Full Show Notes for this Episode.
Introduction Timestamps: 00:02 – 01:32
Segment 1: 01:35 – 03:56
To start this episode, I’ll tell you another creature feature – short, true stories about animals. Do you remember the part in the movie, The Wizard of OZ when Toto and Dorothy are swept away in their house by a tornado? If you think a dog being carried away is only fiction, wait till you hear this.
Segment 2: 03:59 – 32:07
Then, I’ve got news. More stories about Rocket!! After a stay-at-home order, due to the pandemic, Rocket, the NutriSource Pet Food’s sponsored, M Health Fairview – University of Minnesota – Masonic Children’s Hospital dog, is back at his job – helping children and families again deal with all the aspects of a hospital stay. His partner and handler, Anna Dressel, tells the stories of how Rocket keeps surprising her with the profound ways he affects others, what he particularly excels at in helping children and all about his third birthday celebration. See the photos below, that accompany the stories.
Segment 3: 32:10 – 43:31
What can you do to create good mental welfare for your cat? Follow the guideline: Don’t stimulate the emotions of RAGE, FEAR or GRIEF in them if you can help it and do stimulate SEEKING and PLAY as much as possible. These are core emotion systems in the brains of both you and your pets. Today, I’ll explain how FEAR affects cats and what you can do to keep your cat from feeling it so much.
Additional Resources for the show.
Source for the story about Sadie and the Tornado – Amazing but True Dog Tales by Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo, compiled by Muriel MacFarlane
Source for story about reducing fear in cats – Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson.
The Trainable Cat by John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis.
Here are photos of Rocket that illustrate some parts of the stories that Anna tells in the episode plus other new ones.
1. By quietly laying in the laps of children allowing himself to be petted, Rocket offers comfort and solace.
5. One of the special skills that Rocket really excels in is being able to sense and respond to patients in pain.
7. Here is the silly, affectionate body position that Rocket will show to people he likes. Anna and Amy call it the “Rocket Fold.”.