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 Tuesday December 14, 2010 - Issue #516

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From The Editor

Gary and Morris 

Creating Canine Caregivers

The phone rang as I was preparing to leave the office and drive upstate to host the 100th Fearless Caregiver Conference. I donít exactly know why I didnít let it go to voicemail. The car was packed and everyone was aboard except me.  Morris, my puppy, was barking at all the commotion and I couldnít get him settled down. When I picked up the phone, on the line was Bob Taylor, who started to tell an extremely interesting tale about his ability to train dogs to support our loved ones living with autism or Alzheimerís disease.

When I told him that we were essentially out the door and I would call him back on my return, he offhandedly asked if we were bringing my dog (who he heard barking in the background). I said that would be challenging as Morris barks at wheelchairs and walkers. He responded that he could easily solve that issueÖwhich stopped my exit from the building. What he said next made me sit down and talk with him in rapt attention for the next half hour. When I told him that Morris is the same breed as the dog in the movie As Good as It Gets, he replied that he had trained Jack Nicholson to handle dogs. He had my full attention....continued  

Take care

Gary Barg



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Training a Service Assistance Dog 

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What we do with our dogs is a life and death business.  We realize that if we donít train our dogs correctly, someone is going to dieóeither the dog or the handler.  Because of this, our consciousness is sharp, focused, and intense on producing the needed results for our K9s through our training...continued

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Animals as Caregivers 

By Frances Maguire Paist

ďItís funny how dogs and cats know the insides of folks better than other folks do, isnít it?Ē With those words written in 1912, Pollyanna author Eleanor Porter foreshadowed what many of our nationís leading long-term care facilities have learned only recently, that animals hold the one of the keys to graceful aging....continued

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Guest Column

My Mother's Creatures - Great and Small

By Felicia Mitchell

I love the story of Noah and his ark.   I donít care if the story is factual or not.  What appeals to me is an ark full of animals under the care of loving humans, awash in waters blanketing an earth that needed a good cleaning. I like the happy ending when the dove returns.

My mother Audrey has always loved animals.  After her children grew up and left home, she began to show loving concern for the animals around her, from adopted cats to mourning doves that perched on wires outside her house to a lizard she fed lettuce to in a jar top on her sun porch...continued

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Tips: When Family Pets Canít Move with Your Loved One

From David G in Oregon

The best of all possibilities is finding people in the community to take the pets; people who would visit with the pets. This would keep a connection between their new life and old; and seeing their pets would be a boost for them. As we age, we gain certain things and we lose certain things. ...continued

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Creating Canine Caregivers

Sponsored Article
Training a Service Assistance Dog†

Feature Article

Animals as Caregivers†
Guest Column

My Mother's Creatures - Great and Small


Tips: When Family Pets Canít Move with Your Loved One



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