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One of the residents that Breezy and I visit weekly, is a lovely lady named Mary Lou. This is a picture of she and Breezy from last Summer. Unfortunately, Mary Lou passed away recently. I had her Daughters cell number, as she had sent me this picture last year. Upon hearing of her Mom's passing, I texted her a quick note, sending our condolences. Below is what she wrote back. I already knew that all of us volunteers make a big difference with our visits. But reading her kind words, really touched me. I wanted to share with you. Feel free to share with others.
Neil & Breezy
Volunteer Gini Longarzo recently got volunteer Pam Driggs and her grey-baby Tiger involved with Paws for Friendship. I asked Gini about her experience with Paws for Friendship, this is what she said;
"We are in our third year with PFF. For the first year we did nursing homes and rehab centers, then added the school and that seems to be the best fit for us. Lily is 12 now and we both get a little tired walking the halls of the nursing homes, but it is all rewarding.
The students love Lily and look forward to her visit every week. They just had a joint birthday party for Lily and Gavin. The kids were so excited. They made cards, gave the dogs gifts and just thoroughly enjoyed themselves!
It definitely is a win-win solution for both the students and the dogs (as well as the teachers, the aides and me!!). The teachers noticed changes in the children after just the first visit. They are calm, while they are petting Lily and reading without judgment".
Pam Driggs feels that the program will be good for her tiger too. "We finally had Tiger's first day in the Paws For Friendship program. We went to a local school and the kids took turns reading to him. It was a hit all around!! We can't wait to go back!!"
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.
"Hi Neil, Thank you so much for your heartfelt words about my Mom!!! I am so thankful that mom enabled us to cross paths:) She loved seeing Breezy and I know how much joy that brought her. You and Breezy represented what she knew, because of her years working in a veterinary clinic. She was comfortable around dogs and you and Breezy are an exceptional team!!! I wish you much joy in the future and please know what an incredible person you are and how much you and Breezy cheer people, patients and families!!!! With sincere love Pam"
DAISY MAE in an Edwards Subaru commercial
Mary Lou and her friend BREEZY
Our visits really DO make a difference
Layla and I at The Jordon Porco Foundation in Hartford, CT
We were humbled to learn that Paws For Friendship Inc has been awarded the 2016 Great Nonprofits Top Rated Award. Thank you to all who support us. It takes a village, and we could do nothing without all of you!
Greyhounds & Volunteers doing Greyt things!
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.
12 Hacks to make YOU and YOUR Dog's Life EASIER
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• Good nutrition and regular exercise are key to a healthy immune system. Feed your dog a high-quality diet that uses human-grade ingredients and little to no preservatives or additives.
• Keep your dog at a healthy weight. As with humans, pets who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of developing many diseases, including cancer.
• Reduce your dog’s exposure to lawn chemicals and fertilizers, which have been linked to certain types of cancer. Use natural alternatives whenever possible. Learn more about lawn chemicals and your dog's health.
• Limit the use of chemical-based flea and tick products, which are often just pesticides that you apply directly to your dog’s skin and which can rub off on you and your family as well. Select natural alternatives as often as possible.
• Spay and neuter early.* Some types of cancer, including mammary cancer, are almost 100% preventable when your dog is spayed or neutered when they are young.
• Talk with your vet about your dog’s vaccination schedule and eliminate those that aren’t absolutely necessary. Recent studies show that over-vaccinating can actually damage your dog’s immune system and is thought to be a major factor in the development of many chronic diseases, including cancer.
• ALWAYS wipe your dog’s paws off after being outside to prevent them from spreading or licking off any chemical residue from sidewalks, streets and grassy areas.
• Check your dog regularly for any lumps, bumps, or other abnormalities. You know your dog best, and you are the first line of defense in catching cancer early. Doing a full body check-up every month is important -- weekly checks are even better. Don't forget to look inside the mouth too! Monitor anything that seems suspicious and have it checked out by your vet if you have concerns. Don't be afraid to insist on a fine needle aspirate of a lump, or other test to rule out cancer. Early detection is critical, so trust your instincts if you think something is abnormal
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