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For Veterans loneliness can be deadly.

April 2, 2020

Legislation already exists to get our service members the help they need through animal companions. We must make sure it passes and soon. While implementing social distancing and self-isolation are exactly the right steps if the United States is to slow the quickly increasing spread of COVID-19, we need to worry about the impact these new […]

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Homewood resident paired with life-changing service dog

April 2, 2020

For most of her life, 15-year-old Homewood resident Rachel Smolin has been under constant watch. She has epilepsy, so being alone for even five minutes could mean that a seizure goes unnoticed for too long. But with the help of Trixie, a golden retriever service dog, Rachel could eventually live a safe, independent life. Rachel […]

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Working from home? Tips for dog owners

April 2, 2020

As the coronavirus quarantine continues, the nation’s pet owners are spending an unprecedented number of hours working from home with their dogs. And while man’s best friend can be a source of great comfort during these difficult times, dogs can also impede the work process. Local dog-centric businesses have some advice for dog owners who […]

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Cops discover dog behind the wheel after high-speed chase: ‘I wish I could make this up’

April 2, 2020

A Washington resident was arrested on Sunday, March 29, following a high-speed chase. However, the man arrested wasn’t actually the one doing the driving; evidently, that was all his pit bull. The man, a resident of Lakewood, Washington, hit two cars while driving at more than 100 miles per hour before state troopers stepped in, […]

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COVID-19 patients and medical researchers hoping for cures

April 2, 2020

The coronavirus is impacting every community in our nation and is being met with a fierce fight from leaders across the U.S. On the front lines of this fight are medical professionals. The focus on this virus is leaving some medical issues on the back burner for the time being. Fred Carlson suffers from Amyotrophic […]

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First service puppy trainee for the NHL

April 2, 2020

The New York Rangers’ most significant recent free-agent acquisition might not have been superstar winger and MVP front-runner Artemi Panarin. Instead, their best signing might turn out to be a benchwarmer who managed to chew and claw his way into their hearts. The Blueshirts became the first NHL team to add a service-puppy trainee to […]

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Cats can get coronavirus and pass it to other cats; dogs are much less susceptible to the virus: study

April 2, 2020

Cats are susceptible to contracting the novel coronavirus, a preliminary study in China found. The researchers concluded that cats also can pass the coronavirus to other cats via “respiratory droplets.” This was determined by placing uninfected cats in enclosures adjacent to cages holding infected cats and closely monitoring their interactions. While the study showed that […]

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Shenzhen becomes first Chinese city to ban consumption of cats, dogs

April 2, 2020

The Chinese metropolis of Shenzhen has become the first city in the country to ban the sale and consumption of cat and dog meat amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report. The move comes after the outbreak of the illness — which emerged in Wuhan — has been linked to wildlife meat, prompting authorities […]

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The adorable service Labrador helping with the coronavirus pandemic

April 1, 2020

Across the world there are countless doctors, nurses and medical professionals helping in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. In one hospital in particular across the pond, there is a special someone helping to reduce stress among the brave health workers. A one-year-old service dog called Wynn is doing her bit in the Rose Medical […]

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Therapy dog visits children at home

April 1, 2020

These are difficult, anxious times for families holed up with small children. Ladd is here to help. The service dog normally does his calming and comforting at North Arlington’s Zentai Martial Arts studio. But these days, Allen DePeña, owner and operator of Zentai Martial Arts, has been taking him around to his younger students’ homes to deliver bags full of slime […]

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‘We Don’t Deserve Dogs’

April 1, 2020

Despite humanity’s often bad behavior toward people and animals alike, we still receive unconditional love and support from our darling, wet-nosed companions. In documentarian duo Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker’s “We Don’t Deserve Dogs,” the filmmakers’ dogged determination to showcase man’s best friend as mankind’s savior pays off as an essential experience. On all levels, it conjures the […]

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A helping paw

April 1, 2020

The health care needs of each person are multifaceted, consisting of various factors that makes everyone unique. Therefore, effective health care requires collaboration between various professionals to support healthy and meaningful lives. We celebrate April as National Occupational Therapy Month. Occupational therapists (OTs) play an important role across the lifespan in a child’s development or […]

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Pets deliver happiness

April 1, 2020

After receiving news that elderly residents were isolated to their rooms in local living facilities due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, a group of community members decided to share some germ-free smiles any way they could. “I started brainstorming things that could be done to help, such as putting bird feeders and […]

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Supporting your pets while working from home.

April 1, 2020

A downside of working from home is that many of my important work conversations are interrupted by what I have begun to refer to as my fur-workers,” said Candace Croney, fondly describing her cat, Bernie, and Havanese mix Desi. “They like to help me out by announcing the end of the world is coming because […]

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Can my pets be tested for coronavirus?

April 1, 2020

Last Thursday, the first cat tested positive for coronavirus.  The feline had diarrhea, vomiting, and difficulty breathing, and it had come down with COVID-19 about 1 week after its owner did, Belgian health officials announced. The same day, Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department reported that a 17-year-old Pomeranian—which had initially tested “weak positive” […]

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Delivery dog offers curbside wine pickup during the coronavirus lockdown

April 1, 2020

Maryland is getting the real-life equivalent of the brandy barrel-bearing St. Bernard of Alpine rescue lore — although instead of life-giving spirits, it’s carrying spirit-giving wine. It’s the social-distancing solution of Stone House Urban Winery in Hagerstown, which has introduced a delivery dog to its intrepid staff. His name is Soda Pup, a 75-pound brindle […]

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Should pets be tested for coronavirus?

April 1, 2020

Last Thursday, the first cat tested positive for the new coronavirus. The feline had diarrhea, vomiting, and difficulty breathing, and it had come down with COVID-19 about 1 week after its owner did, Belgian health officials announced. The same day, Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department reported that a 17-year-old Pomeranian—which had initially tested […]

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Dogs Rescued From Homes of Coronavirus Patients in Spain

April 1, 2020

Animal rescue teams in Madrid worked to collect dogs from homes abandoned by owners hit with the coronavirus. The pandemic has completely upended lives across the planet, restricting movement, shutting schools and forcing millions to work from home. While President Donald Trump insisted the United States was “winning” the war against the virus, individual states […]

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How to talk to your dog about social distancing

April 1, 2020

Have you had “the talk?” The one where you explain to your dog about social distancing? It’s not an easy conversation to have, I know. At first, I thought maybe I’d buy a book about it and leave it out so my dog could find it. That way my dog could digest the facts when […]

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Sheriff’s office gets new furry recruit

March 31, 2020

On Monday, Sheriff John T. Wilcher deputized a 4-month-old female labrador retriever to work at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The new recruit, Deputy Lexi, received her official badge and will provide support to faculty at the sheriff’s office. She was donated by the Talki Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that raises awareness and […]

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