SoulPaws Magazine

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I know, I know. It’s confusing. It’s not therapy with hippopotamuses. That would be dangerous, because hippos are one of the deadliest animals on earth. It’s true, well, at least in Africa, where they are known to attack humans, tip over boats and kill 500+ people a year [source:]. No, it’s about therapy with […]

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The Healing Nature of Horses

In recent years, many people have been turning to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) as a means of healing.  Therapy sessions with horses have shown that horses can help us cope with our mental health problems including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.  Through EAP, patients engage with horses by participating in activities like grooming, petting, walking, […]

Eating Disorders

Love in the Form of a Labrador

Dear SoulPack, Last week, we received an email from a woman who would like to remain anonymous. She suffers from binge-eating disorder, and she wrote: “Of all things, why had I volunteered to bring a cake to Barb’s going away party? Who did I think I was? Someone with self-control? Someone who could keep a cake […]

Eating Disorders

How Conquering My Fear of Animals Parallels My Recovery Journey

Growing up my family had fish, dogs, chickens, and parakeets. My father and brother loved animals and having pets. I, on the other hand, was afraid of most animals that weren’t cute little puppies. Ok, afraid might be too harsh of a word – perhaps, nervous is a better one. Animals made me nervous. How was I supposed to […]


Quiet Footsteps: What My Cat Taught Me Growing Up

Growing up, I spent a lot of time alone. I was the youngest of my siblings by 10 years, so by the time I was 8 years old, my brother and sister had both left for college and had begun their adult lives. My father worked long hours as a physician, and my mother stayed […]


Perhaps You Are Just As the Animal Sees You. Someone to Love.

During every SoulPaws session, each participant spends about twenty minutes of one-on-one time with a service animal. This past weekend, we were fortunate enough to work with the Pet-Assisted Therapy Animals from the San Diego Humane Society—small animals who lead very busy lives visiting hospitals, schools, treatment centers, and more, offering comfort to people in need. After six […]

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