MP camps out overnight for animal welfare

One of the intriguing customs of the British Parliament is allowing Members of Parliament (MPs) to camp out overnight in Parliament for the privilege of introducing a private members bill. With two bills on animal welfare in mind, MP Kevin Foster recently did just that.


Foster’s bills deal with  banning the use of wild animals in circuses and increasing sentences for dog fighting in England. READ MORE==>

Fireworks = Scared dogs

Please be careful at this time of year when fireworks are being set off. Loud noises frighten most dogs. Not only do they suffer from fear and anxiety, but if unrestrained, fear crazed dogs may run so far away to escape the noise that they are never found again.

Here is some timely advice from Kylee Sapp of the Roanoke Times: READ MORE ==>

Pets and Wildfire – The Fort McMurray SPCA

Many of us will have heard about the devastating wildfire that destroyed part of the town of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, Canada. “On May 3, it swept through the community, destroying approximately 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Albertan history.” [Wikipedia]

Pets of course were at risk too. And there to help residents was the Fort McMurray SPCA.

Donations to the Society to assist all the pets of Fort McMurray will be much appreciated.

The ‘Playful Pooch’ and Dog-Assisted Therapy

We all seek health, both for ourselves and for out loved ones. But in addition to health, although we seldom think about it, is the equally desirable goal of wellbeing. We all know what we mean by health, but what about wellbeing? The New Economics Foundation has defined wellbeing as “a dynamic process that gives people a sense of how their lives are going, through the interaction between their circumstances, activities and psychological resources or mental capital.”

Dr. Risë VanFleet

If we feel happy and contented, enjoy life, maintain a curiosity about our world and engage meaningfully with that world, then we are experiencing the sense of wellbeing. Those with a strong sense of wellbeing will have control over their lives and a sense of purpose.

How many of us realize that dogs can be a powerful contribution to the health and wellbeing agenda? Well, Dr. Risë VanFleet, founder of the ‘Playful Pooch,’ has certainly done so. Check out the Playful Pooch for lots of information on animal-assisted therapy and play therapy. Dogs really can restore a sense of wellbeing to our lives.