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  1. Parenting a Companion Animal as a Precursor to Parenting a Human Child

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    | Contributor(s):: Kasey A Travitz, Sandra Lookabaugh

    Participants were ten emerging adult (18-29), heterosexual couples who have had a companion animal for at least six months and have no human children. The present study evaluated parenting responsibilities associated with the companion animal including caregiving, expenses, and negotiation....

  2. Helminth Fauna in Captive European Gray Wolves (Canis lupus lupus) in Germany

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    | Contributor(s):: Johanna Daniela Bindke, Andrea Springer, Michael Böer, Christina Strube

    Captive as well as free-ranging wolves, which are currently recolonizing Germany, may harbor a variety of gastrointestinal parasites. This study investigated endoparasites in captive European gray wolves (Canis lupus lupus) using coproscopical methods. Fecal samples were collected monthly...

  3. Give Us Paws

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    Give Us Paws is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in Houston, Texas. We provide subsidized and free, in-home training of eligible candidates' dogs as service animals. We focus on veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury...

  4. Death and Dying in Human and Companion Canine Relations

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    | Contributor(s):: Maria MA Desougi

    Since before the Neolithic Revolution, when human civilisation first emerged, humans and canines have lived, and died, together. This Scottish study is conducted in the field of animal-human interaction and, using qualitative methods, applies established insights from the sociology of health...

  5. From Steppe to Stable: Horses and Horsemanship in the Ancient World

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    | Contributor(s):: Carolyn Willekes, Waldemar Heckel

    This dissertation is a re-evaluation of the horse in the ancient world. The approach is not based on humans and human controls, rather it seeks to examine the equines of antiquity from the viewpoint of the horses themselves. This is accomplished by looking at equine conformation and how form...

  6. "Maintaining the Mobility of the Corps:" Horses, Mules, and the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps in the Great War

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    | Contributor(s):: Andrew McEwen, Patrick Brennan

    Animal transportation played a crucial role in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the Great War. In an era of growing mechanization and technological development, horses and mules still provided the overwhelming bulk of draught power in the combat zone. They hauled artillery,...

  7. The Value Chain Approach in One Health: Conceptual Framing and Focus on Present Applications and Challenges

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    | Contributor(s):: Nicolas Antoine-Moussiaux, Marisa Peyre, Pascal Bonnet, Charles Bebay, Mohammed Bengoumi, Astrid Tripodi

    The value chain (VC) is a major operational concept for socioeconomic analysis at meso level. Widely mobilized in development practice, it is still undergoing conceptual and practical refining, e.g., to take account of environmental and social sustainability. Briefly, VC refers to a system of...

  8. Beyond Animal Husbandry: The Study of Farm Animal Cognition and Ensuing Ethical Issues

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    | Contributor(s):: C C Croney, B Gardner, S Baggot

    Concerns about the welfare of agricultural animals in corporate or “factory farming” systems are growing. Increasingly, it is suggested that modern farm animal production practices are morally objectionable, causing physical and mental suffering to animals. Such criticisms are...

  9. Riding for the Handicapped of Western Pennsylvania

    RHWPA Inc. is a therapeutic horseback riding program that has helped children and young adults with disabilities for more than 30 years. It is run by volunteers and funded by donations, fundraising, and grants.

  10. 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...

  11. Behavioural risks in male dogs with minimal lifetime exposure to gonadal hormones may complicate population-control benefits of desexing

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    | Contributor(s):: Paul D McGreevy, Bethany Wilson, Melissa J Starling, James A Serpell

    Castration of dogs is a widespread practise with clear justification in population control and knock-on benefits for animal welfare. Deleterious behavioural consequences of castration are believed to be negligible. Gonadectomy is widely recommended as part of a multi-factorial approach to...

  12. They Say Emotional Support Dog, We Say Service Dog: Why the Americans with Disabilities Act Should Recognize Emotional Support Dogs as Service Animals

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    | Contributor(s):: Chelsea Hernandez-Silk

    This article explores the laws surrounding emotional support animals. Specifically, the author analyzes the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Air Carrier Access Act. This article proposes that emotional support animals should be recognized under federal legislation...

  13. Unleashing the Beast: Animals, Energy, and the Economy of Labor in Ottoman Egypt

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    | Contributor(s):: Alan Mikhail

    In the land-based agrarian world of early modern Ottoman Egypt, animal wealth, labor, and movement were the bases of social and economic life. Animals were the trucks, motors, cranes, heaters, and gas stations of this early modern society. Interspecies relations between humans and various...

  14. Dogs: A Prescription for Health Issues?

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    | Contributor(s):: Denise Magallon

    The human-­‐animal bond has been seen throughout many generations. Pet owners, especially those who own dogs, are known to live a different lifestyle than non-­‐pet owners. However, the individuals who can receive the most benefits from dogs are those with certain psychological and...

  15. An evaluation of models for an animal care program in wildlife research for Parks Canada

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    | Contributor(s):: Jacqueline Wepruk, Stephen M Herrero, Marcy Wilhelm-South

  16. Heroes and Horses

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    Heroes and Horses is a Montana-based nonprofit organization that has created an innovative, three-phase reintegration program, which is offered to qualifying combat veterans (at no cost to them) suffering from PTSD. Our program utilizes the remote wilderness of Montana, coupled with human and...

  17. A Different Approach to Horse Handling, Based on the Jeffery Method

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    | Contributor(s):: Judith K Blackshaw, Des Kirk, Sharon E Cregier

    A method of horse training is discussed which is based on an old technique known in Australia as the "Jeffery method." It makes use of several behavioral principles, including understanding of horse behavior, reinforcement for desired behavior, and use of flight distance principles.

  18. Horses and Mules of the Canadian Artillery and Ammunition Columns during the First World War

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    | Contributor(s):: Samantha Lemna, Patrick Brennan, Marcy Wilhelm-South

    This thesis develops a narrative for the horses and mules of the Canadian artillery units and ammunition columns, while consequently expanding that of the soldiers serving alongside them. Carrying out mounted, draught, and pack work, these animals played an invaluable role in military...

  19. So You Have A Dog?

    | Contributor(s):: Donald Irwin Craig, Donald I. Craig

    Responsibilities of dog ownership and benefits of a family dog.

  20. Exploring the Role of Communication in Companion Animal Obesity in the Veterinary Practice

    | Contributor(s):: Alexandra Phillips, Cindy Adams (adviser)

    Veterinarians are tasked with an important communication challenge when treating obese cats and dogs, as obesity among pets remains a prevalent health and welfare concern. Our objectives were to 1) foster further understanding of the owner and veterinary perspectives of the complex factors that...