Puppies help college students hit the books

Puppies help college students hit the booksBottomless cups of coffee, midnight breakfast and plenty of procrastination techniques have frequently been the study aids of choice for America’s college students. But as finals and paper deadlines approach for the fall semester, one California university is taking a creative approach to helping students relieve stress: puppy pals.

During Chapman University’s study week this year, the school’s Active Minds club, which promotes mental health, will place a group of pups outside of the university library with which frazzled students can spend some time unwinding, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"It has been proven that having a dog helps relieve stress, so we thought it would be a cute idea if we brought some furry friends on campus," Jennifer Heinz, a sophomore integrated educational studies major told the news source.

A Torrance, California-based company, called Puppies & Reptiles for Parties, will provide 10 Malteses, Yorkies, pubs and dachshunds for the college event.

According to Megan Brown, a college counselor and licensed family therapist, research has found that animals can play a role in reducing anxiety and stress in their owners.

Gomestic.com reports that 57 percent of psychiatrists as well as 48 percent of psychologists and 40 percent of family practice physicians recommend animals assisted therapy to combat depression, idleness and stress.

Customized urns available for departed pets

Customized urns available for departed petsOld Yeller, Little Ann Old Dan from Where the Red Fern Grows and Marley from the recent box office hit Marley and Me have shown the ways a pet’s memory can linger and inspire even after its death. Among the ways to honor a beloved animal after its passing, a new product line has been launched by a Colorado woman was dissatisfied by traditional methods of laying a pet to rest.

Anyone who has endured the death of a pet may know that an array of animal condolence cards is already out on the market.

However, Virginia Polley of Lookout Mountain, Colorado, is trying to infuse a bit of class into the grave business of pet burial, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.

The entrepreneur has begun working with local and regional artists to churn out custom cremation urns which fit each pet’s personality. For about $190, the glass urns can feature oil-based portraits or epitaphs adorned with appropriate ornamentation.

Polley told the news source she’s considered the idea ever since she wrote a business plan on making crematory urns while at graduate school.
According to Costhelper.com, the cremation of dogs that weigh more than 50 pounds can cost up to $350.

Drunk dogs don’t make for happy holidays

Drunk dogs don't make for happy holidaysIn many families, the excitement and enchantment woven into the holiday season make the recipe for long-held memories. Small children remember unwrapping the gift they wrote about in letters to the North Pole for the past nine months. Adults recall time spent with old friends and family members. With the charm that can be packed into the holidays, it’d be a shame to remember this Christmas as the time the dog got drunk or the cat choked on tinsel.

Striving to preserve the grace of the season, the Pet Poison Helpline has given some advice on pet care to ensure that all members of the family, even the 4-legged ones, have happy holidays.

As owners chow down on a holiday ham, duck or turkey, their pets may be stalking the house looking for seasonal treats of their own.

Poinsettia plants, lilies, holly and mistletoes can all be toxic to animals and if ingested cause pet health issues such as gastrointestinal upset and heart arrhythmia, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The Pet Poison Helpline also warns that alcohol can cause seizures in pets, holiday ornaments contain chemicals which could trigger aspiration pneumonia and some imported snow globes hold antifreeze, which could be fatal if drank by dogs and cats.

According to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll, a total of 59 percent of pet owners will consider their animals before picking out holiday decorations this year.

Dog-lover reunited with lost pet after five years

Dog-lover reunited with lost pet after five yearsThe ideas that go through a pet owner’s head when they find that their dog or cat has gone missing can be downright torturous. It’s often enough to drive the owner to the local Kinkos so he or she can wallpaper the town with flyers publishing the exact description of the animal and the hefty reward to its finder. However, when a dog goes missing for almost half a decade hopes of a reunion may fade, and 10 cent copies seem like an unnecessary expense.

Dog owner Tom Smith gave up searching for his lost dog after several weeks, but his reward came almost five years later.

Smith’s Patterdale terrier named Scrappy Doo was stolen from his garden in 2004. A devoted pet owner, Smith searched for his hound for weeks before losing hope in a reunion, the Sun reports.

But earlier this week, a more mature, seven-year-old Scrappy Doo was found abandoned in Bournemouth in the UK, just 15 miles from Smith’s house in Wareham.

"I thought I’d never see her again," the 60-year-old pet lover told the news source. "When they bought her back as soon as she saw me she went mad. After all that time you wouldn’t think she’d remember."

According to the Missing Pet Network, about 10 million owned animals wind up in U.S. shelters each year.

Trump Hotel Collection offers puppy pampering

Trump Hotel Collection offers puppy pamperingWhen Americans take a vacation many look to use their free time completely for relaxation and indulgence, and who could blame them? After laboring for at least 40 hours a week most of the year, some workers need more than a six o’clock cocktail to unwind. While dogs may not put in the long hours that most human do, surely fetching the morning paper and harassing the mailman deserves some kind of reward!

With this in mind, the Trump Hotel Collection has just the gift for owners who wish to offer some luxury pet care to their dutiful dogs.
The company announced this week that it will launch "pet pampering" facilities in its hotels in Chicago, New York and Las Vegas, Luxury Travel Magazine reports.

Canine visitors to Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago can be treated to a room festooned with a plush dog bed, gourmet treats, bottled water and accompanying water bowl, a rubber ball and a room service menu for pooches wishing to dine in.

Cleaning fees for dog rooms can run up to $250, according to the news provider.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, annual costs of caring for cats and dogs can range from $670 to $1,580.

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