This cute, one and a half year old playful and energetic boy has cerebellar hypoplasia, which will become neither worse nor better and will certainly not shorten his lifespan. Although unable to walk fully on his own, Leo loves to play and can even be quite rambunctious. He weighs about 25 pounds and lives in Berkeley CA.
Leo is really sweet and loves to cuddle, especially laying on his back and wedged between your legs. He is very observant – watching everyone and everything around him.
Things you may like to know about Leo:
• Leo has a pretty consistent schedule which really helps in taking care of him.
• He eats twice a day and can eat on his own if his bowl is placed for him.
• He can drink on his own, with supervision in case he loses balance and accidentally spills
• He poops once a day when he is on his cart.
• Because he cannot walk on his own, he wears a diaper.
• He definitely loves rolling around on his cart, but enjoys spending time in his crib.
• He doesn’t necessarily need to be watched all the time as he has a padded crib that he’s safe to tumble around in.
• He naps most of the day.
• He will be vocal when he needs something!
Leo originally came from a rescue with his sister, who has now been successfully adopted into a forever loving home and we are praying we can find the same for Leo. We adore him and would love to keep him, but he needs more attention than we can provide, since we both work full time and have just had our first child.
Leo is a special case and we are reaching out for help to find him the right kind of loving family home. Please help us by spreading the word and holding him in your hearts and prayers. Leo is an extraordinary dog and we are desperate to find him the best home.
If you can help us to help Leo, please contact:
Martin Rossetti at firstname.lastname@example.org
Father’s Best Friend
By Evan Price
Going to the dentist was never something I was super excited to do when I was young. Maybe that is because my father was my dentist, and I would get grounded if I had cavities. I wasn’t concerned about the discomfort I might feel, or the sound of the drill…I just didn’t want to get in trouble afterwards.
As talented as my father was, I still get a little nervous when I go to see my current dentist. Anxiety is a very common thing to feel, especially when doing something one does not really want to do. Luckily, many dentists are aware of this, and are trained to calm their patients before, during, and after the visit. Many will display movies or give a choice of music to listen to during the procedure. But some have taken it a step further by using dogs therapeutically as a part of their practice.
It is no secret that animals have a calming influence on people. This is especially important in a high-stress environment. Therapy dogs have been used by counselors and doctors alike to aid in the recovery process of children, the elderly, veterans, and special needs individuals. Now, even dentists are using dogs to help relieve anxiety in their patients and help them have a more enjoyable experience.
One such dentist is Dr. Paul Weiss, a pediatric dentist from Williamsville, NY. Having a light-hearted personality helps when working with children, but Dr. Weiss also has a secret weapon…his Golden Retriever, Brooke.
Brooke, who is a certified therapy dog, has been trained to foster calm with her healing presence. She does this by climbing into the chair and draping herself peacefully across the laps of the children. Instead of clenching fists and squirming, the kids will usually relax and pet her head. What a welcome distraction!
In case you are on your way to a dentist without a dog, or just find yourself in high-stress situations all the time, consider Rescue Remedy as an alternative to anxiety. Rescue Remedy is a holistic stress reliever made from flower essences, and has helped millions of people worldwide.
The entire BARF World Team wishes to extend a very happy Father’s Day to all the BARF dads out there. I would also like to wish my own father a very happy birthday. Yes, his birthday sometimes falls on Father’s Day…just like my Mom’s does for Mother’s Day. Weird. Until next time…happy BARFing.
Evan Price is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He is a true dog lover at heart with a particular interest in Daschunds. Evan is also an avid sports enthusiast and bridge player. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet weekly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.
BELFAST, Maine — Teaka sat in the middle of a circle of adoring children last Friday and listened as they talked about how much they love reading dog books to her and snuggling with her.
Then the little white therapy dog padded to a different, quieter part of the Capt. Albert Stevens Elementary School classroom and laid down for a nap. The almost 15-year-old mixed breed has spent 14 years working in classrooms helping children. She is deaf, partially blind and sleeps a lot. It’s time to retire, said her owner, teacher Page Dilts.
“She’ll miss us most of all,” said 9-year-old Maddie, one of her fourth-grade students and a big fan of Teaka’s.
“She’ll miss you terribly,” Dilts agreed.
Maddie and her classmates at the kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school will miss Teaka’s visits and her calming, furry presence. They told her so during an all-school assembly Friday afternoon during which 300 children sang to her, presented her with cards and letters and donated pounds of pet food in her honor to the P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Shelter in Rockport.
Dilts found Teaka, which she said means “dog” in Navaho, in a kill shelter in the southwest.
Dilts took her new puppy home to Maine and completed an extensive training course to get her licensed through Therapy Dogs International, a nonprofit group that provides canines for visits to institutions.
Over the years she has accompanied Dilts to school, Teaka has helped children with their reading and much more. The speech therapist has her pupils practice on Teaka. And when students are sad, struggling with a parental divorce, the loss of an animal or other traumas, Teaka is there for them.
Cynthia Martell, the school’s guidance counselor, said that the dog is a “huge help.”
“Teaka can be a real calming force,” she said. “Petting the dog can help them get centered. We pet her while we talk about what’s going on. Dogs are good listeners.”
At times when children were anxious about school, Teaka came to the rescue, Martell said.
“Teaka would meet them at the front door of the building — it made it less scary,” she said.
A few doors down from Dilts’ classroom, past walls decorated with colorful reports on animals and American Indians, Joey — a second grader wearing overalls — was hard at work on the computer. He was writing a goodbye letter to the dog.
“Oh Teaka I love you down to my heart and soul,” he wrote. “You are the best dog in school. I hope you have a good summer.”
Emily Savage, his teacher, said that her students often write letters to Teaka. They drop them in a special mailbox for delivery. And for the all-school assembly, her students drew on pieces of paper that spelled “We love you Teaka.” Some featured paw prints.
“I just see a really good connection with the kids,” Savage said.
Teaka’s years as a therapy dog at the elementary school were not without controversy. Back in 2004, all animals were banned from the former SAD 34 schools after a dog at another elementary school nipped a child, according to BDN reports.
After protests from students and parents, who missed her, Teaka was allowed back to school where she has befriended many of the district’s children over the years.
All the students in Dilts’ classroom last week agreed: they were losing more than a dog.
“She never judges you when you read to her,” said 9-year-old McKayla. “That’s the fun part.”
Wags of Wisdom
“Labradors [are] lousy watchdogs. They usually bark when there is a stranger about, but it is an expression of unmitigated joy at the chance to meet somebody new, not a warning.”