WOW! Thanks DogWise Books for the wonderful and immensely generous donations of books and DVDs for our prison training program. The inmates have never received such an amazing donation and they will be thrilled!
The Shock Free Coalition believes that pets have an intrinsic right to be treated humanely, to have each of their individual needs met, and to live in a safe, enriched environment free from force, pain and fear. Members of the Shock Free Coalition consider it to be their responsibility and utmost obligation to be vigilant, to educate, to remain engaged and work toward eliminating shock as a permissible tool so it is never considered a viable option in the training, management and care of pets.
Checkout the great roll out activities. Get involved today! Click here
PPG is gathering signatures with the help from social media pages like https://www.youtube.com/bluebuffalo, to show corporations how the pet owning community and pet professionals feel about the sale and distribution of training aids that can physically and mentally damage our pets.
Even at the lowest setting, electrical stimulation devices present an unknown stimulus to pets which, when not paired with a positive stimulus, at best is neutral and at worst is frightening/painful to the animal. Pets learning to exhibit a behavior in order to escape or avoid fear or pain are, by definition, subjected to an aversive stimulus. Studies indicated that dogs trained with shock displayed stress signals as they approached the training area and frequently work slowly and deliberately. In many instances, electrical stimulation causes physiological pain and psychological stress to the animal, often exhibited by vocalization, urination, defecation, fleeing and complete shut-down. In extreme cases, electrical stimulation devices may burn animal tissue.
Fox News 8 filmed this story on Healing Companions, Inc.
Dogs have long been considered ‘man’s best friend.’ But, for one local woman, they have certainly earned the title.
Amanda says after she tried to commit suicide, her first dog saved her life; and now, her second dog helps handle the challenges of her PTSD.
Watch Melissa Reid’s story above for more.
Brenda 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.
Healing Companions, Inc. is participating in GivingTuesday – a global day of giving…Our goal is to raise awareness of the use of Psychiatric Services Dogs in helping those with mental illness lead a full life.
In providing PSDs to those in need we not only save the lives of shelter dogs that would otherwise be euthanized but also assist those with mental illness and give training to inmates who can use their new found skills to find jobs when they are released.
Please consider a donation to Healing Companions as part of your GivingTuesday!