Healing Power of Pets Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Healing Power of Pets

In times of sinking sands, we reach for our pets

Thursday, Mar 19th, 2020 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dr. Becker and QT Pi snuggling

Unless you went through the Spanish Flu of 1918 and the Great Depression of 1929, you wouldn’t really know what we’re going through now as a community, county, country, continent, and world facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if you were an adult in 1918 and 1929, the panic of a virus and of economic disaster […]

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Quixote: Our long goodbye after a life full of love

Monday, Nov 18th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

2002 was a sentinel year in our lives. My beloved wife, Teresa, had lost her dad and my best friend, Jim Burkholder, after a brief battle with lung cancer. Teresa’s grief was severe. For the next 12 months she was in a dark cloud, with only brief visits to the sunshine side of the mountain. […]

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Video: Cori the swim dog makes a splash helping special needs children stay safe in the water

Friday, Feb 16th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Drowning is the number one cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4, but this rate is higher for children with special needs, including autism. For that reason, safety swim classes are something parents often seek out. But what if your child is terrified of the water, and experiences such severe […]

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What happens when cat-haters volunteer at a cat adoption cafe?

Saturday, Feb 10th, 2018 | By Dr. Marty Becker

How many people who say they hate cats just don’t know cats? A while ago, Buzzfeed sent two self-professed cat haters to volunteer at a cat adoption cafe. I give you one guess what happened: Each of them fell in love with a cat. This emotional transformation demonstrated the power specifically of the cat, of […]

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Saying goodbye to Gracie

Tuesday, Dec 26th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Our family welcomed a new family member into our home on Christmas Eve in 2010, and said goodbye to her on Christmas Day seven years later. Our beloved family member was an eight-year-old Lab/pit bull mix, who came with the name Gracie. I typically call euthanasia as the gift of the “final grace,” and it […]

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