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Elisabeth Ward's book is available for $12: Shaggy Dog Press, PO Box 318, Westport, NY 12993.
Elisabeth Ward's book is available for $12: Shaggy Dog Press, PO Box 318, Westport, NY 12993.

New Book Celebrates Pets and Poetry

Elisabeth Ward is a Westport writer who's put together a collection of poems called Naked Weimaraner: The Dogs, The Cats, The Rest. It contains more than 25 poems about dogs, cats, goats, squirrels, foxes, and the rest. All the proceeds from the book are being donated to the North Country Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Westport. Todd Moe spoke with Elisabeth Ward about her new book which explores the poetry of everyday life and the importance of living among animals.  Go to full article

SLU Celebrates "Blessing of the Animals"

Dozens of furry and finned critters and their human friends gathered in Canton for the annual "Blessing of the Animals" celebration at St. Lawrence University yesterday. Lots of dogs, a few cats, horses, and even fish mingled outside Gunnison Chapel. You might say it was doggie heaven. But for cats it was a little less divine - most stayed huddled in their pet carriers. As Todd Moe found out, the Blessing was an opportunity to reflect upon the positive impact animals have on our emotional and physical well-being. Wednesday's event included prayers, poems, stories and a tribute to St. Francis of Assisi, a 13th century monk noted for his hospitality to all creatures.  Go to full article

Pets Help Children Cope With Disease

There's growing evidence that having pets is good for the well-being of their humans. A new study looks at the effect of pets on the lives of chronically ill children. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Tracy Samilton reports.  Go to full article

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