A Qualitative Assessment of Virginia Beach Dog Park Users
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| Contributor(s):: Edwin Gomez, John Hunting
The purpose of this paper is to look at a Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) dog park as a case study exploring the benefits and perceptions of dog parks by its users. The qualitative methodology follows an earlier dog park study by Gómez (2013) in Norfolk, VA. Our findings indicated three...
Therapy dogs on campus: An exploration of how dog therapy services affect undergraduate students' stress levels
| Contributor(s):: Tanna Lauriente, Drayden A.D. Kopp
University can be stressful for many undergraduates. Fortunately, there are various stress reduction strategies, including weekly dog therapy sessions, offered at Thompson Rivers University. This study investigated the effects of dog therapy on students via a self-reported stress survey....
Problematising upstream technology through speculative design: the case of quantified cats and dogs
| Contributor(s):: Shaun Lawson, Ben Kirman, Conor Linehan, Tom Feltwell, Lisa Hopkins
There is growing interest in technology that quantifies aspects of our lives. This paper draws on critical practice and speculative design to explore, question and problematise the ultimate consequences of such technology using the quantification of companion animals (pets) as a case study. We...
Understanding past human-animal relationships through the analysis of fractures: a case study from a Roman site in the Netherlands
| Contributor(s):: Maaike Groot
In studying fractures in archaeology, we should focus on what they can tell us about human-animal relationships. It is important to show other (zoo-) archaeologists that palaeopathology can be a valuable tool in answering (zoo-) archaeological questions. In this paper, a short summary of fracture...
Specialists' viewpoints on the human-animal bond in practice: a panel discussion
| Contributor(s):: Ogilvie, G. K.
A dermatologist's viewpoint on the significance of the human-animal bond in practice
| Contributor(s):: Liska, D. A.
Behavior questions and answers
| Contributor(s):: Horwitz, D. F.
Pet Companion Robot for Visually Impaired Elderly
| Contributor(s):: Fanglin Chao
The proposed concept serves as the middle person to feed, detect, trash collect and communicate between the elderly and the pet. Several kind of interaction mode was also proposed to fulfill the ability and living characteristics of the elderly. Although only part of function...
An Interdisciplinary Approach of Animal Assisted Therapy for the Special Needs Children
| Contributor(s):: Victor Chitic
The study investigates the dynamic of verbal and non-verbal communication in the context of Animal Assisted Therapy for children with special needs, using ethological and sociometrical methods (i.e. focal individual sampling, ethogram and sequential behavior analysis). The study followed the...
WOOF: Rin Tin Tin and the Hero Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Amos St. Germain
Susan Orlean’s recent book on the phenomenon of Rin Tin Tin has rekindled this author’s interest in “Rinty” and our fascination with animal heroes, particularly dogs. How does Rinty work as a hero? What does Rinty tell us about ourselves?
Exploring interspecies sensemaking: dog tracking and multispecies ethnography
| Contributor(s):: Clara Mancini, Janet van der Linden, Jon Bryan, Andrew Stuart
The domestic use of tracking technology with pets is on the rise, yet is under-researched. We investigate how tracking practices reconfigure human-dog relationships changing both humans and dogs. We question the sensemaking mechanisms by which both humans and dogs engage in context-based...
Representations of laboratory animals in popular media forms
| Contributor(s):: Alison Moore
Attitudes to animals are in part formed through engagement with popular culture and therefore we should pay attention to the potential of this domain for shaping animal lives. But can popular culture really do anything for the ‘laboratory’ animal? This paper explores the persistent...
Regulating dogs, goats, companions and their humans 1898-1998: modern to post-modern pets?
| Contributor(s):: Fiona Borthwick
Franklin and White (2001) present the results of a content analysis on animal-related stories in the Tasmanian newspaper, The Mercury, over the period 1949-1998. The research was designed to test the thesis presented in Franklin's (1999) earlier publication. In summary, Franklin (1999) links the...
Noisy, smelly, dirty dogs: a sensorial autoethnography of living with dogs
There are many accounts of the current strong connection between dogs and some humans. These accounts imply or pre-suppose a strong social-sensual relation between dogs and their humans. In a highly visualised culture how is this social-sensual relation mediated? What role does olfaction play?...
The treatment of accidental anticoagulant toxicity in the canine
| Contributor(s):: James G. Miller
Anticoagulant poisoning is only one of several causes of hemorrhage in dogs. Hemophilia,von Willebrand's disease, liver diseases, and infections are cited as additional causes of hemorrhage. The duration of anticoagulant activity determines the treatment protocol. The half-life of warfarin is 19...
The role of service dogs in the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder
| Contributor(s):: Adams, C. L.