Feature Story: Dr. Sue Furman, PhD

Recently, I was interviewed by Nicole Cobler of the Victoria Advocate, Victoria, TX.  Nicole was doing a feature story on my Canine Massage Instructor, Dr. Sue Furman, PhD.  I'm excited to have this opportunity to share the interview and video.  Dr. Furman is truly amazing and her career in teaching and working with animals is extensive.  I totally recommend her online classes in both Canine Massage and Acupressure as well as her more general Pet Owner classes.  Whether you would like to embark on a career helping and working with animals or are just interested in helping your own furry friend maintain better health, Dr. Furman is quick to share her knowledge and love of animals.

Victorian teaches gentle touch for canines (w/video)

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November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Make it a true Thanks Giving.  Adopt a Senior!

Seniors are the best kept secret.  Why wouldn't you want to adopt an older companion?  They are past the puppy chewing stage, which means your shoes and table legs are safe.  Seniors are already housetrained, or at least can get with the program pretty quick.  They are perfect for someone who lives a low-key lifestyle and wants to come home after a long day to find their best friend lovingly and patiently waiting for them.  They are not a 24-7 job needing constant monitoring the way puppies do.  Older companions become part of the family in no time.

What do you get in return for being a hero and saving a life?  You get an instant bond and unparalleled return on your emotional investment.  Older dogs seem to have a little extra love to give.  One look into their adoring eyes and you can see where they have been, the losses they have suffered and how grateful they are that you took a chance on them.

pepsi3Pictured here is one of Greyhound League of Texas's special seniors available for adoption. 

Pepsi, aka Pepsi Paws, is a 10-year old red fawn male born April 29, 2003.  His sire is Winky Dink and his dam is I'll Say She Can.  Pepsi has 6 races to his credit on Greyhound-data.com, all at Valley Race Park in Texas in 2005.  Pepsi is going to put some pep into finding a forever home!

 

Pepsi's foster parents say this about him:

Pepsi is a very sweet and quite the retired gentleman.  He is in no hurry to get up in the morning, because he sleeps so well at night.  pepsi7He has the run of the house during the day when we are at work, never bothering anything.  He shares our house with our other three female greyhound girls and they all get along very well. 

He loves to be outside, always peering out the door or windows.  He often is on the hunt for pesky squirrels and gives them a run for their money up a tree or fence. 

He just recently learned to cookies from our hands [sic] and now he has learned about them, he is quickly becoming very interested in them.  He loves to follow you around from room to room, and if you are outside working he will lie outside until you have finished your task.

Pepsi has the funniest fold over his ears and the softest fur.  When we brought him home, our girls flirted with him for the longest time!

If you are looking for a sweet, laid back boy (who is quite handsome to boot) that is dedicated to you and loving, Pepsi is your boy.  ~Pepsi's Foster Parents.

Below are a few of the many sites where you can find more information.

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Brighter Tomorrows Women's Shelter Hosts Their 1st Annual Purple Paw Project

dog for purple paw articleThe first annual Purple Paw project served as a kick-off event to help Brighter Tomorrows raise awareness and community support highlighting the issue of women staying in abusive situations longer for fear of what will happen to their pets if they leave.

The ASPCA estimates that up to 48% of women stay in abusive situations longer because they fear for the safety and well-being of their pets.  Additionally, in 4 out of 5 cases of domestic violence, abusive partners had also been violent toward pets.  Unfortunately, because very few domestic violence shelters can accommodate pets, victims face the terrible decision of either leaving their pets in a dangerous environment, or giving up their furry loved ones.

The Purple Pet Project, scheduled during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, offered a variety of pet-friendly activities along with domestic violence education and resources for the communities of Irving, Grand Prairie and beyond.  Events included dog grooming, a pet costume contest, a scavenger hunt, kids' barking contest, food trucks for humans AND pups and more!!!

Purple PawThe money raised through this event all went to help fund housing in shelters or foster situations for pets of women seeking shelter and afraid to leave their beloved pets behind for fear of what will happen to them.

Several groups including Service/Therapy Dogs and Irving K9 spoke about their roles serving the community and the invaluable roles their dogs play.  One of the Brighter Tomorrows staff told of a child that had been abused and wouldn't speak to anyone.  A therapy dog was brought in for the child to love and hold.  After a short time, the child asked if she could tell the dog what had happened.  She then whispered into the dog's ear what she had endured.

The unconditional love that our animals give and the pain and suffering they willingly help us through is something to be marveled at and forever appreciated.

Brighter Tomorrows is already planning next year's event.  If you are in the DFW Metroplex, set yourselves a reminder to watch for this wonderful event next October.  Don't miss out on an opportunity to help make a difference and enjoy a day with your best friend.

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