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  1. A Lesson in Humility: Traveling with Beau

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    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Donald F. Smith

    In Part 4 in a series of stories reflecting on a 2007 trip to Alaska with his dog, Beau, the drive across North Dakota was their worst day when Beau became ill. It proved to be the turning point in the experience of traveling with a dog and offered a dose of humility and common sense not...

  2. The Texas of Canada: Traveling with Beau

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    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Donald F. Smith

    In Part 6 in a series of stories reflecting on a 2007 trip to Alaska with his dog, Beau, the travelers cross Alberta into British Columbia at the eastern terminus of the ALCAN, or Alaska-Canada Highway.    

  3. The Canadian Prairie: Traveling with Beau

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    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Donald F. Smith

    In Part 5 in a series of stories reflecting on a 2007 trip to Alaska with his dog, Beau, views of the Canadian prairie are described from the U.S. border through Saskatchewan.

  4. Arriving at Anchorage: Traveling with Beau

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    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Donald F. Smith

    In Part 9 in a series of stories reflecting on a 2007 trip to Alaska with his dog, Beau, the travelers stopped to admire the Matanuska Glacier before proceeding to Anchorage for a good night's sleep in a hotel and a rendezvous with Doris, Dr. Smith's wife who had flown in.

  5. Traveling Dog Named Beau

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    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Donald F. Smith

    The life of Beau, a favorite dog of the Smith family, is chronicled during his years of travelling, including to an epic journey to Alaska. Remembering those moments provides some of the greatest blessings through that special relationship called the human-animal bond.

  6. Veterinary Education in Indiana: From Horses to Hogs to the Human-Animal Bond

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    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Donald F. Smith

    Though Purdue University’s first veterinary class graduated just over 50 years ago in 1963, there had been a long and vibrant history of veterinary education in the state of Indiana dating back to the 1890s when the Indiana Veterinary College was founded.

  7. I was not born with a mask!

    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Erasmo de Oliveira

    Year 2020. The Mankind “evolved” frighteningly (in the broadest sense of this word); It created wings, conquered other planets, played God by manipulating DNA and the atom. Today, it is very “natural” to use a smartphone, but it seems ridiculous to hear the silence and...

  8. Animals and THE POLICE

    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Erasmo de Oliveira

    ANIMALS AND THE POLICE:much more than mascotsThe partnership between the equine / canine / human species, their benefits for the maintenance of social order and public security and the role of police forces in education for the respect of animals and their responsible...

  9. Let's rethink our society, which recycle CANS and discards living beings

    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Erasmo de Oliveira

    “Let’s rethink our society, which recycleCANS and discards living beings”ErasmodeOliveira(Animal Defender)Adoption of stray animals is a big social medicament, a factor to increase quality of life, which solves the abandonment of animals, avoids accidents of...

  10. Companion Animals Help People with Mental Health Problems

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    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Marc Bekoff

  11. Pets Are Good For Us—But Not In The Ways We Think They Are

    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Simon Worrall

    An animal expert debunks myths about our furry companions.    

  12. Here's Why Your Dog Might Not Be As Cute As You Think

    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Harold Herzog

    I always thought our yellow lab Tsali was the cutest dog in our neighborhood. But a study by Pauleen Bennett's Australian Anthrozoology Research Group at La Trobe University has given me second thoughts. The lead author of the study was Pinar Thorn. The researchers investigated attachment to...

  13. Road Kill and the New Science of Human-Animal Relationships

    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Harold Herzog

    The new science of human-animal interactions, anthrozoology, rests on a premise by the French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss. "Animals," he wrote, "are good to think with." His point was that we can learn a lot about human nature by studying how we think about and act...

  14. Say "Neigh" to Abuse: On the Treatment of Horses and Mules in the Civil War

    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Anika N. Jensen

    The stuffed head of Old Baldy, General George Meade’s favorite horse, can be found mounted on the wall of the Grand Army of the Republic Museum in Philadelphia. General Robert E. Lee’s horse, Traveler, received gifts and international adoration even after the war’s end, and...

  15. Feature Story: Therapy dogs bring relief for stressed-out students

    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Costa Maragos

    Dogs can bring great comfort to people dealing with stress. Now research shows there are many therapeutic benefits to bringing therapy dogs to university campuses to help stressed-out students, particularly during final exam time. “We found that dogs offer students love and support. This is...

  16. Max and Rain

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    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Eileen Bona

    This is the true story of a boy with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and how he was helped to understand his diagnosis and change his negative behavior through working with a rescued therapy horse at a therapeutic animal assisted program in Alberta canada.

  17. Marcy and Echo

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    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Eileen Bona

    This is a true story of how a girl with fetal alcohol syndrome was helped through equine facilitated counselling at a therapeutic animal assisted program in Alberta Canada.

  18. Jerry and Thorpuppy

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    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Eileen Bona

    This is a true story about a boy with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and how canine assisted therapy and equine facilitated couselling helped him in a program in Alberta Canada

  19. Jenn and Echo

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    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Eileen Bona

    This is a true story of a youth at risk who worked with a rescued race horse at an equine facilitated counselling program in Alberta Canada to heal and  find inner peace.

  20. For the Love of a Turkey

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    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Eileen Bona

    This is a true story of how a child with Anorexia was helped to overcome her illness and learn healthy coping skills through the animal assisted intervention of a Wild Thom Turkey in a animal assisted therepeutic program in Alberta Canada.