Trauma isn’t limited to humans. Whether a result of abuse, abandonment, neglect, an accident or a natural disaster, both physical and mental scars can be visible for years. But do animals also suffer from what we call post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD? “Absolutely,” says leading veterinary behaviorist Dr. Nicholas Dodman of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. “It is a real, now-recognized entity, even by the US Army.”.
Word is out around Milwaukee. There’s a cute new gal with blonde, curly hair working at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. It’s Millie, the canine concierge. At just one year of age, Millie, a mini Goldendoodle, is very popular and regularly receives emails and comments via the hotel website, great Trip Advisor reviews, and dog treats, sweaters and toys from adoring fans (aka hotel guests). Her proud owner, Rusty Dahler, the human concierge at the hotel, was thrilled to share Millie’s story with FETCH readers.
Animals are like us in so many ways that sometimes we forget or don’t realize that what we do for ourselves we can also do for them. For instance your dog may benefit from the following: massages, chiropractic, acupuncture, crystals, hydrotherapy, laser therapy, Reiki and more.
What do service dogs, therapy dogs and emotional support dogs all have in common besides being...well...dogs? The innate desire to please. Whether dogs are specifically trained (or not), they have a natural desire to make their human happy. This establishes a bond that later evolves into a loving relationship between the dog and the person. The dog also provides some form of support (physical, emotional or therapeutic). But there are many distinctions between these three categories that may or may not make them appropriate for a certain individual or situation.
If you’ve ever seen Star Wars, you probably remember Chewbacca: Han Solo’s loyal friend and first mate—the 200-year-old Wookiee became Solo’s companion after he refused an order to kill him, promising to protect the smuggler for the rest of his life. “The Wookiee is your Briard,” says Ellen Meyers, who’s bred them for 23 years. A mix of brains and brawn with a protective eye toward family and a wariness towards strangers. Could the Briard be the co-pilot that you’ve been searching for?