SoulPaws Magazine

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Cats

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 […]

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SoulPaws

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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SoulPaws

Life Spirit

  I was speaking with a group of people today about guinea pig’s “life spirit.” It was a term that I had never used and frankly, don’t remember ever hearing before the moment it was coming out of my own mouth. I’ve used the often repeated words of “resilient” and “strong” to describe my guinea […]

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Grief

What Remains

Grief is cumulative, but I have to believe that hope, that joy, is also cumulative, that the love we allow through the cracks in our walls can only build, widening those cracks until our hearts lay bare and open and whole.