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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Breast Cancer Awareness Ideas

Did you know that even though we are still in the Caronavirus pandemic we can still celebrate breast cancer awareness?




***Good News***


1. Men Get Breast Cancer

Did you know that men do get breast cancer? Possibly you have always thought of it as women’s disease, but according to Mayo-Clinic it does occur in men. They further add that it is most common in older men.


2. Good Listener

How good of a listener are you? This is a good time to be a good listener if you have a relative or friend that has Breast Cancer. Put your listening skills to work.


3. Breast Cancer Treats

Do you like to cook? This is an excellent time to put your cooking skills to use. You might want to make breast cancer cupcakes or cookies.


4. Breast Cancer Quiz


https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/breast-cancer-quiz.html


Have you taken the Breast Cancer Quiz? It is short, sweet, and snappy. This is something you might want to take in your spare time at cancer.org., to see how your knowledge rates regarding cancer. I decided to take it and I scored 6 out of 6.


5. Head Coverings

You may want to look into turban wraps and scarfs for head covering during chemotherapy. They also make for excellent gifts. Ecosystem had numerous head coverings that caught my eye.


6. Painting Rocks

Are you artistic? Whether you are or not modpodgerocksblog.com gives you step by step instructions on how to paint rocks. You can paint your own breast cancer ideas on the rock.


7. Breast Cancer Wreath

I find that Breast Cancer Wreaths are great for putting on the front door of your house. I received my first Breast Cancer Wreath from Amazon.com. I am really happy with it. It is even larger than I had anticipated.


8. More Education

You can never learn too much about breast cancer. Take the time to educate yourself even if you have never had breast cancer. Possibly you know of a friend or relative that has had it. According to blog.dana-farber.org there are top myths about breast cancer that you might want to know about.


9. Wear a Pink Ribbon

Have you considered wearing a pink ribbon or something pink during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness? I recall our choir director provided us with pink ribbons one year to honor breast cancer awareness. That was awesome.


10. Breast Cancer Walk

Find a breast cancer walk near you. Those that love to jog or walk this would be a great event for you.


11. Pink Pumpkin Contest

According to total wellnesshealth.com they suggest to have employees create their best breast cancer awareness pumpkin to showcase in the lobby with collection jars next to each one then donate the funds to a breast cancer cause. They further suggest a breast cancer awareness bulletin board, a 50/50 raffle, and collect scarves and hats for donation.


12. Chemo Port Pillow

According to createtodonate.org., a Chemo Port Pillow can be made easily from scrap material for those of you that like to sew. What is a Chemo Port? It is a small unit that is placed under the skin. This makes it so much easier to deliver the Chemo to your body. It also helps to avoid you getting poked by a needle every Chemo session. Usually the port is inserted at the hospital in a medical setting. The Chemo Port Pillow makes it easier for the patient to rest against so the Port does not irritate the skin during the sessions. Your session may last ½ hour to 4 hours. Each person is different. That is another reason why it is important if your have a friend or family member that can sit with you during that time to make the time go by quicker.


13. Breast Cancer Awareness Socks

I have seen children wearing these. They are so adorable.


14. Mastectomy Care Kit

There are those that are electing to have Mastectomy as oppose to just having a lump removed from their breast. Some may find they carry the genetic gene that predisposes them to Cancer and they consider themselves being proactive by having both breast removed. According to sparklesofshunshine.com 10 essential things to include in the kit are throat drops, lip balm, cleansing wipes, dry shampoo, neck pillow, bendable straws, slipper socks, button up shirts, small pillows that fit under the arm, and magazines, books.


15. Workplace Ideas

Do you need ideas for the workplace? According to insecure-komen.org suggest pink offices, fundraisers, employee Pink Pancake Breakfast, pink parking spots, dress up your door contest, pink contest, held hostage for the cause and much more. I really like the dress up your door contest. I can already envision that.


16. Cancer Sucks Lollipops Fundraiser

Misunderstand talks about Cancer Sucks Lollipops Fundraiser. This is just awesome. They ask what color of stick will you get? You can choose from orange which is free, blue-.25cents, red- .50 cents, and green .75 cents. I thought this is such a creative idea. Who doesn’t like lollipops? I am sure the kids will just love this. They further suggest relay for life quilts. Those are just beautiful. I recall my mother-in-law loved to make quilts and we still have some of the beautiful quilts that she made and gave to us. Having the ability to sew is such a great gift. Kudos to designers. There were times that many did not have money to buy fancy clothes, but rather they had the ability to create designs and make their own clothing.


What Breast Cancer Ideas do you have? I would love to hear them.

Sources:


Male Breast Cancer


Betsy- Inspirational head


Easy Pained Rocks That Are Fun to Make & Tips!

 

Top Myths About Breast Cancer

 

Hold a pink pumpkin contest

 

How To Make A Chemo Port Pillow

 

10 Essential Items to Include in a Mastectomy Care Kit

 

Workplace Ideas


25+Fun and Creative Fundraising

 



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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Have You Heard of Chemo Fog (Chemo Brain)?


Memory Loss After Chemotherapy


Many chemotherapy patients have expressed memory loss as a side effect of chemotherapy. This can occur during chemotherapy or after chemotherapy is finished. Some refer to it as chemo fog or chemo brain.

brain after chemo


1. Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of Chemobrain may include short-term memory loss, trouble finding the right word, and difficulty managing daily activities according to cancercare.org

As I talked with a patient that had chemotherapy, he mentioned that he had trouble traveling to places that he may have been to numerous times. Because of the chemo fog, he just cannot remember the directions. This was frustrating to him too. Unfortunately chemotherapy damages the good cells of the body as well as the cancer cells, which includes cells in the brain as well.


What Can You Do?


1. Create New Brain Cells

There are things that can be done to create new brain cells. Dr. Susan Hardwicke, PhD. Who had stage 3 breast cancer, youtube series part 7 talks about how important movement is in increasing new brain cells. Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Just as you eat daily to feed your physical body, reading the Bible daily feeds and renews your mind.


Part 7 Talks about creating new brain cells


2. Keep a List

The brain can only retain so much at a time. Try making a list and referring to it rather than taxing your brain to remember.



3. Calendar

A Calendar is a visual aide and can be quite beneficial. Especially for appointments, goals, or whatever special event you want to remember.

Note:

After talking with one chemo patient. He noted that the chemo fog is not there all the time, but rather it comes and goes.






4. Focus

There has been much emphasis in the past on multi-tasking. Mothers have a lot to do with children and family, but with chemo fog you want to focus on one thing at a time.

5. Reading

As mentioned earlier, reading renews your mind. Whether you read the bible or read a novel this will help your brain. Remember to find what interests you to read.

6. Puzzles or Word Finds

Puzzles or Word Finds keeps the mind active and stimulates it as well.

7. Exercise

Exercise, but not to the point of fatigue. Exercising is a stress reducer. Just as exercise is profitable for the body it is equally profitable for the brain.


8. Organization

Staying organized will help and reduce your clutter. So what if it takes you longer than it used to in getting organized. Take your time.

9. Medications

Make a written list of all your medications and vitamins that you may be taking and keep in your wallet or purse. Then if needed at the hospital or at a doctor referral, you have that information readily available.


10. Doctor appointments

If possible take your spouse, relative, or friend with you to the appointment. There may be things that you miss when the doctor talks.  Possibly your relative might think of other relevant questions to ask the doctor. That cliché “two heads are better than one might just be true.  



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Friday, October 1, 2021

Bloggers Meet and Greet October -The Bible (The Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)

At today’s meet and greet I will discuss bible verses. Are you aware that God did not leave those that are saved on this earth without basic instructions of how to survive on this earth? Even though the saved that are not of this earth, the saved are still here on this earth.

 


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***Good News***


1. The Bible

I believe the bible is inspired by God and God’s word brings us good news, There is so much to be learned from scripture and equally important to memorize scripture.


2. Calling on God

How often have you heard people say, “Oh My God?” Are they really thinking at the time when they are saying this? There are those that may call on God in times of distress, but what about thanking God when things are going well. I recall talking with one of my children. She shared she had a vision board and she gave all the credit to God saying he had given her just about everything on her vision board so much earlier than she had anticipated. She was humble and thankful. I thought to myself, “ That is a grateful way to be. I am sure God loves to hear praises when things are going well. This made me think of Philippians 4:19 And My God shall supply all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.  I could not agree more. 


3. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."   How often do you hear others tearing others down when in reality they should be building them up (edifying) them. If you look hard enough you can find good in people. Building others up helps to give them strength that they probably did not know they had. How many times have you been feeling down and then became uplifted because someone encouraged you when you least expected it. There are so many promises and uplifting scriptures in the bible that I could just go on and on and still could not tell it all. 


4. Filling Up

Do you sometimes feel empty and drained? You can’t give what you don’t have. Just as you eat physical food daily to nourish your body. God’s words can fill you up spiritually on a daily basis. I am thankful for being able to memorize scripture so that as I go through my day the holy spirit will bring it to my remembrance when needed.


5. Music and Lyrics

Although music can be uplifting spiritual music can be equally or even more uplifting because many of the lyrics are from the word of God. When I heard over the news according to CBS that R. Kelly had been convicted on all counts in sex trafficking cases, I realized that the court had found him guilty. Now as I listened to people call into a radio station there were those that stated they would never listen to R. Kelly’s music again and then others that stated they definitely would. One thing to remember is when you read a book or even listen to music that is from that author’s view. Also, it was made clear that most of his songs that he actually sung outlined some of the things that he had been convicted for.  So even though the music may have sounded good the lyrics could be very deceiving. My question is why would you want to continue listening to it? Words are so very important. God gave us free will so unfortunately there will be those that will continue to listen to it. Many music artists today sing about realities that have happened in their life. So it is important to be careful what is aloud into your spirit, but then again you have the free will to do so.


6. Hebrews 13:5

"I Will Never Leave thee, nor forsake thee." I cannot count the number of times that I have repeated this scripture. I like it because there may be numerous times that you may feel alone or misunderstood, but this scripture let’s you know you are never alone even in the midst of a storm.


7. God’ word

There may be times you do not know what to say to someone in a given situation, you can always speak God’s word and be reassured that they are God’s words not yours. I recall in the past taking one of my children up for prayer. Amazingly it was as though the Pastor knew exactly what to say. God gave him the words to say what I needed to hear. We are all bound together and connected in some way or another. We need to know and realize that.


8. John 4:8

There is no fear in love. “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 2 Timothy 1:7 God has not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. You made be emotional and feel different at emotions at different times such as happiness, distress or fear, but just because you feel it does not mean that you have to adhere to the distress or fear. Scripture is so important to the mind and to the body as well. Regardless to what it looks like you can still be encouraged and uplifted by God’s word.  


9. 2nd Corinthians 5:7

We walk by faith, not by sight. This scripture is so true. How many times have things appeared one way, but you kept walking in faith to discover that it was not what you saw and thought it to be? You can not always trust what your eyes see or what things may appear to be, but you can trust in God’s word. What are your thoughts on Bible scripture?


Source:

R.Kelly found guilty of all charges in racketeering and sex traffickingtrial

 

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Monday, September 27, 2021

Animals Like Music Too

It has been said that music is not limited to some. Music is good for the soul and humans are not the only people that enjoy and benefit from music. Animals like music too.



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For those that play music for their animals, they may find it most beneficial. Most families that have dogs may feel that their dog is a part of their family. Dogs are very intelligent and can be taught numerous things.


1. Music to Calm Your Dog

Did you know that dogs can have separation anxiety from their owner’s?  I recall I went to visit my daughter. She had 2 small dogs at the time. She left to go to the store. The dogs started whining and running back and forth to me and to the window as if to say, “Do something; where did she go?” I tried to talk to them and calm them down, but they were like in panic mode. So I have seen how anxiety can play out in animals. There was a study done that showed playing music reduces stress in dogs at animal shelters. They further added that Reggae and soft rock are the most relaxing music for dogs in shelters, and classical music also helps calm down dogs in stressful environments. That is according to preventivevet.com. Just as we have different preferences in music dogs have preferences also.

2. Elephants and Music

According to cuteness.com elephants love to make music and they play specially designed instruments such as harmonicas and steel drums. They further add that scientists discovered the elephants were able to keep the rhythm even better than their human counterparts. I have observed that at the circus. Elephants seem to be able to move to the beat of the music.

3. Music is Relaxing to Dogs

Theguardian.com states the RelaxMyDog company has produced music that may sound like a sleep playlists to the untrained ear, but it is intended music for dogs to relax. They further add that this service founded in 2011 reaches an audience of 10 million users a month; and provides regular feedback through their YouTube channel’s 600,000 subscribers. It does make sense that if humans love music animals would love it also.

4. Vets Give Music Therapy

Although Ben Carson has been famous for playing classical music as he performed surgery, vets have discovered that playing music to cats and dogs before surgery actually relaxes them according to bbc.com. I also observed that when my daughter had twins there were about 10 other women in the hospital that had twins the same day. I noted that I would hear baby music playing something like twinkle twinkle littler star at different times as I visited the twins. I was told that every time a baby was born on that floor they would play the music. I thought that was so nice.

5. How Music Can Help Your Pet

Music therapy can help your pet in boarding facilities and daycares, while your pet is being groomed, during thunderstorms, fireworks, and other loud events, and while traveling by car or plane. That is according to mobilevetmd.com. I wish I would have known that when I had my Doberman and Toy Poodle. During thunderstorms we would try to comfort them because both of them would tremble terribly. My doberman was large about 94 pounds, but she still would shake from fear during a storm.

6. Canine-easy listening CD favorites

What favorites do you allow your pets to listen to? A few favorites according to ontaiospca.ca are as follows:


a. Relaxation for My Pet and Me: Janet Marlow


b. the World’s Best Do Music CD Ever: Pet Melodies Music and Pet Rhythms Research      Institute


c. Songs to Make Dogs Happy: Laurel Canyon Animal Company


They also suggest keeping the music turned to a lower volume level and play samples of different artists, sounds, instruments and environmental sounds. I agree with the lower volumes because animals are sensitive to sounds. I often hear some playing their music very loud. I have observed some doing this with small children in the car. It has been said that when music is too loud it can damage a baby’s eardrum. I guess everything in moderation.

7. Horses, Sea Lions and Bonobos

Did you know that animals can actually identify rhythms and even similarities between songs? They further add that one study found horses can synchronize their pace to the rhythm of music playing in the background, as can sea lions and bonobos according to mic.com. Now that I think about it that would explain how horses seem to march to the beat of music during a parade. I had never given much thought about it until now.

8. Woman Teaches Dog to Talk

A speech pathologist taught her dog Stella to speak according to CNN News. She developed buttons that the dog could push that would communicate with her such as a button that says “go outside.” The dog knows 29 words and she is developing sentences with the buttons as well. I thought this was amazing, but I could see taking it a step further. What about buttons that had various music favorites that the dog could push to let the owner know what specific song they would like to hear at that specific time. There are so many possibilities here. I have no doubt that in the future it will be discovered that other animals love music also.


 

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Sources:

How to Use Music to Calm Your Anxious Dog

 

Science Tells Us Which Animals Like Music & Which Don’t

 

Pet sounds: why your dog loves listening to Bob Marley

 

Vets give music therapy to relax animals

 

The Groove That Soothes: Music Therapy for Pets

 

Music therapy & how it’s good for pets

 

Scientific Studies on Animals Reveal Just How Much Music Shapes the NaturalWorld

 

A Speech Pathologist taughther dog Stella to Speak 

 



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Friday, September 17, 2021

New Balance In Your Life

Do you want balance in your life? Are you an extremist? Do you go to extremes? Is too much of anything bad for you? As long as you are living you can strive for balance in your life.



Inspirational Words


***Thankful***


1. Intentional

To be intentional will help you to add new balance in your life. Will it be perfect? Probably not. You can, however, strive to be intentional. Many are balancing family, work, motherhood, being a wife or husband, and much more. When you are intentional you look at specific things or attitudes that will help you achieve your goal. It is an ongoing thing. You will be updating, changing, and much more as you work toward your goal.


2. Start Slow

You may discover when your life is not balanced that you want to correct that in a hurry. Remember not to sprint, but think of life as a Marathon. What will the end results look like?


3. Being Positive

Do you mainly think about the positives in your life or the negatives? Sometimes our minds can be our worst enemy. People tend to draw near to positive people as oppose to negative ones. Who wants to be around someone that is negative and complaining most of the time. That can be very draining. That can influence the balance that you are trying to achieve in your life. There is so much to learn from positive people. Their mindset is totally different than a negative person.


4. Ask for Help

Do not be to proud to ask for help. Set aside your pride. If you do not know where to begin ask for help in achieving balance in your life. Everyone’s balance in their lives may look different. Concentrate on what it is that you want to achieve. Possibly you only need balance in one area of your life. Read articles. Sometimes a close friend may see your life just a little better than you.


5. Quality over quantity

According to simplyfiercely.com creating balance in your life might include finding time for self-care, spending quality time with friends and family, doing productive work, or keeping your house clean. In other words what is important for you and what are your priorities?  I really like the quality time over quantity. I recall juggling motherhood and my career. Because of finances my husband and I agreed to work different shifts so one of us could be with our children. I had one child seemingly no matter how much time I spent with her it was never enough. I had another child when my husband would drop me off for work, she would just smile and was content to be with her father. I thought to myself she did not even cry when I left for work, but that is a good thing that she was content with her father.

Finally I decided to not focus so much on quantity, but to focus on quality. I then changed my focus to quality time with my children. I would take them to the library, museum, the zoo and much more. They really seemed to love the library. As toddlers they were learning to pick out the books that they liked. I would read to them. Sometimes at home we would just dance with each other. I love to dance. The quality not the quantity was just what I needed to balance my life with my children. I came to the realization that God gives us 24 hours in a day. It was up to me how I would utilize my time to a point that I felt comfortable with the choices that I made. Sometimes they were right sometimes they were not, but I remembered to persevere. Perseverance is the name of the game for me. Don’t give up, but look for bigger and better ways.


6. Are You An Extremist?

If you discover that you go to extremes in your life then you definitely know there is no balance. Although your life may not be perfect you still strive and persevere to maintain balance in your life. Your life may be a work in process. Remember it all takes time and focus.


7. Relaxation

Do you take time to relax? You will be surprised how much relaxation will help you to achieve balance in your life. If you are constantly rushing all the time you will be anxious and not taking the needed time to focus. You will find yourself not being intentional. Relaxation can help you take a look at where you are going. Relaxation will just help you feel oh so much better about many things.


8. Prioritize

Have you ever made a to-do list and discovered there were so many things on there you did not know where to start? Well that is where prioritizing comes in. The old saying “ Rome was not built in a day” is something to think about. I remember I would be so excited about my to-do list and would become worn out and disappointed when I I did not complete it within a day. Think about it. Does it have to be completed in a day? By prioritizing you are choosing the most important actions first. The good thing about this is you make the decision.

I recall when there may have been 2 or 3 events that occurred on the same day. I may have wanted to go to all 3 but made a decision to go to one of them. Sometimes I would think to myself why did the events all have to be at the same time? Sometimes that happens. Life is full of choices and decisions. Making those choices can help add balance to your life. Who knows you might decide to not go to any events.


9. Too Much

Too much of anything is not good for anyone. When something or somethings are too much you are the one to make that decision that “enough is enough.” As a child I recall that I loved hot candy. Now I also discovered one day I ate too much hot candy and became sick on the stomach and also sick with a sore throat. That was a bitter lesson to learn, but it did teach me regardless to how much I like hot candy I need to be careful as to how much of it that I may eat at one time. I always remembered that.


So please share with me how do you create balance in your life? I realize everyone’s life is different.


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Sources:


3 Important Lessons on Finding Balance in Life


https://www.simplyfiercely.com/finding-balance/

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Bloggers Meet and Greet September. . . Pets Will Boost Your Mental Health

Do you own a pet? Have you ever had a pet? Pets can be very beneficial to your health. What type of pet have you owned?


 Pets Calming


***Thankful***


Welcome to Bloggers Meet and Greet. I will be talking about how pets boost your mental health.

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I recall growing up with my pet dog. She would even walk with me to the corner store and sit patiently outside until I came out of the store. I decided when I became an adult to get a dog for my children. It almost felt like an adoption. My children and I searched the newspaper and found a baby Doberman. When we went to see her and pick her up, we were able to see the Mother and Father of this baby Doberman. Out of a litter of about 6 or 7 she was the only Red Doberman. My children knew immediately that was the one they wanted. We decided we wanted her to have a biblical name. They decided on Gabriel naming her after the angel Gabriel from the bible. We often called her Gabby.


Little did we know how attached we would become to Gabriel. My children were always hugging Gabriel and telling her positive things. Gabriel just appeared to love this. She became a large dog weighing 94 pounds, but she was always loving and very affectionate and gentle with the children. She was an excellent watch dog and very protective of them. I was so happy.


My children told me that the dogs become alert when they heard I was coming home from work. They had me watch from another room as they said, “Mama’s here.” As they said that both dogs ran to the window looking out anxiously.


When we took her to the vet the vet was cautious because of her size and because we had another dog a Toy Poodle that did not like needles. The Toy Poodle would have to be muzzled to take her shots. Surprisingly Gabriel sat calmly and seeming looked at me and took her que from me. The doctor gave her her shot and she did not even flinch. I was relieved and so was the Vet. Gabriel was like one of the family.


1. Pets Response

According to marthastewart.com in 2019 a review of roughly 70 years of research discovered that owning a dog lowers your risk of dying (from any cause) by 24 percent. They further added that some studies show that dogs recognize and respond to their owner’s faces, voices, and smell with a joyfulness that can be compared to that between parents and children.


2. Loneliness

Did you know that owning a pet can make you feel less lonely? That is according to momfabulous.com. She further adds that studies have found that pets help children with ADHD and can increase your focus and concentration when working from home.


3. What About a Cat?

Have you ever observed a cat purring. I recalled feeling the vibrations when putting my hand on my cats side. Dr. Axe at draxe.com states purring is often compared to rhythmic chanting, which is used in different cultures to aide in healing creating a meditative or calm state. They also added that this brainwave entertainment involves an individuals synchronizing with a periodic stimulus (vibration, spud, light); thus a cat purring can lull a person into relaxation.


4. Dogs are Social Beings

Did you know that dogs get lonely too? There have been times that I would hear the neighbors dogs howling. They are kept outside in a dog house outside. It would bother me because they sounded so intense. I hoped that they were okay. I decided to research why dogs howl. This is what I found.

Dogs are extremely social and love spending time with their owners and that they can have separation anxiety. Pawcastle.com also added that dogs howl at night to express their feelings of loneliness and sadness, especially if their owner is absent. I recall visiting my daughter that had 2 small dogs at the time. She left the house to go somewhere. All of a sudden her dogs were frantic. They would run to me and then back to the window whimpering. I thought to myself, “I cannot help you.” I did, however, try to console them, and kept reassuring them. “She will be back, it is okay.” They did not believe me and continued this behavior until she returned.

I have seen how animals experience loneliness. When my daughter was married, we all traveled from out of state and stayed at the hotel where the wedding would be. My daughter with the 2 dogs brought her dogs and booked them at a nearby doggy motel. We went the next day to visit them and walk them. They were so happy to see my daughter. They were jumping all over the place.


5. Socialization

Did you know that owning a pet increases your human connections and increases your opportunities for socialization according to sparkpeople.com. They further add that although working form home can be quite isolating, a pet lying quietly by your feet while you work at your desk can be quite consoling when you take time out from work with your pet.


6. Therapy Dogs

I recall when at the pharmacists in line, a lady was behind me with a stroller. When I turned around I observed she had 2 small dogs in the stroller. She explained to me they were her therapy dogs. Kmvt.com states that Kimberly Elementary schools uses therapy dogs to welcome the children back to school. They also added that the therapy dogs are great for the counseling departments and the therapy dogs are of great use for small groups and individual things.


Do you know of anyone that has a Therapy Dog?


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Sources:


Healthy You, Healthy Pet: Seven Ways Your Well-Being is Linked to Your Cat or Dog

 

7 Health Benefits of Adopting a Family Pet

 

Health Benefits of Owning a Pet (AKA Your Brain on Puppy Hugs & Cat Cuddling)

 

6 Surprising Reasons Why Dogs Howl at Night

 

The Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

  

Kimberly Elementary School’s therapy dogs prepare to welcome students back to class

 

 

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