Women and Their Psychological Relationship with Their Pets

A number of elderly women have refused to go or delayed going to the hospital for the same concerns. In many cases, their pets are also elderly. Either family members have no desire to add them to their household or the woman does not feel the family will love their pets enough so the only alternatives are euthanasia or re-homing, both of which can cause further decline in the health of the woman.

The psychological relationships that women have with pets can serve as stress relievers. Therapy Dogs International and the Delta Society educate women volunteers and their pets so that they can effectively visit patients in the nursing home setting. This increases social interaction with the patients, provides comfort to them and reinforces their feelings of independence.

Canine Companions for Independence as well as The Guiding Eyes for the Blind has enabled women with various disabilities to become independent again by developing a close bond with highly trained dogs.

The psychological relationship that women have with their pets can determine where they work. Pets are increasingly seen in business offices. American companies that allow employees to bring their pets to work are listed on a website called Simply Hired. Pet Sitters International teams up with corporate sponsors to host a “Take your Pet to Work Day”.

Women who desire to spend more time with their pets and children without sacrificing income often become leaders in the home-based business industry.

The psychological relationship that women have with their pets can determine where women live and what cars they drive. Women have chosen to move to homes based on the needs of their pets. Advertisers today show pets selecting the family car. Even insurance companies are throwing in free pet injury insurance for pets that travel in cars that are insured by them. All of these ads are aimed at the women who care deeply for their pets.

Ultimately, it is the quality of the psychological relationship that women have with their pets that improves the happiness of everyone around them in the home, neighborhood and business arena.

Works Cited List

Kochan, Maureen. “Love Me, Love My Dog.” Dog Fancy February 2008. 7 January 2008 Supplement: The WALTHAM International Sciences Symposia Innovations in Companion Animal Nutrition: Obesity and Weight Management. Human-Animal Relationship of Owners of Normal and Overweight Cats Ellen Kienzle*,4 and Reinhold Bergler* Institute of Physiology, Biochemistry, and Animal Nutrition, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, D-85764 Oberschleiheim Munich, Germany and Psychologisches Institut der Universitt Bonn, D-53117 Bonn, Germany 4

Five Kung Fu Animals Represent A Series Of Specific Steps In Learning How To Fight

Boddhidharma brought Kung Fu to the Shaolin Temple some 2500 years ago, and the world has been learning ever since. A hundred generations of religious fanatics perfecting themselves through fantastic, rigorous exercises. Interestingly, the five animals of Kung fu stand for a series of steps in the progression of fighting tactics and strategy.

The Tiger is known for strength. He is a strong animal, and he charges in aggressively on the attack. He is a do or die animal, and the old saying is ‘If two tigers fight, one will die and the other will be maimed.’

The Leopard is known for quickness. He charges in and out, snapping his attacks with tremendous power. Thus, he is not as aggressive as a tiger, but has learned to ‘dance.’

The Crane reveals ‘True Soft,’ as that animal remains aloof, poised and waiting, evading and avoiding. Not dancing, but matching the movements and finding the precise instant to counter. And the attack is not always violent, but rather exact, often taking advantage of pressure points.

The Snake represents True Soft when it comes to True Kung Fu. Instead of charging aggressively, dancing, or even playing a waiting game, it is part of the movement, going with the movement, taking advantage of the motion by being them. This is not just retreating from the incoming force, but becoming the attack, and turning it to best advantage.

With the gradient steps from Tiger to Snake we have a series of steps from hard to soft, from external to internal. Interestingly, this is really a gradient method from learning to go against, to learning to go with. The next animal, the Dragon, is represents the summation of these steps.

The dragon is neither hard nor soft, it is both both of these attributes. It is being able to go against or with at will. it is the ability to combine all animals, as one wishes, in whatever manner, in the middle of combat.

Thus, the five kung fu animals train the physical form, discipline the mind, and finally, manifest the spirit. For the dragon, as the last animal, represents imagination, the ability to choose, and these are the hallmarks of a spiritual being. As the old phrases have said, the Tiger strengthens the bones, the Crane resides within stillness, and the Dragon trains the spirit, and this gradient sequence of concepts definitely represents the True Shaolin Teachings.

What is Bird-Flu

Over the past year, Bird Flu has been pasted on the headlines of every major media outlet in the nation. It seems like everybody is worried about it, but when I ask, no one can tell me exactly what it is. Is it as bad as everyone makes it out to be?

Bird flu which is also known as Avian flu, is a type of influenza that infects birds. The A type flu virus is most common in water fowl. Held in the intestine and then shed amongst other birds, the virus can spread rapidly, not affecting the host bird.

Although most common in water birds, domestic birds are susceptible to the Avian flu as well. According to the Center for Disease and Control, Domesticated birds may become infected with avian influenza virus through direct contact with infected waterfowl or other infected poultry, or through contact with surfaces (such as dirt or cages) or materials (such as water or feed) that have been contaminated with virus. People, vehicles, and other inanimate objects such as cages can be vectors for the spread of influenza virus from one farm to another. When this happens, avian influenza outbreaks can occur among poultry. Infection in humans occurs when direct contact is made with poultry or a contaminated surface. Symptoms for bird flu are the same as typical influenza including fever, sore throat, and body aches. Although the symptoms are the same as typical influenza, the affect of Avian flu can potentially be life threatening.

If you become infected with the Avian or are experiencing regular flu like symptoms, the Center for Disease and Control recommends that you consult your physician immediately. In this case, it is good to error on the side of caution than to leave a potentially fatal disease go untreated.

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