Tag: Service Dogs and Other Animals

The Completely Reasonable Reason People Are Flying With Mini Horses

Last week, after months of deliberation, the Department of Transportation released formal guidance regarding animals on planes. The 28-page document makes it clear that three types of service animals should be prioritized for travel: cats, dogs and miniature horses. Yes, miniature horses. The document repeatedly includes mini horses in a trio of “the most commonly […]

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Do Service Dogs Help Treat PTSD? V.A. Still Doesn’t Know

On a sunny October day in 2017, Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, held a meeting in the West Wing to promote an initiative that would pair shelter dogs needing homes with veterans wanting to act on the increasingly widespread notion that well-trained dogs can improve the lives of people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and […]

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Move Over Therapy Dogs. Hello, Therapy Cows.

NAPLES, N.Y. — Even without a psychology degree, Bella’s natural talents made her an excellent therapist: She is calm and accommodating of a range of personalities, with the patience to listen to endless problems without so much as a judgmental moo. From a lush, secluded pasture on the Mountain Horse Farm, a 33-acre bed-and-breakfast in […]

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People Are Taking Emotional Support Animals Everywhere. States Are Cracking Down.

A 26-year-old Starbucks barista in the suburbs of Tampa known as Vayne Myers has suffered from anxiety ever since he was a child. A co-worker suggested he try an emotional support animal. So Mr. Myers bought a duck and named it Primadonna. The snow-white bird has worked wonders for his state of mind. “Whenever I […]

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