Lady Gaga's dog walker Ryan Fischer, who was shot in February, learned just how close his brush with death was after he ended up back in the emergency room with a collapsed lung one week after his previous visit to the ER.
Because therapy animal handlers believe so strongly in the healing power of pets, in pre-pandemic times they volunteer to take their dogs and cats to hospitals, schools, assisted living facilities, airports, funeral homes, dentist offices and other places where animals can help reduce stress and offer support.
Alan and Cap reuniting at his nursing home in Kendal, Cumbria (Picture: SallyAnn Fisher / SWNS.COM)They were able to stay for an hour with him before leaving to travel 300 miles home.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier with residents Valerie and George Cook (Picture: Susannah Ireland) The couple love Dodger’s monthly visits with owner Karen Gee (left) (Picture: Susannah Ireland) Dodger ‘knows how to behave with different residents’ (Picture: Susannah Ireland) Karen Martindale, manager of the care home, is a fan of her monthly visitor (Picture: Susannah Ireland).
Because your pet deserves a treat (Picture: Cheshire & Wain/Rachel Oates)Not sure what to get your furry friend this year?The Merchant’s Tail in Hackney was launched by pet labels Cheshire & Wain and Fetch & Follow, and will feature both festive experiences and shopping opportunities for animal lovers.
Mark Burchell, 54, pictured with guide dog Judi, survived bladder and prostate cancer in 2017 (Picture: Argus/Sax Rohmer Ltd)‘They were not only affecting my hospital trips but stopping me doing things I’d want to do afterwards, like socialising with friends.
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I’ve been seeing spectacular health improvements in pets fed on wholegrains, both home-cooked and commercially, for more than 40 years so I do know a bit about the subject.
“So, being careful not to overwhelm them initially can help them to adjust.” Dr. Mitchell recommends giving your new dog his own space, such as a small room or bathroom, providing him with downtime, and staggering introductions with family and friends so they happen over time, not all at once.
‘It does not usually take a dog that long to get used to someone but she needed extra time.’ (Picture: Leanne Wenban /SWNS.COM) Roxy now has her own bedroom complete with toys and treats, but she is still settling into the new home.
‘When out walking this autumn, it’s crucial to be aware of any dangerous plants and trees that might cause harm to your pet,’ PDSA veterinarian, Olivia Anderson-Nathan, tells Metro.co.uk.
Café Chat l’Heureux will be the first Cat Café in North America and is set to open this summer in Montreal, Quebec, as reported by Michael D’Alimonte of MTL Blog. So if you love coffee and cats, this might be your dreamland!
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