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  1. More on Pets Conferring Immunity to Kids

    A recent article by Alexandra Sifferlin entitled [http://healthland.time.com/2013/12/16/researchers-reveal-the-microscopic-reasons-why-pets-protect-against-allergies/ "Researchers Reveal the Microscopic Reasons Why Pets Protect Against Allergies"] describes further research designed to help...

  2. Positive Connections: Meet Dr. Patricia Pendry

    Dr. Patricia Pendry is a developmental psychologist and graduate faculty member in the Department of Human Development at Washington State University. Her research focuses on exposure to stress in childhood and the development of childhood behavioral problems. She is especially interested in...

  3. Sometimes an Animal is Just an Animal

    Sometimes an Animal is Just an Animal Regardless who originally said or wrote that “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar” in what context, in its most popular current usage it refers to not overlooking something’s actual identity in favor of any symbolism we choose to attach to it. As the amount...

  4. A Man to Remember: Dr. John C. New

    Dr. John New unexpectedly passed away on October 15, 2013 and will be sorely missed throughout the human-animal bond community. Dr. New had been a faculty member of the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine for 36 years. He was a prominent figure within the human-animal bond...

  5. It's Complicated: Meet Dr. Hal Herzog

    What is your relationship with animals? It is a harder question to answer than you might originally think. Whatever your answer may be, it is most likely to be both justified yet contradictory in some way. Our relationship with the natural world around us is complicated to say the least. Dr....

  6. The Feeding Frenzy

    The Feeding Frenzy Although records of numerous food-related human-animal dilemmas now fill my files, four situations that occurred relatively early in my veterinary medical career remain fixed in my mind because of what they taught me about the connection between food and human and animal...

  7. Canine and Human Functional MRI Comparisons

    As the author notes, the implications of these studies take us far beyond the realm of dog-love and into some moral, legal, and ethical issues that will open a real Pandora’s Box… And that’s without considering the obvious which is that there’s a high probability that...

  8. Rehoming Kids and Dogs

    This morning I heard a report on the BBC World News about Americans using the Internet to “rehome” kids they’ve adopted (primarily from foreign locations) who didn’t work out for some reason. Then I looked up the original Reuters article. The article first focuses on the...

  9. Review of "Your Brain on Nature"

    Selhub, EM & Logan, AC (2012) Your Brain on Nature: The Science of Nature’s Influence on Your Health, Happiness, and Vitality Book Review Martha Ortmann July 30, 2013 I found this book’s premise, that modern technology has removed us from the curative influence of nature to our own...

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  11. Roses, Falling Eggheads, Placebos, and the B-Word

    What do poet Gertrude Stein and our interpretation of the bond have in common? In perhaps her most memorable line she wrote, “A rose is a rose is a rose,” a deceptively simple statement that has fueled academic discussions for decades. But according to Stein herself, the line referred to the...