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Seniors & Pets

IN THE July 8 ISSUE

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by National Council for Aging Care


Aging in place is an increasingly popular decision among the elderly in America, and indeed across the world. The ability to stay at home, in a familiar environment, surrounded by the things and people you love brings many seniors a feeling of wellbeing that can’t be matched by even the most comfortable retirement community.

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Part Two: Is a Siberian Husky the right breed for you?

IN THE January 9 ISSUE

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by Dorothy Wills-Raftery


If running a team of Huskies across snowy trails is your dream, Robert Forto, lead musher and dog trainer of the family-run Team Ineka in Willow, Alaska, shares that love. His daughter, Nicole, has trained for and run Team Ineka in the Junior Iditarod for the past two years. “There is something magical about being out on the trail with a dog team,” says Robert. “Many times we have been out on the trail when it is 20 below zero, and the Northern Lights are dancing over our heads. It is totally silent except for this swish, swish, swish sound as they dogs are running in total unison together.”

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Riley Finds His Calling: A Therapy Dog Profile

IN THE December 5 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin


When Toni got Riley from Westie rescue, she had been looking for a companion dog but, with her hectic work schedule, knew she didn’t want a puppy. Riley at eleven months old proved to be even more than she had hoped for.

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Frankie’s New Leash on Life

IN THE October 3 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin


Frankie is a mixed breed with a lot of Jack Russell characteristics or, as Olga says when asked Frankie’s breed, “My Frankie is one of a kind.”

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Lily, the Good Time Girl: A Therapy Dog Adventure

IN THE September 5 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin


Lily, a Golden Retriever, came to Pat as a puppy in 2005. In less than a year, she earned her CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and became certified as a therapy dog.

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She Works For Cheerios: A Therapy Dog Story

IN THE July 4 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin



At one hundred and three pounds Bella Moose is a big girl with an even bigger heart. Abandoned as a puppy by some renters who moved out and, despite promising their landlady the puppy had gone with them, left her behind in an empty apartment.

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Frosty’s My Name, Playing Santa’s My Game

IN THE December 13 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin


As a certified therapy dog, I visit Sterling House of New Bern every Tuesday morning throughout the year, and every December I host my annual holiday party. This year will be my eighth party. Now, it’s not polite to ask a lady her age, but let’s just say I’m a mature girl and you do the math.

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Paisley, a Therapy Scottie

IN THE August 30 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin



Though it’s rare for Scotties to become therapy dogs, Paisley, a silver brindle Scottie, does her breed proud. At three and a half, Paisley has earned her CGC (Canine Good Citizens award) and has passed the required test to become a member of Therapy Dogs United, a regional organization for therapy dogs covering northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York. “The training was a bit tough,” said Nancy, her owner and handler. It involves getting used to wheelchairs and walkers as well as interacting calmly with strange people. She had to take the test twice to pass.”

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From Terrier Terror to Therapy Dog

IN THE March 1 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin



When Marsha’s long time therapy pet partner, Jake, died, she was hit hard with the loss but also knew she didn’t want to give up on pet therapy. She put her name in with an established Scottish Terrier breeder for a puppy, but before one was available, a friend told her about a five month old Scottie on EBay Classifieds that was housebroken and trained. “Sounds perfect for you,” her friend said.

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Working for a Dream: A Therapy Dog Story

IN THE December 7 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin



Rachel knew she wanted to be a vet from early on. Her mother supported her dream by scheduling vet appointments for times when Rachel could go, too and then, at nineteen, her dream was given a big boost when she landed a job with a vet clinic run by a father/daughter team. Both vets were mentors to Rachel, and she was able to get practical experience in caring for sick animals and even observing surgeries. Not afraid of hard work, Rachel worked full time at the vet hospital and carried a full load of college courses at night. Dreams are worth working hard for.

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by Lee Juslin



Sue Halpern and her mixed breed dog, Pransky, started in pet therapy because Sue felt Pranksy needed a job. Knowing what a great people dog Pranksy was made pet therapy a good bet. But, along the way, Sue, like most of us in pet therapy, learned there were lots of lessons for her as well.

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Nick, the Tail Wagging Tutor

IN THE August 10 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin



Karan was a cat person. She had no real dog experience, and she traveled a lot so a dog seemed out of the question.
However, when Karan retired, she thought a dog would provide protection and another dimension to her life. She knew she wanted a medium sized or larger dog but two things she absolutely didn’t want was drooling and lots of shedding. Research led to a breeder who had crossed a Poodle with a Golden retriever, hence no shedding or drooling and high potential for a people-friendly, smart dog. Karan had always liked the Golden Retriever personality.

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