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To all who contacted their state senators and representatives, the House Appropriations Committee approved a $19.45 billion funding bill to support the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, among other agencies, for fiscal year 2014. The bill would BAN funding for USDA horse slaughter inspection.
The Good News
CANINES AND KIDS WITH CANCER
For the more than 12,000 children diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States, hope may be on its way in the form of a new pilot study examining the effectiveness of animal therapy in helping patients and their families. Zoetis Inc. and American Humane Association just announced the beginning of the pilot trial phase for their groundbreaking research study, Canines and Childhood Cancer.
While stories of the therapeutic benefits of animal-assisted therapy for patients with cancer have long been shared by doctors, patients, caregivers, and animal-handlers, there has been limited hard evidence to substantiate these claims and no rigorous evaluations about how to best implement animal-assisted therapy in pediatric oncology settings. This study is unique because it will not only measure the effects of the therapy on the young patients and their families at different sites, but also on the therapy dogs themselves.
MANE IN HEAVEN—Miniature Horses Serve As Pet Therapy Animals
When Jodie Diegel ties the sneakers on her 2-year-old’s feet, it’s usually not a struggle until the fourth foot.
That’s because most horses aren’t used to wearing tiny rubber-soled shoes made for stuffed toy bears.
But Diegel’s four miniature horses are becoming more accustomed to those shoes, as well as to the attention they get as a therapy animal. Diegel founded Mane in Heaven a not-for-profit pet therapy organization featuring her four horses that are the size of golden retrievers.
In the News
PET HUB DIGITAL ID TAGS—Get your pet home fast!
PetHub Digital ID Tags quickly help lost pets home in multiple ways:
- Tag links to FREE online pet profile with contact information and critical medical data
- 24/7 Found Pet Hotline
- QR code can be scanned to quickly show pet data
PetHub premium tags are made from an ultra-strong recycled steel core and are coated with an everlasting special polymer. The final result has smooth rounded edges and a porcelain look and feel, and provides your pet with FREE basic PetHub protection, including a 24/7 toll-free hotline for reporting found pets.
Features available with our Basic plan:
- Shelter Alerts – you’ve entered your pet’s medications, dietary needs, your contact information, as well as how to reach your vet, sitter, neighbors and friends. We help you send that info to the local animal shelters.
- Lost Pet Email Notifications with GPS mapping – when someone scans your pet’s PetHub ID tag, we send you an email notification and include any GPS data available from their smartphone
Photo of the Week
Nothing like a nap after a full meal
The Founder’s Pen
The Shelter Pet Project—Make pet adoption your option
~by Susi Pittman
Shelter Animals make the best pets! If you don’t believe it, just ask someone who adopted their pet family member from a shelter. I have adopted and I continue to rescue animals, and there is nothing like the love that these animals bring into your heart. They know you gave them a second chance! Let me introduce you to the Shelter Pet Project.
Father Ron’s Column
~by Father Ron Camarda
Father Ron reflects on Psalm 46, a reminder that God indeed is our refuge and strength in our times today!
Reflections by Sister Rene
~by Sister Marie Rene, S.S.J.
Sister Rene wants you to always remember that we are never alone.
In the Key of “G”
Prayer for Peace
~by Mary Galvano-Bajohr
The world is full of strife, be it global or familial. Mary offers a beautiful prayer for peace in our hearts.
Becoming a Living Mystery
~by Louis Templeman
Louis wants you to contemplate becoming a “living mystery.” Biblically speaking, a mystery is any truth that is unknowable except by divine revelation and Louis shares inspired examples.
June Review: Dewey’s Nine Lives–The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter
~by Michele Gregoire
Cat lovers unite! Michele has a great summer read for all those “cat moments” that make us laugh and cry. It’s a great book by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter about cats and the people they own, Dewey’s Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions.
Meandering Along the River’s Edge
The Edge of the Shadow
~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS
It’s a bit of a fantasy journey as Virignia dances us into the perplexities of the curious shadow.
Protecting Animals, Caring For Creation
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Quote of the WeekThe true doctrine of creation teaches us to acknowledge that God created all of the different kinds of creatures at the same time, in a state of inter-dependence, and that He created each kind of creature perfect according to its nature. Thus, while acknowledging that the Fall brought death, deformity and disease into what had been a perfectly harmonious world, Catholic doctors and natural scientists should have an immense respect for God’s design in nature, and should strive to work within the order that God has created, rather than treating living creatures and environments as the product of random material processes, set in motion by God billions of years ago.
~Hugh Owen, the KOLBE CENTER ~
Art of Life
Pet Portraits by DEANNA
A native Kentuckian, Deanna picked up a pencil and paint brush when she was two years old. She has called Virginia home since the mid-eighties. In May of 2001, Deanna launched her business Pet Portraits by Deanna welcome.html and started drawing and painting custom pet portraits, in both pencil on paper and oil on canvas. Deanna serves clients working in both mediums throughout the United States and Canada.
As of December 2009 Deanna has raised $16,570 by donating her pet portraits at auctions to benefit both human & animal charities around the country since September, 2001.
DEANNA and Her Talk Show
In addition to her artwork Deanna also produced and hosted her own TV talk show “Capital Pets” in May of 2005. The show is currently on hiatus.The first 41 episodes showcased a myriad of pet related issues, animal law and related policies, animal welfare, spay and neuter education, animal rescue and dozens of pet related charities. Each show is an in depth look at the way animals touch our lives and are as varied as the most posh of doggie bakeries to the dedicated volunteers and their pets visiting the elderly in nursing homes with a friendly smile and the wag of a tail. READ MORE…
– Profiled by The Washington Blade – Animal Magnetism
- Featured on the “Communicating Today Show”
- Profiled in the The Fairfax Chronicle
- Profiled by the Connection – “Portrait of a Pet Artist”
- Interviewed WUSA9 News (CBS TV) – article & video “Pet Portraits from a Distance”
Catch DEANNA on FACEBOOK.
God’s Green Earth
Ken Yasinski—Catholic Speaker and Vlogger
Catholic, Ken Yasinski, of Face to Face Ministries discusses the will of God in everyday circumstance. Every person can know God’s will by looking at the duties of their present circumstance. Faithfulness now, for this is God’s will, and this prepares us for the next step in Gods will in our lives. Gods call is faithfulness now. Moses, King David, Peter and Mary the mother of God are examples of those faithful to the will of God in their present circumstance. Their faithfulness to God’s will in their simple unseen tasks prepared them for their next step in life. Faithfulness to our present circumstance is the best preparation for our future calling.
Introduction to Genesis through the Eyes of the Saints
This is an Introduction to another Lecture by Hugh Owen on false teachings regarding Evolution. Hugh takes us through time using the Holy Bible and the teachings of the Church. He also quotes many of the Saints and Doctors of the Church regarding Creation. The series can be found at THE KOLBE CENTER website.
Teaching Your Children About the Faith
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GLOBAL WARMING EFFECTS INTER-ACTIVE MAP
Explore the signs of global warming on this map or Google Earth. The evidence of climate change includes heat waves, sea-level rise, flooding, melting glaciers, earlier spring arrival, coral reef bleaching, and the spread of disease.
The greatest concentration of global warming indicators on the map is in North America and Europe because that is where most scientific investigation has been done to date. As scientists focus increasingly on fingerprints of global warming in other regions—from Russia to Antarctica and Oceania to South America—the evidence they find will be added to the map.
Scientists project that unless emissions of heat-trapping gases are brought under control, the impacts of climate change are likely to increase.
YOUNG FRIENDS OF THE EARTH—Europe
The world we know is on the edge. We are already experiencing man-made climate change around the globe, including here in Europe. Inaction on climate change today will lock coming generations into a future of instability, injustice and climate chaos.
This means young people in Europe and across the world will be at the forefront of what will be the worst and most unpredictable effects of climate change in the future.
Young Friends of the Earth Europe unites and inspires youth from across Europe to take positive action and to work together to create just solutions to the climate crisis. We are taking action to reclaim our futures. We are building a strong youth movement for climate justice – a movement created by young people, and run by young people.
Wellness & Nutrition
A plethora of products and articles about probiotics can currently be found and yet client after client that I see in my practice is still confused about what these are, how they work and why they are important to our health.
In your digestive system, which not only encompasses your colon but your esophagus and small intestine as well, there live both “good” and “bad” bacteria which means some are of benefit to your health while others detract from it. Your system contains over 400 of these bacterial species and they carry important roles in your overall health by working to aid in digestion, support gut function, enhance your immune system and even metabolize some medications. The word Probiotic literally translates to “For Life”.
PROBIOTICS in the Garden—By Sami Grover
I’ve been reading a lot about compost recently and one thing keeps bothering me. Almost every article refers to this magical substance as a “natural fertilizer”, and on one level it is true. Yet it is so much more than just a drop in replacement for chemical feeds. I’ve already noted that composting is really a form of animal husbandry, but the implications go way beyond what lives in our heap, and how we treat it. As one friend said to me not so long ago, compost is really like yogurt for the soil. But what difference does that make to how we use it? On one level, the answer is “very little.” Just like my ramblings on compost as animal husbandry, much of this has to to do with semantics and perception. After all, what does it matter to the earthworms whether you call compost a soil amendment, fertilizer, or a magic elixir.
JUNE’s Full Moon is Known as the FULL STRAWBERRY MOON
Historically, the Native Americans who lived in the area that is now the northern and eastern United States kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to the recurring full Moons.
Each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred.
These names, and some variations, were used by the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior.
The Native American names are linked to the months in the Gregorian calendar to which they are most closely associated.
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