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  1. RK Anderson

    All of us involved with trying to understand our relationship with animals have benefitted from Dr. Robert K. Anderson, known by most simply as RK. I do not remember when I first met RK, as our lives overlapped in both public health and the founding of the Delta Society. Leo Bustad asked each...

  2. At a Snail's Pace

    At a Snail’s Pace Some people prefer to read only specific kinds of books related to certain kinds of human and animal interactions. Perhaps only heady academic tomes. Or fiction, or only those involving dogs or cats and humans interacting with each other in specific ways. My tastes tend to...

  3. HABRI Central Update - November 2, 2012

    A new update to HABRI Central brings major improvements to several areas of the site. New search options are available for the HABRI Central Bibliography. General searches now look through a greater number of metadata fields (e.g., author, title, publication date, etc.) and results can now be...

  4. That Restless Time of Year

    Every month for more than a decade I’ve posted a commentary to my website ( www.mmilani.com ) the majority of which deal with some facet of animal health, behavior the human-animal bond, and the inextricable interaction of the three. For the past 4 years or so, I’d added weekly podcasts to the...

  5. Building Unified Therapy Dog Standards and Practices

    This article is a follow up to Therapy Dogs in the Legal System (article here). Scott Baggett attended the Florida Victim Advocacy Conference to meet with other therapy dog program leaders and interested parties in July of 2012. While the conference focused on many aspects of victim advocacy,...

  6. Fake Service Dogs?: A Call to Action

    In a recent article in The Federal Way Mirror, published in the Puget Sound area of Washington, editor Andy Hobbs focused on the issue of people who place vests on their dogs and call them “Service Dogs”. http://www.federalwaymirror.com/news/147080865.html A friend of mine who lives near Puget...

  7. Pet inheritance: the trouble with Trouble’s money

    By Jessica Martin August 4, 2011 Washington University in St. Louis Reprinted with permission 7.20.2012 Estate planning with Fido in mind? Better be careful, says a trusts and estates expert at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. The issue has been in the news recently. British...

  8. A Lovebird as a Therapy Animal

    Joanie Shugar has an unusual therapy animal with her when she visits assisted living facilities. He is a bright, vocal, and colorful companion who likes to sing along with the piano and go for rides in the car. His name is Marley, and he is an 18-year-old therapy lovebird. Joanie met Marley...

  9. Therapy Dogs in the Legal System

    Everyone has had something happen in their life that they did not want to talk about. For some children who are victims of sexual abuse, they have an opportunity to testify, but in doing so reliving painful memories and experiences. Therapy animals are finding new places where they are needed,...

  10. Profile: Therapy Dogs in Action

    Karen Moessner is a retired elementary school teacher who lives in Fort Wayne, IN. She has two beautiful shelties, Dinah and Allie. Both her dogs are trained therapy dogs and certified by Three Rivers Visiting Dogs. Karen got started with therapy dogs after her daughter, Christen, worked with...