What I find so compelling about this photo by Saeed Khan, is the image of this vulnerable human sheltering this very vulnerable puppy. Compassion expressed by someone herself in need of compassion.
I found this interesting article on the positive effect dogs are having on downtown L.A. What was once a mainly commercial zone is now becoming a residential neighborhood with dogs and their people leading the way. The presence of people and their dogs is creating a community, helping the police fight crime, and leading to the reopening of greenspaces. I know that it is often the case that when an off-leash area opens in a park, crime in the park decreases due to the regular presence and lengthy stays of people and their dogs.
The House Rabbit Society’s site is an amazingly thorough resource for taking care of your rabbit. They cover everything from litterbox training to toys good for stimulating play to rabbit proofing your home. There is an informative article on what it’s like to live with a rabbit–it’s definitely not for everyone. There’s also a good FAQ on common health issues for rabbits. I think anyone considering a pet rabbit should check out this site. People who already have a rabbit could certainly learn some things too.
Collar covers, bandanas, and coats for dogs with special needs like deafness, blindness, both, or shyness. What a great idea! Now when you’re out in public, people can clearly see that your dog has an issue and approach appropriately. It also creates an opportunity to educate others about dogs with special needs—how to approach them, that they can be trained, and that they can make wonderful companions.