Richie Gaiser Joins the HC Board

Richie Gaiser

Richie Gaiser

Richie Gaiser, our newest board member, is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and a lover of all things canine. After adopting his pup Maggie several years ago, he has helped many of his friends train and properly care for their furry friends. With a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management, Richie currently works for a local business in Charlotte, North Carolina, promoting and helping spread brand awareness, and has appeared on various morning news programs and websites. Richie can’t wait to help spread word of the great cause that Healing Companions is and those it helps.

Richie has already been an asset to our program as he has generously volunteered his time, knowledge and dedication to our program. He has been helping us understand and raise our profile on twitter, facebook and mailchimp analytics. We are excited he will continue to contribute to our program. Please open your hearts and give a warm welcome to Richie! We are honored to have him join us!


Benefit of Pets in the management of mental health conditions

Biomed Central’s Blog has a very interesting article on the benefit of pets in the management of mental health conditions by Dr. Helen Brooks.  She clarifies some of the findings in a collaborative project between researchers at the University of Manchester and the University of Southampton.   She notes demonstrated benefits from pet ownership include reduced stress, improved physical health, increased social interaction and reduced loneliness. During difficult emotional periods people report losing relationships with friends and family as well as connections with valued activities which maybe difficult to reconnect with. Emphasis is often placed on the importance of family, friends and interaction with other people. This study looks at the benefits of pets for those with mental health issues.

Healing Companions clients are well aware of the benefits of a Psychiatric Service Dog.  Click here to read the full article by Dr. Brooks.


Enjoy your Winter walk in comfort!

Even if it’s cold where you are, walking your dog in winter doesn’t have to be a miserable experience. Check out the 8 steps to follow for a comfortable walk on this great infograpic provided by VetStreet to make your Winter walk more enjoyable.

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Healing Companions ~ Brenda Keltner

Barbara Keltner with her rescue dogBrenda Keltner’s family witnessed first hand what a difference a healing companion made in their sister’s life and decided they would like to help make that possible for others.

Brenda recently passed away in St. Mary’s Ohio. She was born on September 12, 1963, in Van Wert, Ohio to Gayle and Margaret (Faller) Keltner who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her siblings, Joyce (Don) Sonnastine of Wadsworth, Ohio, Richard Keltner of Van Wert, Gary (Renee) Keltner of Phoenix, AZ, Larry (Kathy) Keltner of Tucson, AZ, Debra Smith of Convoy, Jan (Doug) Jones of Venedocia, and Linda Keltner of Boston, MA. Her numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews were very special to her.

Her dog Dinky was her loving companion. She had also rescued Monty, Too, and Cosmo, loyal companions who previously shared her life.

Brenda was a 1981 graduate of Lincolnview High School. She graduated in 1985 from Ohio Northern University. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University. Formerly an Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Columbus, Ohio, Brenda had presented several cases before the Ohio State Supreme Court. Always an advocate for the marginalized and those less fortunate, Brenda took time to help those who needed help.
She treasured her family. Her generosity, thoughtfulness, along with her amazing, joyful laugh and sense of humor will be remembered and missed by all those who knew her.

The family has requested donations to honor Brenda be sent to Healing Companions.  If you would like to donate, click here.  If you would like us to let the family know about your donation, just click here to email us and we’ll forward a note to them on your behalf.


Managing Food Aggression In Dogs

If you have a dog who is guarding food or other items, don’t despair. Use our tips for eliminating food aggression in dogs.

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Imagine you have a pint of your favorite ice cream. You don’t splurge on it often, and you are really in the mood to savor every bite. You’ve settled on the couch, spoon in hand, and are slurping up the creamy goodness when your spouse/roommate/sibling appears in the room. This person steps closer and closer to you, focused on the cup of goodness in your hands.

Now, you’d be OK if he/she sat down across from you, but he/she keeps coming closer.

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