Pets are more than Property – Let Them Live On

May 20th, 2019

In Virginia, a healthy Shih Tzu was euthanized after the death of its “owner” who left explicit instructions in her will that the dog be put down and laid to rest with her on her death. Apparently, this happens from time to time. This is entirely unacceptable and should be illegal. It needs to be clearly outlawed without wiggle room in all states. No pets should be euthanized by their guardian when healthy. Especially not to be buried with them.

It’s bad enough that sometimes shelters feel they need to euthanize an animal because it can’t be adopted out after trying to do so. We wish this never happened as well. This dog easily would have been adopted. But the executor refused to budge and the dog was taken to a vet and euthanized. Shame on the vet – euthanizing a healthy animal. Shame on this woman. Shame on the executor.

How was this allowed? In most states pets are personal property – no different than a table or chair. If you want to destroy your table you can. If you want to euthanize a healthy pet you may as well. This needs to change.

Pets are not tables. They are not chairs. They are not property. They are living beings with feelings and with connections to other living beings. People have emotional support animals. They have service animals. They have therapy animals. They do not have tables that can do this role.

This is not the only way that the law fails pets and those who truly care for them. Stealing an animal (Kidnapping) is the same as stealing property of the same “value” in cash. Likewise, killing someone else’s loved pet gets you minimal punishment. This legal definition must end. Pets are far more than that. There needs to be a definition for pets between property and humans where many of the laws protecting humans apply to pets and they are no longer treated as property.

Are we the Egyptian Pharaohs who killed their wives, families and servants when they died? Are we no better? This should never be allowed to happen again in America.

50 Co-Working Locations That Welcome Dogs

May 2nd, 2018

Let’s face it: dogs make everything better, including work.

Having a furry friend wander the office can help improve collaboration, increase creativity, boost employee morale, improve employee satisfaction and decrease stress, to name a few of the benefits.

And while some traditional office spaces are jumping on the dog-friendly bandwagon (7 percent, compared to 4 percent in 2014), so are non-traditional office spaces, like co-working environments, also known as shared workspaces for small companies and freelancers. Indeed, as the U.S. is moving more towards a freelancing economy (it is projected that by 2027, the majority of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers), co-working spots are popping up everywhere. The number of co-working locations in the U.S. in 2017 was 4,043, with this figure expected to increase to 6,219 by 2022. Besides offering amenities like contemporary looking offices, state-of-the-art technology, happy hours and unlimited coffee, many are also making their locations dog friendly.
Check out 50 dog-friendly co-working spots across the U.S. compiled by real-estate listing platform CommercialCafe.

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Therapy Dogs Work Miracles. But Do They Like Their Jobs?

May 2nd, 2018

If you’re a dog lover, just being with your pet feels good.

So it’s no surprise that therapy dogs are healing companions for people with health conditions such as cancer, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and dementia.

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There are over 50,000 therapy dogs in the United States, and they’re becoming more popular in countries from Norway to Brazil. Trained and certified by a variety of organizations, these dogs and their handlers go into hospitals and other facilities and interact with patients.