War Memorial pays tribute to animals that served in conflicts – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Soldiers with their dogs stand at the Australian War Memorial (photo by Siobhan Heanue, ABC)

Soldiers with their dogs stand at the Australian War Memorial (photo by Siobhan Heanue, ABC)

On the eve of Anzac Day, here’s a special story about service animals honoured recently at the Australiam War Memorial.

War Memorial pays tribute to animals that served in conflicts – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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Wordless Wednesday, part 31

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Cleaning up after digestive indiscretions

Simple GreenLet’s just say that Daisy had the largest ‘digestive indiscretion’ of her life recently.  I won’t go into the details (it was horrific for both of us).

Thankfully, I had this cleaning product in my cupboard.

Simple Green is a well-known manufacturer of non-toxic and biodegradable cleaners.   It is very easy to use – shake the bottle, saturate the stain and then scrub gently.

It handled all of Daisy’s little accidents very well.  When I had guests just few days later, they told me that they couldn’t see a single spot on the carpet!  (And they didn’t smell anything, either)

What I particularly like about this product is that it is safe for pets and people and it’s fragrance is not overpowering.  How many cleaners have you tried that are overpowering in their smell, while claiming that they deodorize? This isn’t one of those.  It truly helped with the smell without causing me to have to open the windows before being overcome by the fragrance.

****Highly recommended for all dog owners****

(I purchased my Simple Green dog pet stain and odor remover from my local pet store; I have not been paid for my endorsement)

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

 

Happy Easter!

Helga, the Bernese Mountain Dog, wishes all of our Canine Catering customers and blog subscribers a Happy Easter….

Photo by Dany Wu

Photo by Dany Wu

Golden Retrievers Bring Joy, Healing to Boston

DoggyMom.com:

The Golden Retriever comfort dogs are returning to Boston, one year on…great story!

See last year’s story in this blog post:  Luther and Ruthie go to Boston

Originally posted on The Daily Golden:

6 Golden Retrievers from the Lutheran Church Charities K9 Comfort Dogs will be in Boston to help bring joy and comfort to the thousands of people attending the area for the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21st.  2 of the comfort dogs,  Addie and Maggie are already in Boston.  They also plan to visit hospitals and first responders.

lcc3Luther, Ruthie, Hannah and Rufus will arrive in Boston tomorrow and will be stationed at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, 299 Berkley St.- just a few blocks away from where the bombings occurred last year.  The dogs work for about 3 hours at a time and then are given a break.

Here they are with LCC president Tim Hetzner and their wonderful handlers, preparing to leave.

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Photo – LCC Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs – Facebook

President of LCC Charities Tim Hetzner says

Our goal is to bring mercy…

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Dogs benefit children with autism

A University of Missouri researcher has studied dog ownership decisions in families of children with autism and found that parents report a range of benefits of dog ownership including companionship, stress relief and opportunities for their children to learn responsibility.

Photo credit: Noël Zia Lee, Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Noël Zia Lee, Wikimedia Commons

‘Children with autism spectrum disorders often struggle with interacting with others, which can make it difficult for them to form friendships,’ said Gretchen Carlisle, the study’s author. ‘Children with autism may especially benefit from interacting with dogs, which can provide unconditional, nonjudgmental love and companionship to the children.’

Carlisle interviewed 70 parents of children with autism.  Nearly two-thirds of the parents in the study owned dogs, and of those parents, 94 percent reported their children with autism were bonded to their dogs. Even in families without dogs, 70 percent of parents said their children with autism liked dogs.

‘Bringing a dog into any family is a big step, but for families of children with autism, getting a dog should be a decision that’s taken very seriously.  If a child with autism is sensitive to loud noises, choosing a dog that is likely to bark will not provide the best match for the child and the family. If the child has touch sensitivities, perhaps a dog with a softer coat, such as a poodle, would be better than a dog with a wiry or rough coat, such as a terrier.’

The study, “Pet Dog Ownership Decisions for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder,” was published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing earlier this year.

Source:  University of Missouri media release

For more about the benefits of dogs for people with autism, read my post Dogs are a ‘social lubricant’ in helping people with autism

Canada Post’s Adopt a Pet stamps

Canada Post’s Adopt a Pet stamps feature two dogs (as well as a two cats and a parrot) to promote the message of animal adoption.

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A partnership with the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS), the stamps help to spread the word that when looking for a pet, the first stop of animal lovers should be their local humane society or SPCA.

For more about dogs on stamps, read my post on US stamps in honour of working dogs