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Jul 2018

  1. Devoted dogs really are man's best friend - survey

    A recent survey of 1,000 pet owners revealed that 47 percent of owners consider their dog as their best friend, ahead of human family and friends. The survey was set to coincide with National Friendship Day on July 30.

  2. How employees' pets could amplify engagement

    In a study published by Nationwide and the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, researchers found that 91 percent of employees who work for pet-friendly companies feel more engaged in their work, compared to 65 percent of employees at companies that ae not pet-friendly.

  3. This cat-borne parasite might just make you more entrepreneurial

    New research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B discusses the role that Toxoplasma gondii plays in human decision-making. T. gondii reproduces in cats, wild and domestic, and impacts approximately 2 billion people across the globe. The study, which...

  4. Empathetic dogs lend a helping paw

    In a study published in Learning & Behavior, researchers show that dogs show empathy if their owner is in distress and responded more quickly to sounds of distress. The study also showed that therapy dogs involved in the study performed as well as companion dogs.

  5. Gene study pinpoints superbug link between people and animals

    Scientists studying the genes of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus have shed light on how disease can jump between humans and animals. The new findings could help improve the use of antibiotics and design strategies that would limit the spread of disease.

  6. Common pleas court welcomes Tank the therapy dog

    The Turning Point drug court has welcomed therapy dog Tank as a new staff member. A Golden Retriever, Tank comes from the Circle Tails organization and completed training with the Inmate/Canine Educational Training program. Tank will also be available for scheduled use by any specialized docket...

  7. New Nonprofit Caring Companions of Santa Barbara Opens to Serve Seniors

    Caring Companions of Santa Barbara, a new nonprofit to the Santa Barbara area, will be offering services to seniors. They will be partnering with Happy Living In-Home Care, Senior Planning Services, Nurse Core, Help Unlimited, Take Me Care Transportation Services, and Ageless Fitness. Services...

  8. Can Dogs Keep Kids from Getting Allergies?

    Studies from recent years may be lending support to the benefits dogs provide to man not only via mental and physical health, but even through the human microbiome, which could strengthen the immune system.