time you spend caring for a dog before they are adopted can vary.
When you need it, you can take a break before taking on another animal. Pet fostering could be the perfect opportunity for many older adults and retired folks to help their local animal shelter or humane society.[...]
One of the best (and sometimes worst) things about social media is that it's about sharing. Remember how much #SFBatKid was shared recently? Definitely that was social media sharing at its finest. Now this week, it's time to share the best holiday window displays we have in downtown San Francisco. It's a tradition I've loved since it began with standing in line outside of Gump's.
It's time for the Annual San Francisco SPCA Holiday Windows at Macy's Union Square!
Photo credit: Nora Stratton
Last year nearly 300 dogs and cats found homes through this event, and more than $80,000 was raised to support the SF SPCA's lifesaving programs. The SF SPCA Holiday Windows at Macy's is just one of the many ways the SF/SPCA is trying to end animal abandonment in San Francisco by 2020. Over the past nine years, the Holiday Windows have helped the SF SPCA find homes for over 2300 animals [...]
Why would an older person benefit from having a dog, or benefit from visiting with a dog? A recent study shows older adults who report feelings of loneliness are at an increased risk of physical and mental health problems, even early death.
For the fifth year in a row, Virgin America will be flying a plane full of homeless Chihuahuas from San Francisco to New York as part of Operation Chihuahua. Boo, the world's cutest dog is going to make the most adorable flight attendant this flight.
I've seen first hand how animal companionship benefits the disabled, senior citizens and those living with isolating illnesses. The human-animal bond is very real and provides a positive influence over both the animal companion and their person. A senior dog can be the perfect fit for an elderly person with a little planning.
As someone who lived far away from home during college, I remember how much I missed my dog, especially during my awkward freshman year and then during the stress of finals every semester. What I would have given to enjoy some playtime with a golden retriever or any dog happy to hang out with me for a little while. Besides helping with students mental health, I can see these programs having a positive effect on the over use of alcohol on campuses for many kids. Seeing more therapy dog programs and pet therapy included at universities is only a positive in my book [...]
We are seeing more hospitals in the United States requesting therapy dogs to visit, or setting up their programs. Here is a sweet story from Down Under showing the success of therapy dog visits in a Canberra Hospital pediatric ward.
Do you ever wonder what happens after dogs are rescued from a hoarding situation or a puppy mill? This is a story of mother and daughter malamutes who not only survived a horrible environment but are now both thriving after being adopted by two loving families on either side of the country. And thanks to modern day technology, they get to visit and "woo woo" at each other over FaceTime on iPads. Too cute for words.
Read more about these beautiful Malamutes and the amazing rescuers and adopters who gave fearlessly and positively influenced the lives of these dogs.[...]
We love our dogs and all of us would do most anything to stop them from feeling unnecessary pain. A permanent stumbling block for us though is understanding dog behavior. I'm not an academic but I certainly read a lot about dog behavior in order to better understand my dog Cleo, especially now that she is older and her behavior patterns seem to be changing more frequently.
It never fails that once a week I wish she could talk and tell me why she is not hungry, why she suddenly bumps into a wall that hasn't moved, or isn't interested in a treat she used to drool over. The more serious worries I have are over whether she is showing signs that she is in pain, and I'm not picking up on that.
Now comes Whistle, a new device that could give "a voice" to dogs undergoing therapy or drug treatment.
It's Friday and I wanted to close the week out with the happy face of Baxter the dog, and his rescuer Firefighter Jeff. Why I love this image is obviously the joy on the dog's face, but also how calm his rescuer is too. There are people everywhere who give fearlessly, and today we salute Firefighter Jeff for saving Baxter while battling the bush fires outside of Sydney.
Firefighter Jeff Kryger saves Baxter from the bushfires
Since I became involved with Pets Are Wonderful Support, I've been fortunate to witness up close the incredible emotional support a companion animal provides a low income senior or someone disabled. This bond between human and animal in some cases is the key that unlocks a client's joy for life. There is meaning and focus in their life.
Evolution of service dogs. I think it's great that dogs are being trained beyond the role of seeing eye dog, with more being placed with returning veterans suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome, or becoming diabetic alert dogs. Given how these dogs not only perform valuable roles in addition to providing real emotional support, I hope more people will also get involved to help end the use of pets as fake service animals. That is a deplorable trend.