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Here are some of the dogs….. Past & Current, who we have had as members of our family.

Jip …past, Pepper …past, Suzie …past, Muchie …past, Cookie ( LuLu) …past,

Sadie Sue …current.

We have always Loved Dogs. We appreciate them and will always remember them for their devotion to us and the wonderful joy they gave us.

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Comfort Dogs Come to Boston After the Bombing

More Proof that Dogs bring Great Comfort…………………………..

After the Bombing, Comfort Dogs Come to Boston
3 days ago A charity group has brought five trained therapy dogs to Boston to comfort people reeling from the Boston marathon bombing.


Katia Andreassi and Amanda Fiegl

National Geographic News

Published April 18, 2013

 how-therapy-dogs-will-help-boston-bombing-victims_66462_600x450Comfort in the form of five tail-wagging, furry-faced golden retrievers has been dispatched to aid those reeling from the Boston marathon bombing.

The dogs are specially trained therapy dogs brought to Boston by Lutheran Church Charities. They will be stationed at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, a few blocks from where bombs exploded at the marathon finish line on Monday.

The dogs have reassured people following crises like shootings and natural disasters, and they regularly visit nursing homes. Tim Hetzner, the team leader for the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs, said he got the idea after seeing how well students responded to therapy dogs in the wake of a 2008 school shooting at Northern Illinois University.

In Boston, like on their other visits, he’ll take the dogs only where they’re invited and will be careful to let people approach the dogs instead of vice versa, in case anyone is afraid of or allergic to the animals. The dogs are scheduled to stay in the area until Sunday.

In December, some of the same dogs went to Newtown, Connecticut, to comfort children and adults in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

After that event, National Geographic’s Amanda Fiegl interviewed Tim Hetzerabout the work of the K-9 Comfort Dogs, and delved further into the healing power of dogs. Here is an excerpt from her report:

The Human-Canine Bond

Why does petting a dog make us feel better? It’s not just because they’re cute, says Brian Hare, director of Duke University’s Canine Cognition Center.

The human-canine bond goes back thousands of years. Dogs descend from wolves and have been attracted to humans ever since we began living in settlements-a source of tasty garbage. That created an advantage for wolves to live near humans, and since it tended to be the less aggressive wolves that could do this more effectively, they essentially self-domesticated over time, according to Hare.

Part of what makes dogs special is that they are one of the only species that does not generally exhibit xenophobia, meaning fear of strangers, says Hare.

“We’ve done research on this, and what we’ve found is that not only are most dogs totally not xenophobic, they’re actually xenophilic-they love strangers!” Hare said. “That’s one way in which you could say dogs are ‘better’ than people. We’re not always that welcoming.”

People also benefit from interacting with canines. Simply petting a dog can decrease levels of stress hormones, regulate breathing, and lower blood pressure. Research also has shown that petting releases oxytocin, a hormone associated with bonding and affection, in both the dog and the human.

Do Dogs Have Empathy?

In situations like the Newtown shootings, it makes a lot of sense that dogs would be an effective form of comfort, says psychologist Debbie Custance of Goldsmiths College, University of London.

“Dogs are social creatures that respond to us quite sensitively, and they seem to respond to our emotions,” she said.

Custance recently led a study to see whether dogs demonstrated empathy. She asked volunteers to either pretend to cry, or just “hum in a weird way.” Would the dogs notice the difference?

“The response was extraordinary,” she said. Nearly all of the dogs came over to nuzzle or lick the crying person, whether it was the owner or a stranger, while they paid little attention when people were merely humming.

“We’re not saying this is definitive evidence that dogs have empathy-but I can certainly understand why people would think they do, at least,” Custance said.

Other animals can also be useful in what’s known as “animal-assisted therapy.” The national organization Pet Partners has 11,000 registered teams of volunteer handlers and animals that visit nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and victims of tragedy and disaster. Although most of the teams use dogs, some involve horses, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, and even barnyard animals like pigs and chickens.

The presence of an animal can help facilitate a discussion with human counselors or simply provide wordless emotional release, said Rachel Wright, director of Pet Partners’ therapy animal program. The group plans to deploy several teams of therapy dogs to Newtown in the near future, working closely with agencies that are already present in the community, she said.

To some, the idea of sending a dog to a grieving person might seem too simplistic. But Custance says that very simplicity is part of what makes the connection between humans and canines so powerful.

“When humans show us affection, it’s quite a complicated thing that involves expectations and judgments,” she said. “But with a dog, it’s a very uncomplicated, nonchallenging interaction with no consequences. And if you’ve been through a hard time, it’s lovely to have that.”


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Dogs in Tights…. This will crack You Up!

Dogs in Tights…. This will crack You Up!

Until recently, the only association I made between dogs and pantyhose would have involved an unfortunate trip to the vet. Of the inanimate objects pulled from pets’ gastrointestinal tracts — from drywall and hearing aids to corn cobs and toy cars — pantyhose, and their cousins, socks and underwear, top the list.

But last week, dogs and pantyhose found themselves a new union. Dog owners in China have started a fad of dressing their dogs in pantyhose and, in some cases, pantyhose and high-heeled shoes.

Dog in Panties 1A response of, “What the…?!” flooded the Web. One early article even came with the disclaimer, “This post contains content that some readers might find offensive.”

A Huffington Post Quick Poll asked readers to vote whether dogs in pantyhose is “good old harmless fun” or “sinister and vile.” Readers show support for the latter: “I find these photos very disturbing and unsettling. They make me feel unclean somehow and I don’t really know why,” and “Absolutely gross, makes me want to vomit.”

It is easy to see why people would be upset. The images might evoke the sexualization of non-human animals or even bestiality. But for a moment, put aside any social (or sexual) connotations of pantyhose and think about pantyhose from the dog’s perspective.

What are pantyhose to dogs? For one thing, highly constricting. Often made of nylon, pantyhose can easily cut off a dog’s urination and defecation pathways. And many of the dogs in pantyhose are pictured lying down, possibly because mobility has been hindered by, yes, those tight pantyhose. So a dog in pantyhose for an entire afternoon is probably not a good idea.

Dog in Pantyhose

Dog in pantyhose

But what else? In the photos, the pantyhose don’t appear ripped or shredded. There are no massive holes or major runs from a toenail catching an edge. If anything, the dogs seem to have done a better job of getting into tights than I!

This is to say, companion dogs have been placed in pantyhose by the person or people they live with, seemingly without much resistance. Dogs didn’t wind up in pantyhose because they were ambushed by a stranger who jammed them into this attire. Dogs let particular people put them in this silly getup. Dogs and pantyhose is made possible by a relationship.

Behind dogs in pantyhose — and behind much of the dog-human relationship — is an immense amount of tolerance, often from dogs toward the people they live with. People do the silliest things with their companion dogs, things that, left to their own accord, dogs would not normally do.

We dress them up and have them eat like humans:

Two Dogs Dining

We costume them up for various occasions:

Elf Bruno

And of course, there are weddings and birthday parties. Much of this can be categorized as “putting things on dogs” both literally and figuratively.

Do dogs mind? Studies find that dogs extend different levels of tolerance to people they do or don’t know. After being exposed to a threatening approach from either a dog’s owner or a stranger, the threatening approach from a well-known person didn’t rankle the dogs. Dogs tend to want to associate and interact with known people, even after odd behavior. For example, a dog might recognize when its owner is “just kidding,” as often seen in play.

But while many dogs living as companion pets might tolerate our human whims — and some dogs might even anticipate that a doggie costume signifies an awesome parade is up next (if they are into that sort of thing) — there are plausible downsides. Will people have an expectation of tolerance, assuming that companion dogs will be comfortable with and amenable to all the various social and environmental contexts in which we place them? The danger is that we might forget what the dog wants (and many dogs do not want pantyhose). After all, if we ask a dog what he feels like doing, here’s how many would respond:

Butt sniffing yin yang

Dogs in pantyhose | Dog Spies, Scientific American Blog Network
3 days ago Until recently, the only association I made between dogs and pantyhose would have involved an unfortunate trip to the vet. Of the inanimate

Photos: Dogs in pantyhose via Huffington Post; Two Dogs Dining via YouTube; Elf Bruno via Cynr on Flicker; Butt Sniffing Ying Yang via Tim Dorr on Flicker