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  1. Understanding Spinner Dolphin Marine Tourism in Hawai'i: A Social Approach to Assessing Underwater Interactions

    Contributor(s):: Carlie S. Wiener

    The popularity of wild spinner dolphin interactions in the Hawaiian Islands has led to the expansion of businesses that incorporate in-water experiences with the dolphins. The growth of dolphin-related commerce has spread so quickly that regulations have not been able to keep up. Subsequently,...

  2. Physically disabled adolescents' experience of therapeutic riding : a phenomenological investigation

    Contributor(s):: Suzette Weideman

    This dissertation serves as a report of a qualitative exploration of the experience of adolescents with physical disabilities during therapeutic horse-riding. The aim of the study is to understand the impact of therapeutic riding on the lived world of the participants in this unique form of...

  3. Street Involved Youth and Companion Animals: A Phenomenological Study

    Contributor(s):: Melissa Caines

    Of the approximate one hundred and fifty thousand youth in Canada who are homeless on any given night as many as 25 percent of them share their lives with companion animals (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2006) . For many of these young people their companion animal is their only source of...

  4. Creature comforts: An exploration of pet owners and their experiences of wellbeing gained through their relationships with their companion animals

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    Contributor(s):: Jennifer Jane Johnson, Valda Swinton (adviser)

    The aim of this phenomenological research was to gain greater understanding of people’s lived experience of their relationships with companion animals. Of particular interest were the everyday aspects of the relationship. Four participants were interviewed and Interpretive Phenomenological...

  5. Pet Loss and Human Bereavement: A Phenomenological Study of Attachment and the Grieving Process

    Contributor(s):: Michelle K Crossley

    Through the analysis of a phenomenological research design, this study examined (a) the lived experiences of pet owners who have experienced the loss of a companion animal; (b) the similarities and differences of human animal attachment as described by a multicultural sample of grieving pet...

  6. Kindred spirits: A phenomenological study of the experience of volunteering with a companion animal

    Contributor(s):: Paige, Leslie