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Power of Animal Therapy

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I believe in animal therapy.

I know how much a dog can brighten the worst day in my own life.

And this is an amazing story my friend told me about a man she knew who was a donkey owner:

This man took his pet miniature donkey to a nursing home regularly. He trusted the donkey because he knew it would never bite anyone with its calm temperament.

One day the donkey ran away from the man while he was at the nursing home. He was mortified; the donkey had never done anything like this before. He was frantically searching the building for the donkey.

And then he found the donkey down corridors and through a door into a room with an elderly man. The man was in tears, and the donkey owner thought the donkey had bitten him. But the donkey had its head resting on the elderly man’s lap and the man was just sobbing.

The man told the donkey owner that he’d been a donkey handler while overseas during a war. The man felt lonely and isolated in the nursing home ever since the war, but this donkey came to him and simply rested its head on the man’s lap and stayed there as if to comfort the man.

The man was given what he needed. He missed being with donkeys. He was comforted, and the donkey made him not feel alone anymore.

The donkey owner was gobsmacked. The donkey set off straight to this man’s room with such purpose and ran through corridors and different areas of the building to get to him.

I think it’s amazing. Animals amaze me. I know dogs can be very in tune with people’s feelings and know when people are sad.

I love animals so much, and this story just makes them love them more!

Puppy Love

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WOW! We actually got a scientific study report in the news that verifies something dog lovers have known for a long time! In a two-year study performed at Emory University in which researchers trained dogs to go into MRI scanners, it has been found that the dogs’ brains show high activity in emotion scans.

In other words, it is now proven scientifically that dogs have feelings! One of the most obvious feelings we see in man’s best friend is love. I doubt that any caring dog owner will disagree with these findings. We have all seen it in our four-legged buddies time and time again.

Maybe that is part of the reason why we consider them man’s best friend. Because even without the scientific proof, we have been able to detect this emotion by living with them on a daily basis.

The head researcher was quoted as saying that “dogs are people” and that this study proves it. Even dog lovers separate that human ability to self-determine where dogs do not possess that ability. Dogs are what we make of them. In other words, if a dog was kept in a home where it did not receive a lot of attention and love and affection, it would most likely not be a friendly, loving animal.

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They would have the ability to love, but would not become very loving. They could not choose to be loving if they wanted to, it would be entirely based on the way their owners treated them. And that, is where I believe the difference lies.

There was a commercial many years ago in which they focused on how animals and their owners began to look alike after a while. I won’t go that far, but I know that I have had an impact on my pooch’s personality. I know that we have raised our dogs in a loving home and they have not wanted for attention at any point and time. And I believe their personalities reflect that.

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So now we have scientific proof that dogs absolutely connect with their human’s on an emotional level. If only we can find a way to get them to talk, I am quite sure it could become quite a dilemma for men or women who don’t! 

A Match Made in Heaven

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Like people might know, this blog is eager to share positive new and hope. Look at our page “Let us change the world” for more on the same. Hope you like this reblog from “Hope”, a girl who has a really interesting blog and thoughts.

 

Find the Good Friday: A Match Made In Heaven

Posted on August 2, 2013by 

I love a good romance or friendship story. My heart has a special connection with those  the world sees as disabled or handicapped. I love dogs, and stories of rescues. My Enos was on his way to the pound, a high kill pound when we rescued him.

So you can imagine the feeling in my heart as I read the story of Eve and Dillon this morning in the Huffington Post.

So sweet.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/01/marleys-mutts-eve-dillon_n_3685072.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news

How to do small things for others: Inspiration

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Two posts have tried to give inspiration on what you can do for others. The following post, focus on what people actually have done. Hope this will make you smile:)

Posted: Thu 09/20/2012 01:44 PM | By: Sarah Protzman Howlett
Photo: Damon Carson, Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post
Photo: Damon Carson, Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post

Damon Carson is a self-described tightwad. The tattered desk chair in his Denver office was pulled from a Dumpster—a decade ago. He drives a used ’99 Chevy Silverado and wears thrift-store clothes. For several years, Carson ran a garbage company in the ritzy Colorado ski towns of Vail and Breckenridge, which regularly brought him to a local landfill. There he often saw brand-new windows and cabinets amid the rubble, and sometimes rescued these items from the pile. “It was heartbreaking to see perfectly good things about to be buried,” he says.

In 2010, eight years after Carson sold his trash company, an artist friend in the billboard industry mentioned that the massive ads, removed from their boards, watermade great drop cloths for painting. The wheels in Carson’s head began to turn. He found a few billboards for sale, and put out feelers to friends in the agriculture and construction industries to see if they had any use for them. Thanks to his intervention, the billboards were reborn as tarps to cover hay and building materials. “We quickly ran out,” says Carson, who was so encouraged that he started reaching out to more industries—from bowling pin manufacturers to poultry farmers—to inquire about purchasing hard-to-recycle items.

Soon he’d founded Repurposed Materials, a company that turns would-be trash into valuable commodities. Torn-down billboards become pond liners, projection screens, even makeshift Slip ‘N Slides. Synthetic turf from football fields is refashioned into cushioning for egg-laying chickens. And when one customer intuited that street-sweepers’ brushes, stood on end, could be back scratchers for livestock, Carson sold two to the Bronx Zoo for its rhinoceros pen. “We’re helping industries pool their knowledge,” he says. “And our customers spend far less than they would buying similar products new.”

Carson now spends his days devouring trade magazines and visiting businesses to examine what they’re throwing away. “This is my second foray into the waste stream of America,” he says with a laugh. “Round one, I was burying things in the landfill. Round two, I’m trying to keep them out.”

Sevenly is the brainchild of two young entrepreneurs, Dale Partridge and Aaron Chavez, who wanted to find a way of battling apathy in the face of widespread suffering. Sevenly’s Ryan Wood told me, “Sevenly was developed around the belief that people matter. We figured that if we could just start getting people to give, then we could get them to care.” So every week, they choose a cause they’d like to support, from battling poverty among Thai children to helping people suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts. They assess the appropriate charities, find one they think is most effective, and then work with their team of designers to create the t-shirts. Each time someone buys a shirt, $7 (Get it? Sevenly?) goes to the charity of the week.

It’s a clever concept, and one that’s proving to be effective: check out the page of past campaigns and the amounts they’ve helped to raise. What an appealing way to do your good deed today, am I right?
After the birth of my first daughter, my best friend surprised me one evening by offering to do the midnight watch. She handled all the diaper changes and feedings, allowing me and my husband to get a full night’s rest.
Kathrynn Schmidt
Redford, Michigan

I enjoy raking leaves, but last year I did not have the time or the energy to do it, and my neighbors knew how frustrated I was. One night I came home from work to find that they had raked all the leaves in my yard.
Charlotte Link
The Dalles, Oregon

helpWhen I was in college, my nine-year-old brother gave me a $5 bill for emergencies.
Alma Reyes
Valencia, Californiaape

Read more:

http://www.realsimple.com/magazine-more/inside-magazine/your-words/nicest-thing-done-for-you-00000000001009/index.html

Recently, Don Hill was on driving home through the North Georgia Mountains above the small former gold rush town of Dahlonega, Georgia when on a grassy island in the middle of a hectic and dangerous intersection he saw a German Shepherd pacing back and forth. Obviously frightened to death, the dog was emaciated and holding up an injured hind leg.

“My heart was pounding in my chest,” Don said. “I was so scared it was going to run out in to the very heavy traffic before I could do anything and I was going to see it die right there in front of me.”

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Don crossed two four lane highways to reach the dog and then slowly, over the course of 20 minutes of Don calmly coaxing the dog while crouched down on the ground, the dog summoned the courage to sniff Don. Just at the moment when Don was about to slip a leash around his neck, someone sounded their horn and the dog flew into traffic. Without hesitation, Don dove across the lanes too and grabbed the dog and carried it back to safety on the shoulder.  A state trooper who witnessed the incident said, “said, “Mr. Hill, that was either the dumbest or the bravest thing I have ever seen.”

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Don credits his guardian angel for leading him to the dog that day and for keeping them both safe during that dangerous rescue.

http://www.beliefnet.com/Love-Family/Pets/Galleries/5-Heroic-And-Heartwarming-Animal-Rescues.aspx?p=5&b=1