Saturday, August 11, 2018

5 Ways Pets Can Be Healing for Those in Recovery

(C) Allen Pearson
We all know how much pure joy and happiness our pets bring us each and every day. Whether they are meeting us at the door after a long day at work with their tails wagging and a warm welcoming twinkle in their eyes or they are demonstrating silly playful acts that make us smile our pets are truly an important part of our daily lives. Did you know that pets are beneficial to us both physically and mentally? Here are five ways in which pets can offer healing to people in recovery—whether physical recovery or recovery from drug or alcohol addiction.

Physical Benefits
  • Helps reduce stress by releasing oxytocin (a relaxation hormone)
  • Blood pressure improves which improves heart health
  • Helps reduce overall pain associated with recovery
Mental Benefits 
  • Lifts spirits thus decreasing depression and the feeling of being alone
  • Encourages communication and socialization
(C) Allen Pearson
When treating someone that is, for example, recovering from knee replacement surgery many factors go into making sure they heal properly and timely. By focusing on the physical well-being as well as the mental health of the patient, therapists and doctors can be sure their patients will heal better than expected. Many times after such an invasive surgery, patients are left with lots of pain and self-doubt.

Questions such as, "Will I ever be able to walk again?" may surface as physical therapy combined with the physical pain may be too much to handle. Depression could also result from such doubt. This is where pet therapy could come into play. By introducing a furry friend to this patient, their anxiety and depression would be calmed. Also with the release of oxytocin, their pain would be more manageable which would, in turn, give them much more motivation to continue and push through their recovery therapy.

Pet therapy does not have to just heal those that have physical impediments. It can also do wonders for those that have perhaps gone through something very traumatic in their lives such as witnessing the death of a loved one or having been through situations of horrible neglect and abuse. These people do not respond to social situations very well and generally display reactions of high anxiety and stress. Sometimes they will completely close themselves off as their internal survival mechanisms kick in.

So how would our loving fur babies help in this sort of situation? Again, this has a lot to do with the release of endorphins that help to alleviate stress and anxiety. By introducing these patients to warm, loving animals, they will not only get the benefits of relaxation but they, in time, will also learn to trust these animals. Building trust with the therapy pets is just the start of a journey of learning to build trust with people and going on to build relationships, friendships and a more fulfilling life.

Another and possibly more obvious example of how pets can aid in the healing process of someone in desperate need would be a patient that has undergone a life-altering cardiac event. Not only is this stressful for the patient but is equally as stressful to their loved ones. Pet therapy in this sort of situation would be beneficial for the entire family. By healing the stress and anxiety of the loved ones, they will, in turn, be able to provide much-needed support to the recovering patient. The beloved pet will also be able to provide additional support by not only helping to keep the patient's blood pressure at an acceptable level bettering their cardiac condition, but they can help the patient ward off any depression and give them a new outlook on life.

In conclusion...

No matter how we look at it, pets are truly a blessing in so many ways. The mere fact that they give us a reason to smile and make us feel unconditionally loved is only topped by them giving us so many added health benefits. So snuggle your pets. Take them for a walk more often. Give them an extra minute of a scratch in their favorite spot. With everything they do for us, this is the least we can do for them.

About the Author:
Peter Lang is a freelance writer from Atlanta, Georgia. In recovery himself, he is dedicated to helping those who struggle from drug and alcohol addiction.

(C) Allen Pearson

Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc
Creative: Allen Pearson

WOOF! It seems my pawsome pal, "Lab Lady" from Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. has become a work traveler, barkingly, or maybe she sent one of her pawsome volunteers, by going to Puerto Rico to pick-up Sultan for you to meet!
Sultan was living in Puerto Rico when the country suffered the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria! Barkingly, as Lab Rescue kept in touch with rescue needing assistance, they received a call about this handsome fella Sultan needing assistance! 
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc
Creative: Allen Pearson

Sultan is a Black Labrador Retriever around 2-years-old. He was living in not-great conditions after his owner passed away and his owner's mother needed to relocate! After a long journey through the skies to arrive at Dulles International Airport, Sultan promptly received the Veterinary care he needed.

Barkingly, my friends at Lab Rescue say Sultan loves being petted, giving kisses, and walking on the leash. WOOF! The pawsome friends are learning more about Sultan and will share as they can! WOOF!

Sultan has tested heartworm-positive. Lab Rescue will pay for his treatment so that he can get back to being the playful young dog that he deserves to be!

If you would like to meet Sultan, learn more about dog adoption or apply to adopt him, pawlease complete the Lab Rescue Dog Adoption Application

Unable to adopt? Barks, how about supporting Sultan financially? Donations will assist with his care. Any extra funds will be used to assist other Labrador Retrievers at Lab Rescue. Interested, please donate HERE!

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)

Photo Credit: Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)
Creative: Allen Pearson

Meet my new friend Honeybee from Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)! She is around 4-months-old, not declawed, and is friendly with other cats, dogs, and mini-humans!

Honeybee loves to romp and play more than anything else! Well, almost. A good scratch box with a little catnip is meowingly pawsome too!

Honeybee gets a bit scared when new humans pick her up. Pawlease allow her to share her lovin's on all 4 paws- until you get to know each other that is!

Do you have questions about Honeybee? Pawlease contact Kim.

Before completing an application to meet or adopt Honeybee, pawlease read through Homeless Animals Rescue Teams Kitten Adoption Policy.

Interested in meeting Honeybee or applying to adopt? Pawlease complete the Homeless Animals Rescue Team Cat Adoption Application.

Unable to adopt? Meowingly, how about supporting Honeybee financially? Donations will assist with her care. Any extra funds will be used to assist other cats at Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART). Interested, please donate HERE!

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Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Operation Paws for Homes

Photo Credit: Operation Paws for Homes
Creative: Allen Pearson
My friends at Operation Paws for Homes brought by a pawsome character for you to meet this week! Young MC!

DogYoung MC is around 11-months-old and a Miniature Pinscher mix! He enjoys playing with toys playing tug and chasing tennis balls! Barkingly, he loves playing with the other dogs in his foster home too! WOOF! He loves nice walks around the neighborhood but is a little scared of the big noisy trucks. He would like a home in a quiet neighborhood where he can watch mini-humans play!

Young MC can be shy around new humans but if you give him a chance to warm up, he's not shy at all! WOOF! 

Young MC has pawsome crate skills and is working on his house training!

If you would like to learn more about dog adoption, pawlease visit the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Guide.

Interested in meeting Young MC or applying to adopt? Pawlease complete the Operation Paws for Homes Dog Adoption Application

Unable to adopt? Barkingly, how about supporting Young MC financially? Donations will assist with his care. Any extra funds will be used to assist other dogs at Operation Paws for Homes. Interested, please donate HERE!

Photo Credit: Operation Paws for Homes
Creative: Allen Pearson

Photo Credit: Operation Paws for Homes
Creative: Allen Pearson

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Operation Paws for Homes and Hydrodog Present a Day of Sipping Wine and Adoptable Canines

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HydroDog is holding its first "Bathe to Save" event in Virginia with their mobile Big Blue Dog grooming van to pamper attendees’ personal pups and promote animal adoption

– Meet, greet and fall in love with adoptable OPH Rescue dogs in search of their forever home

WOOF! My pawsome friends at Operation Paws for Homes (OPH Rescue) are partnering with HydroDog to host a "Bathe to Save" event at Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, Virginia on Saturday, August 11 from 11a.m. - 4 p.m.

Barks, along with meeting some pawsomely adorable OPH Rescue dogs, attendees will enjoy scenic views and award-winning wines while their own pooches are being pampered in HydroDog’s mobile Big Blue Dog grooming van!

WOOF! All proceeds raised by HydroDog’s dog washing service at this event will be donated to OPH Rescue.

Catering to all breeds and sizes of dogs, HydroDog’s "Bathe to Save" events are focused on partnering with animal rescue groups/organizations and businesses (especially pet-centric) across the U.S. not only to raise awareness of the benefits of animal adoption but to help raise money for animal rescues and ultimately save the lives of dogs.

Barrel Oak Winery is a dog-friendly favorite for D.C.-area wine and beer enthusiasts, growing and producing quality red and white wines in a comfortable environment that can be enjoyed by guests and friends alike. In addition to their wine selection, Barrel Oak Winery is also home to the Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse brewery that features award-winning beers.

For more information or to RSVP, check out the Facebook event page. Join the conversation on social media by following OPH Rescue on Twitter, Instagram and ‘Like’ us on Facebook for more updates!

Operation Paws for Homes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of dogs. Dogs are rescued from rural, overcrowded shelters in South Carolina, North Carolina, and southern Virginia. These shelters are faced with daily and constant challenges - few adopters, underdeveloped spay/neuter programs in their counties and, in many instances, a lack of public education around spay/neuter programs. With limited resources, the shelters are forced to put down 50% to 90% of their dogs without rescue intervention.

Volunteer-powered by a dedicated group of animal lovers, OPH Rescue provides a holistic model to rescue, providing services such as education and outreach, professional dog training, counseling and medical assistance. Additionally, they partner with organizations who train their rescued dogs to become service, police and working dogs, such as mine detection and bomb-sniffing dogs. For more information, go to go to

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Creative: Allen Pearson
WOOF! WOOF! Black Labrador Retrievers are the most pawsome, adorable, sweet, handsome, and smart dogs in the universe! WOOF! WOOF! I should know and I speaketh the truth! WOOF! My pawsome friend "Lab Lady" from Lab Rescue brought by a friend for you to meet this week, Davy!

Davy is looking for a home in a single-family house or townhouse located in a rural or suburban area with no fence requirement.

Davy is a sweet and mellow fella! He doesn't seem to mind the noises he hears in a townhouse.
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Creative: Allen Pearson

Davy enjoyed a trip with his foster to the lake. He wasn't too sure about the "water" part but he enjoyed meeting new humans and canine friends!  He is hoping to travel on vacations with his own family too!

Davy is not a fast walker. He doesn't pull on his harness unless he sees a rabbit or squirrel! Barkingly, he usually lags behind a bit! Paws, he enjoys shorter walks. He's gotten along with dogs he's met on walks.

Davy has pawsome house manners. Barks, he's very helpful in making sure you keep your counter clean! WOOF!

Davy has done fine with humans handling him! He likes to be near his humans but isn't quite the Velcro Lab!

Davy is good with other dog's he's met. He has no history with cats or mini-humans. He is approved for mini-humans ages 10 and older.

If you would like to learn more about dog adoption, pawlease visit the Lab Rescue Adoption Guide.

Interested in meeting or adopting Davy? Pawlease complete the Lab Rescue Dog Adoption Application.

Unable to adopt? WOOF! How about supporting Davy financially? Donations will assist with Davy's care. Any extra funds will be used to assist other Labrador Retrievers at Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.. Interested, please donate HERE!
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Creative: Allen Pearson
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Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

Photo Credit: PetConnect Rescue
Creative: Allen Pearson

You know how I am always saying "black is beautiful?" Paws, it's not only beautiful but it's adorable, cute, handsome and all those pawsomely wonderful traits. I should know! Meow, my new buddy from PetConnect Rescue is a pawsome example of a handsome black cat!

WOOF! er, MEOW! Meet my friend Blackberry!
Photo Credit: PetConnect Rescue
Creative: Allen Pearson

Blackberry pawsitively loves to explore! He's always looking for ways to be rascally with his other siblings at the rescue! Meowingly, he still appreciates a snuggle when he gets sleepy!

A Note from my friends at PetConnect Rescue: Blackberry's adoption fee is $135. The fee helps with routine vet care costs but does not include the cost of spay/neuter. If Blackberry is not spayed or neutered at the time of his adoption, you will be required to sign a contract obligating you to ensure this procedure is performed. PetConnect collects a $100 spay/neuter deposit which will be refunded after the procedure is performed.

The first step in PetConnect Rescue approving adoption applicants is to complete a vet check. Vetting of current and past pets is very important! Therefore, they will be speaking with the Veterinarian(s) listed on your application to ensure your current and previous pet(s) are kept up-to-date on vaccines (including rabies), spayed, or neutered, and examined annually by your Veterinarian.

If you would like to learn more about cat adoption, pawlease visit the PetConnect Rescue Cat Adoption Guide.

Interested in applying to meet Blackberry or adopt him? Pawlease complete the PetConnect Rescue Cat Adoption Application!

Photo Credit: PetConnect Rescue
Creative: Allen Pearson

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