Free Eye Exam Gives Guide Dog the Gift of Time

By Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jenine Stanley laughs as she remembers her dog, Swap, taking a leap off a boat into the Colorado River during a trip through the Grand Canyon. “It was a hot day,” she says. “And Swap just decided it was time to cool off.”

At first, she was horrified, fearing he would be swept away by the current. Then she began worrying that he would contract some disease from the water. Happily, though, Swap paddled back to the boat, shook himself off and left his fellow passengers with quite a story to tell.

Jenine has countless stories about Swap and it’s obvious when you talk with her for any length of time that their relationship was exceptionally close. After all, Swap was not just a pet…he was her guide dog.

How to Heal a Broken Heart After Divorce

By Thursday, April 9, 2015

Did you know that suffering from a broken heart isn’t just an emotional metaphor? According to the American Heart Association, “broken heart syndrome” is a real, physical response to a surge of stress hormones.

The symptoms – chest pain, shortness of breath and irregular heartbeat – occur more frequently in women than men. It is typically brought on by an extremely stressful life event like the death of a loved one, illness or job loss.

Even more stressful than these events is the end of a marriage. In fact, divorce and marital separation rank numbers two and three respectively on the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale.

Not only can this profound life change bring about physical illness, it can also result in depression, anxiety and feelings of isolation.

Luckily, there are ways to heal a broken heart (both figuratively and literally), and your pets can help!

Five Surefire Ways to Save on Pet Care

By Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Like it or not, tax day is just two weeks away. And whether you have to pay Uncle Sam or are expecting a refund, you’re likely thinking of ways you can hold on to more of your hard-earned cash in the coming year. April 15th has a way of doing that.

While you’re examining your budget, don’t forget to look at what you spend on your pets. If you’re like me, you probably don’t think twice about plunking down a good chunk of change for your furry companion.

But don’t worry…we’re not alone.