Research & Resources

Find helpful resources to aid in the health and well-being of your pet; and

Find helpful resources to aid in your health and well-being; and

Find helpful resources to aid in raising your children to be successful personally, spiritually, physically, and academically

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Personal Resources

Is Fido not listening to you? Is he wanting to jump on every visitor and hump the cat? Need help with ‘Common Dog Behavior’ issues? Looking for information on dental care for your pet, or perhaps for yourself? Does your dog have worms or other parasites? Do you fear that your beloved pup may get fleas or ticks? Oh, no, not Fido! HELP!!! Check out these sites to see what professionals say about a whole host of topics. And, as a bonus, they have already done all the hard work for you, so you can now see the easy-to-understand comparison guide to make a quicker and more educated decision on many issues you fret over when Fido is concerned....take a look.....

Why do children bite? Why is biting so prevalent at my child's daycare facility? What can I do to help my child?

Are you struggling with the decision to either pay for healthcare for your pet’s medical issues or seek euthanasia? Has your pet succumbed to a disease or other terrible fate? If so, we are sorry for your loss. When this occurs it is difficult, and almost certainly a painful time in your life, but these sites may offer assistance to help you see things through a different lens. You may also find help as you (and perhaps your child) cope with the loss of a faithful friend (four-legged), a faithful friend (two-legged), a family member, or even a co-worker:

Dogs, cats, fish, birds, and even a host of other critters become not just pets, but also a part of the family to many people around the world. When our family and friends lose their family pet, we oftentimes do not know what to do or say to help their grieving. Or do you need to find an amazing piece of jewelry to wear to the next Wags and Wines, or Bark and Brew, or the local animal shelter's gala? Well, look no more. Finding the perfect item to help them remember their special friends and family members can make the difference between remembering in a positive light and just simply trying to remember at all. For beautiful pet-themed pieces -- both high-end and low-end -- check out this site for the perfect gift....your friends and family will be extremely appreciative of your thoughtfulness:


Do you know of any animal that is being abused, neglected, used in other unethical and immoral ways? This includes cruelty to animals in pet stores and shelters, by breeders, hoarders, and dog fighters, and on the internet. If so, don’t delay. Take action!!      


Do you like reading about fun products, treats, trainings, activities, and events for your dog? Or do you just like feeling reassured that you are not alone with those "Fido, what have you done now?" moments? Or maybe you want to be an advocate for animals but aren't ready for the commitment of owning one just yet (but maybe in the near future, or in the not-so-distant future?) and want to know that this is a reasonable and responsible attitude. Perfect! To help us all feel human (ahem, we are!), and to make us feel better about ourselves and our pets, and to feel more connected to the world, we wanted to share some of our favorite sites....happy reading!

We love to share information about organizations that utilize animals to help both two- and four-legged friends. Please take a few moments to visit their sites, as their work is both important and potentially life-changing:

Do you want to travel with your pooch, but you're not sure how to make sure Fido is safe no matter how you're traveling? Or do you want to know where the best pet-friendly hotels, motels, and restaurants are located at your destination location? If so, then check out these sites:


As difficult as it is to discuss, and even more difficult to help a loved one overcome, addictions are real, and they are serious. If you or someone you love needs a resource to help you take the first step in getting treatment (including teens, high schoolers, college students, LGBTQA, nurses, and veterans), this site is for you. Additionally, if a medical emergency has upset the cart and left you or your family in a lurch, these resources may provide guidance or peace of mind:

We often receive information that could help our readers reach higher and go further in life, or just miscellaneous information that might be needed in some way, some how. We hope you find these resources helpful, and we will continue to update as we garner more useful sites:

We will continue to update this list of resources so that you have much-needed information at your fingertips. If you have a favorite site that could help our followers, please feel free to share with us on our "Contact" page.



And please always remember: ADOPT!! Don’t shop!!

Articles of Interest

Friesen, L. (2009).  How a therapy dog may inspire student literacy engagement in the

     elementary language arts classroom.  LEARNing Landscapes, 3(1), 105-121.


Jalongo, M. (2005).  What are all these dogs doing at school?  Using therapy dogs to promote

     children’s reading practice.  Childhood Education, 81(3), 152-158.

Jalongo, M. (2006).  On behalf of children.  Early Childhood Education Journal, 33(5), 289-291. 

     doi:  10.1007/s10643-006-0083-1


Jalongo, M. (2008).  Beyond a pets theme:  Teaching young children to interact safely with  

     dogs.  Early Childhood Education Journal, 36, 39-45.  doi:  10.1007/s10643-008-0272-1


Malkin, C. (2004).  The healing powers of animals.  Wholistic Healing Publications, 4(2), 1-10.


Owens, R., & Williams, N. (1995).  A new breed of teacher’s pet.  Teaching K-8, 50-51.


Rud, A., & Beck, A. (2000).  Kids and critters in class together.  Phi Beta Kappan, 82, 313-315.


Scott, K., Haseman, J., & Hammetter, R. (2005).  Kids, dogs, and the occupation of literacy.  OT

     Practice, 10(3), 16-20.

Research Studies and Analyses

Anderson, K. (2007).  Who let the dog in?  How to incorporate a dog into a self-contained

     classroom.  TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 4(1), 2-17.


Brodie, S., & Biley, F. (1999).  An exploration of the potential benefits of pet-facilitated therapy. 

     Journal of Clinical Nursing, 8, 329-337.


Friesen, L. (2010).  Exploring animal-assisted programs with children in school and therapeutic

     contexts.  Early Childhood Education Journal, 37, 261-267.


Jalongo, M., Asrorino, T., & Bomboy, N. (2004).  Canine visitors:  The influence of therapy dogs

     on young children’s learning and well-being in classrooms and hospitals.  Early Childhood

     Education Journal, 32(1), 9-16.


Knight, S., & Herzog, H. (2009).  All creatures great and small:  New perspectives on psychology

     and human-animal interactions.  Journal of Social Issues, 65(3), 451-461.


Larison, I. (2007).  “Let me tell you about dogs.”  Persuasive writing and picture books. Ohio

     Journal of English Language Arts, 47(2), 32-37.


Melson, G. (2003).  Child development and the human-companion animal bond.  American

     Behavioral Scientist, 47(1), 31-39.


Nimer, J., & Lundahl, B. (2007).  Animal-assisted therapy:  A meta-analysis.  Anthrozoos, 20(3), 


Roberts-Schneider, M. (2016).  How educators use dogs to support children's social, emotional,

and behavioral development (Unpublished doctoral dissertation).  Walden University, Minneapolis, MN.  


Zasloff, R., Hart, L., & DeArmond, H. (1999).  Animals in elementary school education in 

California.  Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 2(4), 347-357.