For the at-risk or disabled youths with whom Luca now interacts, that can often mean feeling—and being—recognized for the first time. Luca—who inspired Slater and Goldstein to start Bruised Not Broken , a Facebook page devoted to pit bull rescue that has more than , followers—is also an ambassador. When Luca walks in the room and they see a pit bull, kids hit the deck screaming," Slater said with a laugh.
Decide how you feel after spending time with him. Luca is a deaf pit bull whose gift as a therapy dog stems from what others might perceive as a disability. The joy a dog can find in comforting the stricken has transformed the Winokur family, whose adopted son, Iyal, displays symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome. The teenager, who has damage to his brain and central nervous system, experiences rages, delayed emotional growth, and sleepless nights—all of which were undoing a family exhausted by a decade of round-the-clock care.
But within 24 hours of being paired with Chancer, a golden retriever, the family's lives were transformed.
On his first night in their home, he crawled into Iyal's twin bed to sleep beside him; after years of nocturnal disruptions, the entire family finally slept until the sun came up. Now, when Iyal has a temper tantrum, Chancer nestles next to him or lies on top of him to soothe him, and "the rages don't escalate the way they used to and they don't last as long," said Iyal's mother, Donnie Winokur. Chancer is the first service-trained dog for people living with fetal alcohol syndrome FAS.
Service dogs can help children born with FAS improve self-confidence and independence. Read Caption. Sometimes, in order to really listen, it helps when you can't hear anything at all. Chancer also makes it easier for the family to enjoy their relationships with the teenager. We will use the personally-identifying information that you provide about others in order to provide the products or services that you have requested; for example, to enable us to send them your gifts or cards.
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Nearly a quarter of dog owners take more pictures with their dog than with the humans in their life; a quarter spend more money on their dog than on their partner; and nearly half cuddle with their dog more often than they do with the person they're dating. Pet parents also aren't afraid to cut people out of their life if they threaten their relationship with their dog.
Forty-one percent say it's important that their dog gets along with their potential partners, and 53 percent would consider breaking up with someone who didn't like dogs or who was severely allergic to them. You can check out the results of the report in the infographic below. And if you're looking for a last minute gift for Fido this Valentine's Day, here are some suggestions. As any true ailurophile knows, cats love to sleep. On average, kitties spend anywhere from 16 to 20 hours of each day napping.
But that laziness we often find so charming can sometimes lead to obesity, which can cause some pretty serious health problems for your feline friend. Ebo is a smart robot designed to keep your cat company and provide them with some much-needed stimulation, especially when you're not around.
The Ebo itself, which is just over two inches tall, connects to Wi-Fi and features an app that allows you to schedule when you want it to start and stop playing with your cat. Once it makes sure the coast is clear, the robot moves on its own, utilizing an ergonomic design that enables it to wheel in any direction, spin, roll over, or even dance.
According to the designers, Ebo interacts with cats in a way your feline friend understands—through a mix of sound, movement, and light that is always unpredictable. You can even play with your cat through the Ebo with its built-in laser.