Archive for January, 2015

JFK Air Terminal Dedicated to Animals


“In what’s being considered the first of its kind, a new terminal is scheduled to open next summer at the John F. Kennedy International Airport – one devoted entirely to animals. Included will be a veterinary center and overnight pet resort.

The $48 million, 178,000 square-foot “Ark” will serve to handle animals and their cargo.  There will be an arrival and departure lounge, an overnight domestic pet resort run by Paradise 4 Paws, and an East End Veterinary Emergency Centre.

There will be quarantine and transport services for animals big and small – from snakes to horses.

“For the animals who pass through The Ark, as well as the people who own them, air travel can be stressful and confusing,” Cliff Bollmann, an architect at Gensler, one of the firms designing the facility, told the Independent. “Our design team sought to create a comfortable, healthy environment for them all.”

The animals’ well-being will be a top priority for staff.  The livestock handling system is being designed by animal welfare advocate Temple Grandin.  Climate-controlled vehicles will be used to keep animals as comfortable as possible.

“The design allows planes to taxi directly to the building, so horses can be transported in a seamless fashion that reduces stress,” Lachlan Oldaker of Gralla Equine Architects told the Equine Chronicle.

The facility will be in the old, empty Cargo Building 78. Nearly 200 full-time jobs will be created.

“ARK’s investment of $48 million into JFK will transform an airport structure that has been vacant for nearly 10 years into a world-class specialty cargo facility, and the agreement guarantees the Port Authority more than $100 million in revenue without any additional capital investment,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye”. ~ Life With Dogs

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Disabled Dogs Help Rehab Patients

StaffTerrierdogwheels2“Cruising in their custom wheelchairs, Chili and Arlo are the center of attention wherever they go. But for patients at the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas, these two canine caregivers are also an inspiration.

“Many of the patients are new to wheelchairs,” Linda Marler, the program’s director told “When they see Chili and Arlo, they say, ‘If those dogs can do it, so can I.’ ”

Chili and Arlo are the only dogs with disabilities among the 90 specially trained therapy dogs that participate in Baylor’s Animal Assisted Therapy program. The canine volunteers make weekly visits to lift the spirits of patients who have suffered traumatic injuries or a stroke.

“We use the dogs to create more of a home atmosphere and also to get a response,” Marler said.

She’s found that animals will often elicit a reaction when every other method has failed. “For head injury patients, a dog has been the first thing they respond to when emerging from a coma,” Marler said. “For others, being with a dog is what motivates them to speak or throw a ball.”

Or use a wheelchair. Marler says some of the patients who had been reluctant to use one are willing to give it a shot after spending time with Arlo and Chili. “Just seeing the dogs seems to make them feel better,” she said.

Just like the patients they visit, Arlo and Chili have struggled with adversity. When Chili, a 6-year-old American Staffordshire terrier, was 8 weeks old, she was thrown over a fence onto cement, breaking her back. She suffered neurological damage and is unable to use her back legs.

As for Arlo, a 6-year-old miniature dachshund, he suffers from degenerative disc disease, which has left him paralyzed from his mid-back down. He was found as a stray, malnourished and dragging his back legs behind him.

Both dogs were rescued by Jim and Bettye Baker, founders of Oak Hill Animal Rescue in Seagoville, Texas, just outside Dallas. The Bakers started their nonprofit in 2006 to save animals that were just days away from being euthanized at city shelters. Since then, they’ve found homes for more than 500 dogs.

Rather than put Arlo and Chili up for adoption, the Bakers made them part of their family. To enhance the dogs’ mobility, they had them outfitted with wheelchairs custom-made by a Massachusetts-based company called Eddie’s Wheels.

“The minute we put Arlo in the chair, he took off like a rocket,” Bettye said. “He doesn’t walk anywhere; he runs.”

Chili, however, was slower to embrace her new wheels. “She was a little like a porcelain statue at first,” Jim said. “Now she absolutely flies, wagging her tail and smiling the whole time.”

That enthusiasm has made Chili and Arlo a big hit with the patients at Baylor.

“The patients just love them,” Jim said. “Seeing the dogs happy and thriving in their wheelchairs just makes people smile.”~ Michele Leifer

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More Walks, Please

It’s amazing to me how many people seem to stop walking their dogs just because the weather is rainy or windy or cold.

We go walking at least three times a day with our dog no matter what the weather and our usual park destination is almost always totally deserted these dreary winter days.

Dog walking is not just a fair weather pastime…it’s an every day commitment to keeping your dog happy and healthy.

Be kind to your dog…they need to walk every day, no matter WHAT the weather may be.

We need Walks EVERY day

We need Walks EVERY day

Make Time for Play

We dog lovers know that we must take our dogs out walking every day to keep them happy and healthy, but perhaps we are not also thinking about the fact that our dogs also need some time to play each day, too.

Play is the reward for a good job well done, such as walking quietly, without pulling on leash beside you and a little bit of play with your best fur friend is essential for their health, and yours!

Make time to play with your dog every day. You’ll both be happier and healthier and enjoy a closer relationship.

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We All Need a Little Play