Posts Tagged ‘animal assisted therapy’

Back To School...

Back To School...

Posted by Pia

The 3 words that officially close out the summer months are “Back… To… School.” The free time and leisurely pace are replaced with a frenzied mixture of excitement, anxiety, and anticipation, for kids and adults alike. But what about Mittens and Fido?
Showing a child how important it is to take a …

Lean on Me....

Lean on Me....

Posted by Pia

Ever wonder what your four-leggers are feeling or trying to tell you? If you are anything like me, you are constantly trying to decode the inner psyche of your furry children. Many of my critters tend to lay back to back or sleep leaning on one another. Sometimes they even sleep tushy-to-tushy …

Play Ball!

Play Ball!

Posted by Pia

This week, an awesome new adoption-promoting campaign launched in the city of Chicago, and its stars are two of the coolest shelter-pet advocates you’ll ever meet: legendary White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle and his wife Jamie, whose tireless work on behalf of shelter animals has saved countless lives.
If you’re a baseball fan, you know Mark …

This Little Piggy Has Wheels

Posted by Pia

Our companion animals have a knack for breaking through barriers on many levels. While they challenge us on a personal level — reminding us to live in the moment and to offer compassion freely — they can challenge stereotypes on a broader level as well.
A colleague recently sent me this lovely, compelling video about April …

"Ancient Chinese Secret"

Posted by Pia

Having furry kids is not always smooth sailing, but I guess that is what parenting is all about, really. My little Minnow whom you recently met has what seems to be some discomfort in her lower back and legs. Needless to say we have been to every specialist under the sun and Minnow …

Your Stories of Adoption

Your Stories of Adoption

Posted by Pia

In recent weeks I’ve shared some of my own very happy adoption tales — first Pickles, then Minnow.  This week I’d like to call your attention to some great ones sent in by our very own DW readers!
You can read more in our Stories of Adoption gallery and add your own! Please send us more …

Minnow Saves Guppy

Minnow Saves Guppy

Posted by Pia

Last week I had the pleasure of introducing you to my new little rescued girl, Minnow. Well this week I get to report on another little dog whose life was drastically changed for the better as a result of that post! As I was writing about Minnow and
searching my emails for the original photos that …

Meet Minnow

Meet Minnow

Posted by Pia

It is with great pride and pleasure that I introduce you to my newest fur child, Minnow! She arrived at 5 years old weighing 3 lbs, 11 oz of pure love and joy! Mother and daughter are resting comfortably
You may have gathered from my tribute to the late great Pickles, that I …

A Tribute to Pickles, Part 2

A Tribute to Pickles, Part 2

Posted by Pia

I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of your kind comments following Part 1 of my tribute to Pickles last week!
Soon after joining you here at the DW, I wrote about the challenges of losing a companion animal. And it is now that I am sharing some of my personal thoughts on the very …

A Tribute to Pickles, Part 1

A Tribute to Pickles, Part 1

Posted by Pia

I can’t believe it’s been a year already! I thank you all for being such engaged and supportive readers since my having joined you here at the DW. I also want to thank Martha and DW editor Mark Ganem for inviting me to join such elegant canine authors as Frannie and Sharkey!
Many of you wrote …