Healing Power of Pets Archives - Dr. Marty Becker

Category Archives: Healing Power of Pets

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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Dogs are saving firefighters

Tuesday, Dec 5th, 2017 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Usually firefighters save dogs. Now the dogs are returning the favor. Because of their frequent exposure to chemicals and toxic fumes, firefighters are at risk for certain types of cancer, including respiratory and urinary cancers. A Canadian organization called Cancer Dogs is hoping to reduce that risk through screenings with dogs trained to detect cancer […]

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