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Julian Castro’s PAW Plan

The campaigning for the US presidential election is just getting started.  Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro has upped the ante with his release of a plan for animals – both domestic and wild.

Julian Castro

I don’t know a lot about Mr Castro, except that he served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama.

It’s really great to see a policy statement that includes things like:

  • Opposing efforts to prohibit pets in social housing
  • Implementing pet-friendly and breed-neutral policies in affordable housing
  • Supporting animal companionship in federal policy because “pets are considered family and federal policy on housing should reflect that”
  • Prohibiting the testing of cosmetic products on animals

Plus policies addressing dog breeding, strengthening the Endangered Species Act, establishing a National Wildlife Recovery Fund ….and more.

Read the full Protecting Animals and Wildlife (PAW) Plan here

Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Daisy’s crystals

Daisy hasn’t been her usual self for the last 8 weeks or so and, in consultation with her acupuncture vet and her regular vet, we’ve decided that she is showing signs of dementia.  Things like wandering around at night unable to settle and waking me (Mum) about every two hours….and having trouble negotiating doorways.

I’ve made changes in our healthcare regime which include introducing a new supplement and changing her diet.  The good news is that I have seen some improvement over the last week and I hope it continues.

Given that time is precious and every day over age 13 is a blessing, I have also decided to try crystal healing for the first time.  My opinion is that even if it doesn’t do a thing, she looks really cute wearing her crystals around her neck!

I hope you agree.

Have you ever used crystal healing on your dog?

Daisy with crystals

Daisy is wearing an amethyst for clearing negative energy and as an all-around healer.  Her clear quartz is a master healer for all conditions and is meant to strengthen her immune system and offer protection.

Daisy is wearing an amethyst for clearing negative energy and as an all-around healer. Her clear quartz is a master healer for all conditions and is meant to strengthen her immune system and offer protection.

Daisy is very relaxed about having her crystals around her neck.

Daisy is very relaxed about having her crystals around her neck.

Of dogs, house dust and asthma…

This is a tale of how owning a dog can help protect your child from asthma.  Strange, but true.

Researcher Dr Kei Fujimura used mice to test the impact of house dust from homes where a dog lived and from those that didn’t.  She found (and her study was presented at a recent meeting of the American Society for Microbiology) that the dust from households with dogs seemed to have a beneficial effect.

Mice who were fed dust from these households developed an immune response to RSV(respiratory syncytial virus).  Infants who contract this virus have a marked increase in their risk of developing asthma.  RSV affects 90% of children worldwide.  That makes this study significant.

Dr Fujimura says these results support the hypothesis that exposure to animals in early childhood stimulates the immune system to resist the development of asthma and other allergies.

Another reason to introduce your children to the wonders of dog ownership at an early age!

Source:  Discovery News