Pets in the Workplace

There is a growing movement among businesses to introduce wellness programs into their work environment.  It’s a response by employers to help reduce stress in the workplace, stress that can lead to reduced productivity and even loss of an employee.   Programs such as yoga, meditation, exercise, nutritional advice, help for addiction….. all directed toward improving…

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Natural Helpers

My lifework as a veterinarian has been rewarded many times over with interesting stories of pets becoming “members of the family”, forever altering the traditional meaning of siblings.  Many of these stories are about the curious ways pets help their human partners through difficult times—like this pandemic.  Because of a shared bond, the human-animal bond,…

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Living in the Moment………

Years ago, when Bailee, my Springer spaniel and Shilo, a yellow Lab were still alive, we took evening walks together in the woods near my home in Colbert.  They were my constant companions, anxiously waiting my return from a long day’s work at my veterinary hospital. The memory is as vivid as if it happened…

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Our Four-legged Rascals

A baby and a puppy

The Plastic Bowl I enjoy retirement. Those busy days of veterinary work are behind me now, leaving me with a medley of memories to sort through whenever I feel the urge to entertain myself. Today my mind landed on this one: Dogs love to chew, especially puppies. They chew up furniture, kid’s toys, shoes, dish…

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Memories From the Heart

We are born with this wonderful capacity to bond. The bond is what animates life and infuses it with joy, but also with sorrow over times of loss. When I think of miracles, I think of bonding and I celebrate the gift we humans receive when we also bond with those four-legged companions we call…

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Pet Mentoring

A family and a dog

Living in the Moment In writing my book, Tails, I came upon the realization that pets are wonderful “wordless” mentors. My own two pets, Shilo, a yellow Lab and Bailee, a black and white Springer Spaniel, silently taught me about “living in the moment”. They helped me recognize I have a human condition called negativity…

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