All posts by Jonathan Pass


Pet your animals! It could save your life—

Patricia Pendry from Washington State University recently conducted an case study with 249 college students.  The study was aimed at discovering the benefits of simply petting animals on a daily basis.  Patricia found that 10 minutes a day with your pet can have a significant impact in reducing stress, as well as a reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone.  Another reason why we love our dogs and our jobs!



TIPS FOR NEW PET PARENTS- This will be an ongoing series I will be writing over the next few weeks- Introducing a new dog to the family can bring plenty of excitement, sweet snuggles and puppy kisses. However, there are also plenty of pratical steps to consider to successfully transition a pup into its new environment. Whether you are a seasoned pet owner or a first time puppy parent, these tips can help your newest family member feel right at home. Stay tuned for the next post and tip #1


Another reason why dogs are awesome

Check out this story from USA TODAY: Dogs may sniff out lung cancer, research says

Here’s another reason to love dogs. Using their super-sensitive noses, dogs were able to sniff out lung cancer in samples of human blood with 97% accuracy.

A feel good story…

A feel good story! Maintaining a K-9 program is expensive and very time consuming and that is why many agencies the size of the Powhatan Sheriff’s Office do not have one. But incidents like last night’s two 8 year old children being lost in the woods are why the Sheriff keeps the program going strong.
Parents and neighbors had valiantly been searching the woods for the children for 45 minutes in the failing daylight when the call was made to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies (including K-9 Bane) joined the effort in short order. Within 15 minutes of K-9 Bane entering the woods he was able to track and locate the children. As soon as the children were home safe he was back on patrol eager for the next call for service.
Job well done K-9 Bane!


Another Recall….

I found this article last night and felt compelled to share with our readers. This is the second article in the past 2 weeks I have read concerning dog food and potential dangers/recalled products. Over the past few years, dog owners have seen a lot of companies emerge with food alternatives to your traditional Purina/Dog Foods that we all remember feeding our dogs. This has been very exciting for us as owners; however, we need to be aware of the brands, manufacturers, etc and do our homework.