Voluntary Pedigree Dogfood Recall
Affected product may contain small pieces of blue plastic — which entered the food during the production process.
This is a recent New York Times Article about how a golden retriever named Devon is helping a returning veteran deal with post traumatic stress disorder. The power of human/animal bond in providing secure attachment and healing is rapidly becoming a hot topic that will hopefully generate more research. Part of my internship for a Masters in Counseling will involve study in attachment theory. To my total delight, my internship sites value the healing presence of a dog in the counseling venue and I’ve been encouraged to bring one of my therapy dogs – either Irei or Tess – with me.
I’ll also be able to use my equine facilitated psychotherapy work toward internship credit. If you are unfamiliar with the healing power of the Horse as co-facilitator in the counseling and growth/learning process, I invite you to check out the website for my 501c3 non-profit: Work of Heart: Horse as Mentor that I share with psychiatrist, Nancy Coyne (www.workofheart.net).
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This past weekend I competed with Moet in a CPE (Canine Performance Events) trial in Portland, ME. We entered 8 classes and earned 8 qualifying scores, 7 of which were 1st and 2nd places! What that translates into was that my dog was able to shift from handler or obstacle focus as I asked her to, and she read my cues ( that I gave accurately) with ease. We had speed, no faults, a couple close calls that required more information from me for her to complete her weaves. I played with her in an exuberant, goofy way following each run so she learns that a job well done yields fun time with me. She ran joyfully and with confidence, and we both had a great time being in the company of the other.