Category: Pets helping humans

Daily journal asks dog lovers to stop and appreciate the small and fuzzy things in life

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 Paws for the Good Stuff by Carlyn Montes De Oca
Paws for the Good Stuff by Carlyn Montes De Oca

SANTA FE, New Mexico (PRNewswire) — Most people say they wish they had more time to take better care of themselves and to feel less stress. At least that’s what acupuncturist and wellness practitioner Carlyn Montes De Oca discovered when she asked her patients to name their biggest challenges.

With that information in mind, Montes De Oca created a gratitude journal for dog lovers to bring the qualities dogs embody most—playfulness, loyalty, grace, gratitude, courage, enthusiasm and unconditional love—to the forefront of their human’s lives.

Pet-friendly rehab

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Dog on beach with ownerSAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California (PRNewswire) — Solutions 4 Recovery now offers a pet-friendly policy for its Southern California addiction and dual diagnosis rehabilitation programming.

Allowing clients to bring their beloved pet to rehab can enhance the treatment experience as well as reduce anxiety that often accompanies entering a program.

According to Jacqueline Malani, Director of Detox for Solutions 4 Recovery, “Working with therapy animals has been shown in many studies to ease stress related to mental illness. Simply petting an animal has been shown to lower blood pressure and slow heart rate, which can help people struggling with chronic illness as well as stress.”