Dial Up the Dopamine!

Birds flyin' high, you know how I feel Sun in the sky, you know how I feel Breeze driftin' on by, you know how I feel It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me. Yeah, it's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me, …

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Thank you.

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” –Dalai Lama This is a shout-out to you.  A huge, sincere thank you to you. Today is all about you. It's National Pet Parent Day!  Yep.  I have to admit that I laughed when I realized this and thought, "Every day is …

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Creating Calm After the Chaos

Now that the tricks and treats of Halloween and Samhain are coming to a close, it's easy to become complacent as we wind down, but be aware: Your animal companions might still be wound up!  The endless sights, sounds, and stressors of Halloween might have deeply affected your animal companions. Hocus Pocus and the Kitty …

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Celebrate Them Every Day.

We seek the comfort of another.  Someone to share the life we choose.  Someone to help us through the never ending attempt to understand ourselves.  And in the end, someone to comfort us along the way.  ~ Marlin Finch Lupus Today I am celebrating the birthday of one of my greatest teachers.  I have had …

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Stimulate Them!

Animal enrichment promotes naturalistic behaviors that stimulate the mind and increases physical activity.  It reduces stress and therefore promotes overall health by increasing an animal's perception of control over their environment and by occupying their time.  While working for a decade as an Enrichment Coordinator for various animal sections at the Audubon Zoo, I learned that …

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Hugs and Hostages?

  2014 It's National Hug Your Dog Day!  Let's dig deep into the science of hugs! I will be the first to admit: Sometimes I want to hug our dog and cats (and other animals) like the Abominable Snowman in the bit from "Daffy Duck's Quackbusters" cartoon.   But I don't.   I know they don't …

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Holy Moly Hormones!

“Why is patience so important?""Because it makes us pay attention.” ― Paulo Coelho It's that time of year again! ... Spring is here. The hormones have kicked in. Get Ready. Many of you know the scenario: One day your affectionate parrot is a content, happy member of your family, and the next minute he or she is …

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Boredom Busters!

Rainy days and Mondays don't have to get them down! There is always something that we can do as pet guardians to help our animals when they are bored, frightened, or frustrated. There is a very popular homemade game that dog guardians have been playing with their dogs for years, and now you get to play …

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