Year: 2014

  • 20 Reasons You Absolutely Need A Dog In Your Life!

    1. Dogs empathize with human pain  Goldsmiths College released a study that showed more dogs will approach someone who’s crying or in distress than someone who is not. This demonstrates that dogs are empathetic and are eager to help comfort humans in pain.  2. Dogs can detect cancer Due to their incredible sense of smell, […]

  • What is Animal Assisted Therapy?

    Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) programs help humans overcome, or at least cope with, health problems (both physical and emotional). Dr. Boris Levinson, a US child psychologist, is credited with discovering AAT in the 1960s. At that time, he brought his dog Jingles with him to visit a withdrawn child and found he was able to gain […]

  • In Memory of Blackie

    Fay Karamanakis tells the story of her beloved Labrador-cross Blackie, who was shot dead six hours after saving her family’s life by a police officer. The dog was one of hundreds shot by Government authorities in a bid to control roaming packs through the northern suburbs and control the spread of disease. Blackie was one […]

  • Dogs can accurately sense Earth’s magnetic field

    Not only can dogs sense the earth’s magnetic field, but they can actually use it to orient their bodies when they relieve themselves, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Czech University of Life Sciences and the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, and published in Frontiers in Zoology. Magneto-reception, or the ability to sense […]

  • Dogs lend their Paws to the Wildlife Conservation Effort

    Of the many roles played by dogs, they can now add conservation to their résumé. Also known as “sniffer dogs,” their talents are rooted in their detection skills, which have been used to search for explosives, drugs, missing people, and forensic evidence. Because of the prolific trade in illegal and endangered animal species and products, […]

  • Universities introduce “puppy breaks” for students

    The end of semester can be a tough time, with students feeling the crunch of big assignments and cramming for exams. Add to it the lack of sleep, eating badly and more than a few drinks, and it’s pretty easy to get stressed out. Dalhousie University is trying out a new way to fight stress: […]

  • Dogs take centre stage in pioneering cancer trial

    Medical Detection Dogs given permission to launch world’s first breast cancer detection trial. The charity, which recently won the support of the Duchess of Cornwall, has spent the past 18 months preparing an application to the Buckingham NHS Trust ethics committee for permission to begin the trial, which will use breath samples from volunteers in […]

  • Dog helps boy unlock his Autism – a friend Like Henry

    The moving true story of a Golden Retriever named Henry who was adopted into a family with a severely Autistic boy named Dale. The Autism was so severe, Dale stopped speaking to his parents and his tantrums worsened. Dale’s breakthrough came through the help and unconditional love of Henry. This story became a best selling […]

  • 9 year old raises funds to save shelter dogs lives

    Most kids want cake and a huge pile of gifts for their big day. But Ethan isn’t like most kids. Turning nine he decided that for his birthday, he wanted to raise money to save dogs. “Ethan is an avid dog lover and always has been,” said mum, Lisa. The Katz family has two rescue dogs: a […]

  • Taking or leaving your dog on holiday?

    Many Australians love to travel and many of these love to have their dogs accompany them. Why leave that very important member of the family behind? If you have dog and want to travel in Australia then PetPlacesis a great resource for all dog lovers. Learn from other dog owners travel experiences and get useful […]