A special observation by ABBY's mom on Alzheimer's and our babies....
When you approach a person sitting with their head down or back in their chair with eyes closed your first thought is not to disturb them, they are sleeping and you keep saying "Hello, Hello", with no response. So you tend to move on to the next person who may be awake and just starring at the floor or wall.
This is when you pause and ask yourself why you came? But all of a sudden that person sleeping so soundly opens their eyes and my little Abby is in their face and they grab her and smile and you hear Aaawww.
They will often cry and then you cry and then you KNOW why you came. For one brief second a little light comes on somewhere in their brain and they have a brief contact to their past. It may be their only contact to their past since we were last there. It may be only a second until they drop their head again retreating to the lost land they live in with no memory of what just happened. You know there must be a light still in there and the more we can turn it on, the more our dogs might be helping in the slowing of this dreaded disease.
I truly believe our dogs understand this disease and are very aware of the magic they work. They seem to possess a special awareness deeper than we know.
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Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy
Animal assisted-therapy promotes both physical and psychological healing. Spending time with therapy animals provides many social, emotional, cognitive and relaxation benefits. Some of the benefits found are:
• A release of endorphins which lowers pain levels, decreases anxiety and increases relaxation
• Lowered blood pressure and heart rate, and improved blood oxygenation
• Decreased cortisol (stress hormone) levels
• Improved mood and increased motivation
• Decreased loneliness
• Improved depression symptoms
Interested in a visit from one of our pet therapy teams?
We are an organization of caring volunteers and we offer our services at no cost. Our focus is to provide patient-friendly interaction with pets with the utmost respect and compassion.
Please ask for a business card from a member in your area and we can arrange a local visit.
Helping Those In Need, One Paw At A Time
She thanked us for what we do and the visits we make and for our beautiful dogs.
I wanted to send this to you about meeting the most inspirational woman on our visit – she told us she was dying of cancer. She was so positive and so thrilled to see the dogs and thankful that God had given her time to tell her family and loved ones her goodbye’s and that she loved them. She had a 3 year old Bichon/Shih Tzu mix that reminded her of GiGi and she held and kissed the dogs. (To read the rest of the story click on this link..
"THE MAGIC of GIVING BACK" is once again returning to the Tampa Bay Area. PAWS has been given the honor of participating in MACY's "Shop for a Cause" a wonderful and rewarding event. While it is scheduled for Saturday, August 29th tickets are available N O W! We are getting closer to this grand event and our goal is to sell ALL of our allotted tickets. We still have tickets available for YOU to purchase. For information on how and where to get YOUR tickets TODAY please contact corporate headquarters by phone or email for the details.
As an added incentive there will be prizes for the TOP TICKET SELLERS. To see these prizes
IMPORTANT RECALL IMPORTANT RECALL
Dear Fellow Dog Lover,
On April 22, 2015, the FDA announced that Nylabone Products of Neptune, New Jersey, is recalling one lot of its Puppy Starter Kit dog chews due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
To learn which products are affected, please visit the following link:
Nylabone Dog Chews Recall <=>
Please be sure to share the news of this alert with other pet owners.
Mike Sagman, Editor
The Dog Food AdvisorP.S.
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IMPORTANT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT
PLEASE be aware of a Canine Influenza crossing the Nation, IF you do visit Dog Parks please use baby wipes to clean off your babies feet once through. These are also recommended after you leave any facility.
GIZMO is in the news!!
Our very own GIZMO from CT was invited to their House AND Senate to represent ALL Therapy Pets in CT J we hope to have a video on our beautiful website soon!! CONGRATULATIONS GIZMO!!! We are very proud of you!! The Vote was final 36 YEA and 0 NAY! A Bill will now pass making Therapy Dogs more accessible to children in crisis. How WONDERFUL is that!
When things seem to be going a little too fast take a lesson from Daisy Mae....
We are proudly celebrating 22 years of volunteer service in 2015
We are all volunteers with no paid staff. Donations are sincerely appreciated, they help us grow and reach those in need of a wagging tail! All donations are tax deductible. We appreciate your visiting our website, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns, thank you!
Please know we believe in Tittering for your pet, and we believe in the "raw diet" if this is what is best for your pet. You and your veterinarian know exactly what your pet needs to make sure it is the healthiest it can be! Thank you!
Our Mission Statement:
Paws For Friendship Incorporated is a non-profit Organization of Volunteers sharing the unconditional love of their personal pets with people in need throughout the world.
Love is ageless.....................................visit a nursing home...................
One of our Members will be happy to contact you within 24 hours. For urgent needs call us at:(813) 969-1954
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