“At the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the dog therapy program has adapted to make sure their lineup of 127 four-legged friends can still visit patients, families and staff, even if via a computer screen. For the organizers — who haven’t missed a day of service in the past five years — the work-around was a must for their mission to continue….”
“Only a few people seem able to decipher what most people consider unreadable expressions on cats’ faces, researchers find.
These “cat whisperers” can discern subtle differences on feline faces that reveal their mood. Women and people in the veterinary field, but not necessarily cat lovers, are most likely to have this ability….”
“Animals — with their licks, cuddles, and silly antics — seem to make everything better.
We’ve seen the healing power of animals throughout the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as pet adoptions skyrocket, therapy animals bring joy to healthcare workers, and zoos throughout the country entertain us with live updates of their residents….”
“Brian Mendelssohn, owner and manager of Row House Cinema in Pittsburgh, announced the first-ever Quarantine Cat Film Fest, which will compile fan-submitted, shelter-in-place cat videos for a hilarious fundraising movie dropping June 19….”
“As TV meteorologists and reporters work from home, pets have become a part of their reports — often by accident, and always to delightful effect….”
“People forced to wait out coronavirus at home are adopting and fostering shelter dogs and cats to keep them company. The shelters are thrilled……”
“You might think being labeled the “World’s Worst Cat” would be an obstacle to finding a forever home, but not so.
Meet Perdita, a cat lovingly described by a rescue group as “just a jerk” — a kitty that stares “into your soul until you feel as if you may never be cheerful again” She’s the latest shelter pet to become an internet sensation….”
“Many dogs love sticks. For some, it’s the thrill of the chase when the stick is thrown. Others just like the satisfaction of gnawing on wood. And some just like carrying around their prize like a trophy. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that sticks look a lot like bones. What’s not to love?….”
“Pets come with some powerful mental health benefits. Here’s how caring for a dog or cat can help you cope with depression, anxiety, and stress….“
“Many of us will have experienced that super friendly cat who seems to love being stroked one minute, only to bite or swipe at us the next. It might be easy at this point to blame it on the cat, but what’s likely happening here is that we’re just not stroking them right..”