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The Roles Animals Can Play in Treating Ovarian Cancer

The Roles Animals Can Play in Treating Ovarian Cancer

The Roles Animals Can Play in Treating Ovarian Cancer

North-Western Native Americans consider blue jays as being helpful to mankind. And help—by way of emotional support—is just what Floridian Dina Theissen received from Gracie, a blue jay that’s been part of their family for around 2 ½ years.

The family connection with Gracie began in the spring of 2015 when Dina found a small ball of fluff near their mailbox, and soon realized it was a baby bird. A few days later, when Gracie’s parents still hadn’t returned to claim the bird, Dina brought the tiny creature to their home and turned the family’s enclosed patio into a nursery.

Dina’s daughter, Alyssa, named the little one “Gracie.”

Dina, her husband Ken, and Alyssa fed the bird dry cat food moistened with water. To maintain Gracie’s nutrition and support her normal growth, they fed her every 30 minutes.

Gracie nested into a blanket-lined basket Alyssa fixed up for her.

During the five weeks that Gracie stayed with the family, they found out Gracie was a boy, but hung onto the name Gracie, anyway.

Gracie and Dina bonded especially well. When Dina talks to the bird, Gracie focuses her eyes on Dina, who always refers to herself as “Momma.”

Every day since Gracie was “returned to the wild” in 2015, he has stopped by the Theissen household for a family visit and sneaks through a hole in the screen to enter their porch. His wild squaws are the doorbell.

In this fashion, Gracie has also brought along each of his four broods to introduce them to his adopted family.

Dawn has shared some good and positive thoughts on animals who are known to have special healing powers. She has mentioned the power of the man’s best friend as the central core of her work which is named as “The Power of Wagging Tails: A Guide to Dog Therapy and Healing”. This book is known to contain a wide array of research which shows the healing as well as therapeutic power which is contained in dogs for individuals of different age groups who suffer from different health issues.

Dr Marcus is known to be a consultant for the Power of Paws program which is known to encourage human health through the companionship of the dogs. This program is a nationwide initiative which is said to bring together variety of pet partners for educating the consumers on the human and pet bonding as well as encouraging the pets and the pet’s parents to become active, try to reduce stress and live a happy life together.

Dr Marcus has demonstrated multiple impacts which are positive on the patients by carrying out the dog-therapy visits. The patients who have experienced this therapy have given positive remarks wherein they have stated that it leads to an increase in the levels of energy as well as reduces the pain. The breathing rates is also slowed down and simulating increases the relaxation. There are less fears on anxiety, depression or dejection.

An “emotional-support animal” by their very presence as well as interaction with the individual is said to bond with them and also improve the person’s quality of life. Such animal helpers need not be dogs always, they can be any domesticated pets to fill up that gap such as cats, birds, rodents or hedge-hogs. There is an emotional book named as “Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself”.

This is work of Julie Barton wherein she mentioned that she was a college graduate and had got a job in a publishing business in NYC. But suddenly life took its turn and it became awry which led Julie into depression. She has mentioned her intricate details in the book wherein she had reached a low point and there were thoughts of suicide creeping in her mind and then suddenly she calls her Mom to take her back to her hometown.

During these days of struggle, she plans of adopting a dog who is a golden retriever and he turns out to be a miracle of healing for her. This book is all about journey of life and would take the viewers on an emotional ride.

Dina who is a noted researcher and is also an established dog trainer had played a major role in the research of early diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Due to her excellent training technique she has been named as the first American dog trainer for training dogs for funding studies which involve the dogs to detect the cancer in the early stages in human. She has trained over 24 dogs for detecting cancer in humans. She was also part of screening over 2000 breast cancer samples. Researchers say that Dina is successful in identifying the scent of ovarian cancer in tissue samples thereby creating a new window for this disease.