“I woke up this morning with a blinding migraine headache. It hurt to open my eyes, it hurt to sit up, and getting dressed made tears start running down my face. This doesn’t happen very often, and I have medication that I can take that will bring relief in an hour or so. But lying in bed was not an option, because I’m currently fostering another litter of puppies, and they don’t care whether my head hurts or not: they are hungry, and their pen needs cleaning. That’s a responsibility I took on, and so, weepy or not, I got up and dressed, took my migraine med, and got rolling.”
Raven Hickson is a graduate of Cornell University, where she studied Animal Science, concentrating in animal behavior. Currently, Raven is the barn manager at Dream On Farm and runs her own animal training business, Clicker Tails. Raven has also been a zookeeper, high school animal science teacher, outdoor educator, and mustang tamer. Raven became involved with Healing Companions after meeting Jane at Dream On Farm and volunteering her clicker training skills at the prison with rescue dogs and their handlers. She is excited to continue supporting Healing Companions through training and local community outreach.
Raven has already been an asset to our program as she has generously volunteered her time, knowledge and dedication to our program. She has joined us at the prison where she provided presentations that the inmates devoured focused on the science behind clicker training and shaping. I am excited that she would like to continue to contribute to our inmate program through educational and training opportunities. She also volunteered at dog events where we had tables advertising our organization. Having a local board member is such an asset to our local fundraisers.
Article discusses the benefits of helping your overweight dog slim down.
“The chubby, inert pet dog has become a familiar household sight in richer countries. And yet there lies a possible boon to the out-of-shape among us. A recent study suggests that being told one’s pet is dangerously overweight might provide the impetus that gets an owner moving.”
Read an interesting article discussing dog’s intelligence, from a human perspective.
“Dogs have lived in intimate proximity with people for some 30,000 years, evolving along the way to pick up human cues and training us to feel obliged to feed and house them. As survival instincts go, that is pretty smart.
Canine cognition research is underway on campuses from Berkeley to Barnard, and at universities in England, Hungary and Japan. The field’s growth has coincided with a shift in how dog owners view their animals.”
This video demonstrates how your donations helped fund the costs of certifying the inmates in Canine First Aid and CPR so that upon release these credentials can assist them in gaining employment in the vast field of dog careers. Getting a certification of completion cost Healing Companions, Inc. $60 per inmate and we have 20 inmates in our program. We already have two trainees who have been released and found jobs using the skills our program provides. Our mission has 3 prongs, rescuing shelter dogs, transforming the lives of those living with mental illness and working with inmates to develop job skills. This is just one of the many ways your contribution benefits our program. Thanks so much!