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ODD logoOperation Delta Dog is a nonprofit organization with a mission to rescue homeless dogs and train them to work as service dogs for veterans who are suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and related challenges

Whooo hoo!! I’m very excited to report that Operation Delta Dog is the recipient of the booth I’ve donated at the New England Pet Expo!

I am thrilled to have them as my neighbor at the expo, and delighted to be able to contribute to this worthy organization.  Visit them  https://www.operationdeltadog.org/.

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Communication is a tricky business

Nice chatting with you Benji! High Paws!!

Life of Benji

communication.JPGReardon and I philosophizing

Since I came to live with my forever family, mom has shown a renewed interest in interspecies’ communication. It all kick-started with the book “Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are? ”  We, a.k.a. the ZAB team, truly thank our dear friend in Groningen, the Netherlands for this book! The book is a New York Times Bestseller and written by Professor Frans de Waal. He is a Dutch primatologist and ethologist who works at Emory University in Atlanta. Frans’ research shows that animals are a lot smarter than what most people give them credit for. WOOOFFF, high paws for Frans!

We also saw an interesting National Geographic documentary on dog training research. OK I admit, I lost interest as soon as I discovered I couldn’t play with any of the dogs in the video. I did see one of the experiments that showed how dogs…

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Heartbroken Princess

She said, “I’m heartbroken.”

A woman invited me to her home to meet with her Boston Terrier, a sweet girl named Princess.  Princess was not herself lately, she seemed worried and down.  Princess eagerly told me how she felt.

She said, “I’m heartbroken.”

Her emotion filled message brought me to my knees. I scoop her up and held her while she explained her situation at home.  She explained that family has left and she does not know why they do not come back.

As it turns out there had been a lot of family changes that year.  First, her long time cat companion crossed over.  Then her people divorced.  Lastly four more family members who were temporarily staying with her moved.  This left Princess without that couple, their child and cat. The child was two-years old, and one of the parents was at home with him all day. Princess’ life was full and busy.  She became attached to the child, and she and the cat had become best friends.

As a result of her reading the woman decided to make some changes to help Princess feel better.  One change was her decision to share custody of Princess with her former husband who was happy to participate in the plan as he missed Princess.  Her former husband works from home.  Now Princess would again have his company all day while the woman was away at work.  Additionally, the woman found ways to spend more quality time with Princess on the weekend.

Client has given permission to share her story.  I do not share stories without explicit permission.

Smorgasbord Christmas Reading – The Secret of the Greater Mountain by Linda Saraco

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Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

christmas-reading-3Today two books that would make wonderful gifts for all dog lovers but particularly those of us who have lost pets over the years but still have them in our hearts. Author Linda Saraco has also written a wonderful book about her dog Dominic who instinctively took the role of assistance dog when Linda became seriously ill following an accident.

FirstThe Secret of the Greater Mountain by Linda Saraco

A dog you know may have top-secrets he or she is not telling. Do you know that their biggest secret adventure happens at the peak of twilight when the moon’s light still hugs our dream filled world?

The Secret of Greater Mountain

About the book

For animal lovers of all ages to read when a new pet enters your life, or when your pet passes away.

The loss of a cherished pet is often a child’s first difficult experience with death, and their grief…

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