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The Christmas Cat That Worked Better Than Xanax

Patrice Bendig | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrice Bendig

If 2014 was the worst year of your life, or even if it was just a shitty year, that is okay. 2015 is less than two weeks away. If you don't know where to start to make the next year better, I have one piece of advice. Get a cat. Pet therapy can be the catalyst of the progression of a better life .

This Pit Bull Defies All Stereotypes As The Perfect Therapy Dog

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 12.04.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

No pet owner will hesitate to tell you just how much their furry friend contributes to their overall sense of well-being. However, there are some bree...

Views From Down Under: Puppy Love

Fiona Werle-Schupp | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Fiona Werle-Schupp

Puppy of course has completely changed the dynamics of the household. My eldest son says he now has an excuse to come home on weekends -- thanks very much. Shoes, bags and valuables once left lying on the floor now seem to be mysteriously put away.

How to Tell if Your Dog Really Loves You

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 08.09.2014 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

As we sink into a world of cyber-friends and texting instead of talking, dogs and cats bring us back into old fashioned one-on-one, in-the-moment living.

Who Needs Therapy When You Have Pets

Cindy Tansin | Posted 05.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Cindy Tansin

By Cindy Tansin People thought I was crazy when I expanded my family to two dogs and three cats in addition to my two teenagers. The funny thing is,...

A Christmas Tail: Rescuing the True Meaning of the Season

Cate Pane | Posted 02.19.2014 | Good News
Cate Pane

An angel named Marie had scooped up the emaciated ball of greasy hair and bones and taken her home. Planning to bring her to a canine rescue facility in a few days, she happened to ask my husband if he knew anyone who was interested in a dog.

How One Therapy Dog Touched A Whole Lot Of Lives

Posted 11.12.2013 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Morieka Johnson: Each year, 6 million to 8 million pets enter shelters and half are euthanized. This is the story of o...

Lulu: The Cat The New Yorker Left Behind

Lois Metzger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Lois Metzger

I didn't get many "Talk" stories into the magazine, so this was a big moment. But it always troubled me that Lulu, the third cat Carole and I went to see, never made it into The New Yorker.

Can Dogs Help Some Patients More Than Docs?

Harshada Rajani | Posted 10.01.2013 | Good News
Harshada Rajani

While doctors are the obvious magicians behind maximizing our quantity of life, dog lovers would agree that dogs are the quintessential kings of enriching our quality of life.

WATCH: Children's Hospital Debuts Program That Lets Kids See Their Pets

Posted 07.20.2013 | Good News

A children's hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., has opened its doors to the pets of its long-term patients. Healing Paws is a new dog visitation prog...

8 Ways to Volunteer to Help America's Largest Volunteer Health Care Work Force: Family Caregivers

Sherri Snelling | Posted 06.22.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

Caregivers are an invaluable volunteer army drafted into service to help loved ones remain at home rather than in facilities and institutions.

Turkey Therapy

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Leah Zerbe, online editor for The start of 2013 hit my family with an emotional sledgehammer. Instead of teasing each ot...

Taking Back My Happiness

Harshada Rajani | Posted 04.22.2013 | Good News
Harshada Rajani

I've realized that I've been searching for happiness in all the wrong places; the places in which I had learned to subconsciously associate with incredible amounts of happiness.

State Sues Condo Association Over Therapy Pet Ban

Posted 04.11.2012 | Chicago

A condominium association in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood is being sued by the state after it told a 67-year-old tenant that he could not keep his ...

It Ain't Over Till It's Over: How Her Beloved Dog Changed Her Life

Lori Weiss | Posted 07.12.2012 | Fifty

One of the reasons I started my website,, is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. Women should know that they d...

Mary and Me

Elizabeth Luisi | Posted 04.01.2012 | Good News
Elizabeth Luisi

I hadn't worked outside the home in over a decade, and I had an illness that made it difficult to work. Despite my trepidation, I knew it was time to brush up on my job skills. So I decided a good place to start was with my dog, Mary.

Furry Friends Help Law Students De-Stress

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 12.21.2011 | Healthy Living

Pet therapy isn't just for nursing homes and hospitals -- students at the University of Arizona law school are also receiving visits from furry visito...

Pets and Hospice Care: 'The Warmth of Touch'

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 02.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

Pets provide a touch, a look or just a calming presence that is nonjudgmental, elemental and all about connection. These powers are often amplified at the bedside of a patient in his or her final days.

Caring For Our Pets: More Than Dominance And Affection

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 02.06.2012 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

A society may be judged on how it cares for the most vulnerable -- special populations including children, the elderly and those with functional needs -- and, animal welfare.

What's Your Dog's Purpose?

Trish Mitchell | Posted 01.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Trish Mitchell

If you've heard of Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer -- let's face it, who hasn't -- you'll know that a dog needs a job in life, if he or she is not to become neurotic and anxious.

International Widows Day Opens Eyes, Hearts

Wendy Diamond | Posted 08.30.2011 | Impact
Wendy Diamond

In 2005 Cherie Blair launched International Widows Day at the House of Lords in London, and this important humanitarian conversation has continued to capture the interest of governments worldwide.

Dizzy Girl

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Liane Kupferberg Carter

"What a beautiful girl you are. You're in heavy purr tonight, aren't you sweetheart?" my husband Marc croons. He's not talking to me. He's talking...

Cobber & Me

Danielle Crittenden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Danielle Crittenden

Off and on over the past eleven years, I've accompanied our English Labrador Cobber on visits to the sick and the handicapped. HuffPost readers, our commitment to you is to return to service.

Therapeutic Pets for Kids with Autism

Richard C. Thompson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Thompson

We need to do more to find these kids companions that can make a difference in their lives. I'm sure each of us can help make miracles happen by using our relationships and networking.

Doodle Versus Poodle: A Paw-fect Obama Choice

Kathy Kastan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Kathy Kastan

I have owned dogs my entire life and I have never found an animal that's sweeter, gentler and more loving than a golden doodle.