The Year of the Dog
By Denise on January 29, 2006
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Pets make really good medicine according to the folks at the Center for Human-Animal Bond at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. There are plenty of women in the blogosphere who will agree but since this is the Year of the Dog, let's focus on companion dogs.
Jess and Jetta share university life with us - Jetta gets an awful lot of attention, even from professors.
Emma and Mary at Life With a Service Dog pass on some great advice and information, and they do it with kindness.
Everyone asked to pet her. I try to be respectful and explain she is working. The common line is "But I love dogs so much". I don't think they realize that they are not the only one who asks. My husband thought I handle them patiently and that is important to me. I don't want to be rude. I am happy to educate people. I always thank people for asking and explain it is tough to say no but I have to do so.
Finally, my favorite service dog blog, The Willa Woman. She never wanted a dog, until she became disabled. She's training her third service dog and she's amazing. She shares dog training tips, fantastic dog anecdotes, tips for dealing with disability and more. I think I want to be The Willa Woman when I grow up.
If you're interested in learning more about assistance dogs, visit the Assistance Dogs International website.
PS. Just for fun, and maybe a mental health break, I suggest you add Patience to your list of regular blogs to visit. Patience was born in December of 2005 and she's beautiful...