Can A Pet Save Your Life? A Cardiologist Explains

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My philosophy in caring for heart patients in the last 25 plus years is that I’m all for having the biggest toolbox at your disposal. If you can improve your diet, great. Exercise, amazing. Stress reduction, bring it on. Herbs, vitamins, yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, sauna, laughter, sleep … go for it! Cardiovascular disease is […]

Sgt. Stubby: War Dog Hero!

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Meet America’s first war dog, a stray Pit Bull/Terrier mix, named Stubby. He became Sgt. Stubby, was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. One day he appeared at Yale Field in New Haven, Connecticut; while a group of soldiers were training, […]

Palliative and Hospice Care Can Mean a Better Ending

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Years ago, I brought my dog to see a specialist. He told me that tests showed it was cancer, with little to be done. I burst into tears. The man handed me a box of tissues and left, and I took my dog home. My local veterinarian suggested that I try weekly chemotherapy injections. I […]

Even Our MHS Cruelty Investigators Were Shocked – Meet Sweet Julie!

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As accustomed as they are to the difficult sights they see every day, our investigators were still shocked at the condition Julie was in when she first came to MHS. She had been abandoned in Ecorse and kept confined for weeks without any food and with minimal water. When a kind passerby found this sweet […]

Beautiful Video: Meet the Man & Dog Behind Viral Photo

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Via the photographer, on Facebook: This 19 year old Shoep being cradled in his father’s arms last night in Lake Superior. Shep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones. Lake Superior is very warm right now, so the temp of the water is […]

Go On A Pet Friendly Vacation!

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Going on vacation this summer? Maybe you’re going toward the southeastern part of our country, which so many of us do in the summertime. If you live in Washington D.C., this is a one hour no brainer. The village of Flint Hill is one of five villages in a beautiful, tranquil county called Rappahannock, located […]

Laughter, Love & Letting Go

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What did you let go of this year? Whom did you let go? This is the story of the day I let go of my mom and my dog rolled in her ashes. Mom passed away February 5 of this year after a short yet hellish battle with cancer. Before she died, we had many […]

What Are You Grateful For?

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I’ll be honest, Thanksgiving isn’t my favorite holiday. A holiday that often celebrates gluttony just kind of grosses me out. I love turkey and rolls and a few other Thanksgiving staples…but being a pretty picky eater, I don’t enjoy most of the food. Also, the fact I usually have to go to three places on […]

From Abused, Abandoned Puppy to Silver Screen Star

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How many times have you seen an animal in a movie or a television commercial and thought, “My dog can do that. He would be a natural in front of the camera.” What is a pipe dream for most pet owners became a reality for Janice Norden and her 9-year-old mixed-breed dog, Skeeter. The once […]

When Adopting A Dog, Avoid Breed Discrimination Of Pit Bulls

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If you are thinking of adopting a dog or a puppy, consider a pit bull. Despite the stereotype that many prospective adopters have, pit bulls make very gentle and loyal family dogs. In fact, the pit bull is considered one of the friendliest dogs. There is no such thing as a bad breed. Pit bulls […]