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What Rocket, NutriSource’s Childrens Hospital Health Care Dog, Did When He Knew A Child Was In Desperate Need. (Blog #65)

Published: 04/21/2020
Rocket with Thank You sign to KLN Family Brands and NutriSource
Rocket, a Golden Retriever, that works in the M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s hospital in Minnesota, due to the generous funding of the program by NutriSource Pet Foods, has skills that go way beyond what therapy dogs do. In this week’s episode of the Raising Your Paws podcast, episode 65, which  is part two of a conversation, (part one started in episode 64) listen to the stories of exactly how Rocket helps children recover and the times when he sensed the extreme emotions of a girl and a woman in need and then offered his comfort in the way that only he, a canine, could.

Results of Smiling Dog Photos Submissions.

Thank you to all the people who responded to my request for photos of dogs that looked as if they were smiling during the month of March, 2020. Do dogs really smile as we do, to show happiness or communicate good intent? Well…. that expression they sometimes get on their face is not really quite the same. The closest thing to a human’s open smiling mouth in a canine, is what animal behaviorist’s call the “open mouth play face” seen in some breeds when the dogs are happy, relaxed, at play or content.  Of course this does not stop us, from saying our dog’s are most definitely smiling. It sure looks like it doesn’t it? Both of these photos are Super Cooper who is an Australian Shepherd. Congratulations to his human, Alissa from Menahga, Minnesota.

Here is Luna, a mixed breed Border Collie/Greyhound and Emma, an English Golden Retriever. Congrats to John from Perham, Minnesota who is the proud human of both dogs.

Who doesn’t like an upside down smile. Very nice teeth. This is Tank, an Anatolian/German shepherd mix. Congratulations to his human, Susan from Cottage Grove, Oregon.

All the dogs have won a free large bag of NutriSource Pet foods. The humans will receive a coupon so they can take their dogs on a field trip to their closest independent dealer and let their dogs select which flavor of bag smells the best.

Full Show Notes For Raising Your Paws Podcast Episode 65.

Title: A Dog with Extraordinary Skills Helping Children & Reassurances about Cats and Covid-19. We have a new logo for the podcast! You’ll see it appearing on all the podcast platforms, apps and on the Raising Your Paws website soon. Let me know what you think of the new art work by writing me at susan@raisingyourpaws.com or better yet, leave a comment below.

First in the show, have you heard about the zoo wild cats or domestic cats overseas that are reported to have tested positive to Covid – 19? Are you worried that this means your kitty can get sick and even transmit the virus to you? The American Veterinary Medical Association has the latest information and detailed stories about these felines and in this segment, I summarize their findings for your reassurance.

Next, NutriSource Pet Foods, donated $250.000 thousand dollars to a children’s hospital in Minneapolis in 2019 in order to select, train and place on staff, a dog who would assist children and their families as they go through challenging, and often traumatic medical journeys in the hospital. This Golden retriever is named Rocket and you’re going to hear from his partner and handler, Anna Dressel, a child life specialist at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, the stories of how he unexplainably senses people’s emotions and then offers his unique canine comfort.

Here again, is the video of Rocket at the hospital in case you haven’t seen it yet.

Then, do you have a cat that seems to anticipate and know when family members are due to arrive home when there is no reasonable explanation for it? I’ll explain a few of the possible theories for cats moving to the window or the front door to greet you even when your return times are random and unplanned.

Invitation to tell your own story!

Do you have any stories of your cat exhibiting really mysterious, unexplainable behavior, such as acting as if they know something that seems impossible, or predicting extreme weather, such as thunderstorms or earthquakes? If you do, send it to me at susan@raisingyourpaws.com. I may ask you to tell your story on the podcast so everyone can hear it. Congratulations to the people who sent me photos of their dogs that look like they smile. I have selected 4 dogs with the most winning of smiles. Thank you to Alissa from Menahga, Minnesota for her photos of Super Cooper, John from Perham, Minnesota for the photos of Emma and Luna, and Susan from Cottage Grove, Oregon for her dog, Tank. All of these dogs have won a free large bag of NutriSource pet food and their human companions will receive a coupon to take to their local stores to select their bag.

Additional Resources for the Show.

Details about zoo wild cats and domestic cats with Covid-19 – AVMA website. More information from the M Health Masonic Hospital: M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s hospital website page about Rocket. For more information about Rocket, at NutriSourcepetfoods.com. Source of the story about cats knowing arrival times –“What Your Cat Knows” by Sally Morgan.