Passings, Passages and the Empty Nest

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This past weekend was a rather emotional one. Valentine’s Day was the 30th anniversary of our engagement to be married. The following day two beloved members of our household passed away.

Over 18 years ago I returned from work to find a long-haired, black and white kitten at our house. Ruth had been approached by children pulling a wagon full of kitties at five-year Tyler’s soccer practice. Needless to say this one came home and was aptly named Oreo.

Oreo’s beautiful long ...

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In Defense of Fido

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Evidence has been piling up for years: animals can have great therapeutic effects of people of all ages.

While scanning the web for research I saw that the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine held an entire conference on “animal assisted interventions in adolescent mental health”. While I was a bit surprised it should come as no shock to any of us that animals can have a definite healing or soothing effect.

Last week we discussed the need each of us ...

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