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contents March / April  2017

5 SUPER FOOD

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Get “The Buzz” on Bee Pollen

7 FEATURE Happy Feet

8 HEALTHY BODY

FASHION

Volumetrics

STRIPES FOR SPRING

10 EXERCISE

Ditch the Bar and Handle the Resistance!

12 WELLNESS

Holistic Medicine and Healthcare Insurance

16 MIGHTY KIDS Geocaching

17 RECIPE Energy Balls 18 LONGEVITY

The Sweet Benefits of Nature’s Nectar

19 RECIPE

Roasted Cauliflower & Arugula Salad

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Dogs and People, a Healthy Team 20

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super food

Get “The Buzz” on

Bee pollen functions as a sourc e of protein for the hive.

Bee n e l l o P By Leah Porche, RD

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ee pollen has been touted to enhance endurance, foster fertility, and alleviate allergy symptoms across the web. While these claims have not been proven by human studies, they are founded on the high-nutrient composition of the bee pollen, which is comprised of simple sugars, amino acids (protein), minerals, vitamins, fatty acids, and other nutrients. It's no surprise that bee pollen is an excellent source of protein, as it functions as a high-protein food source for the hive. Exact composition of the bee pollen varies depending upon the plants visited by the worker bees. These hard-working insects fly to and fro, plant-to-plant, collect nectar, and return to the hive. While the nectar is used to make honey, the pollen is made by combin-

ing pollen with bee saliva and the nectar to create the generally golden granules of bee pollen. These protein-packed little pellets are sweet with an edge of bitterness. While you may find a bee pollen supplement in your local health food store (which may contain questionable additives), the actual granules (a whole food) can be added to a multitude of recipes to add texture, flavor, and nutrition. Some of the easiest ways to incorporate bee pollen into your diet are at breakfast time. Add it to your smoothie, sprinkle it on your oatmeal, or add it to your muffin batter. While there may not be startling studies about the positive effects of bee pollen, adding this tasty tidbit to your pantry stock will give you something new and interesting to enhance your culinary repertoire!

*Those with bee allergies, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid consumption.

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Imagine being able to eat more, lose weight, and feel energized. Volumetrics claims to do just that.

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re you sick of feeling hungry, tired, and deprived due to low-carbohydrate, low-calorie, or low-fat diets? If your answer is yes, you have more than likely joined the millions of Americans who have lost weight, and then regained

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it with additional pounds. Volumetrics takes a completely different approach to weight loss. This nutritional plan, created by Barbara Rolls PhD, doesn’t follow the current trends of structured eating that limits food and deprives our bodies of essential nutrients. While many diets on

the market simply promise weight loss, Volumetrics encourages individuals to lose weight and keep it off while eating more and feeling full. Plus, the plan is flexible enough for vegetarians, vegans, and those who need to restrict salt and fat. Volumetrics focuses on finding specific healthy, filling food. According to Dr. Rolls, “People feel full because of the types and amounts of foods they eat – not because of the number of calories or the grams of fat, protein, or carbs. So, the trick is to fill up on the right foods with fewer calories.” Volumetrics is a longterm plan that means you will not necessarily lose weight quickly. Instead, the

goal is to change your lifestyle and work toward permanent weight loss and maintenance. To be successful, you must meet specific daily calorie goals and daily step goals for movement and exercise. The plan allows you to eat whatever you please, while paying attention to energy density. Energy density simply refers to the number of calories in a specific amount of food. Foods with high energy density have lots of calories for less volume, while foods with low energy density provide fewer calories with more volume. The following four categories of food will allow you to begin your weight loss journey through Volumetrics.

DR. ROLLS SPLITS FOODS INTO FOUR CATEGORIES: CATEGORY 1 includes “free” or “anytime” fruits, nonstarchy vegetables (such as broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms), and broth-based soups.

CATEGORY 2 includes reasonable portions of whole grains (such as brown rice and whole wheat pasta), lean proteins, legumes, and low-fat dairy.

CATEGORY 3 includes small portions of foods such as breads, desserts, fat-free baked snacks, cheeses, and higher-fat meats.

For more information about Volumetrics, refer to: Volumetrics by Barbara Rolls, PhD and Robert A. Barnett

CATEGORY 4 includes sparing portions of fried foods, candy, cookies, nuts, and fats.

You’ll eat three meals, two snacks, and a dessert each day.

EXERCISE

You’ll start by adding 150 steps a day to your routine, using a pedometer. The first goal is to reach an extra 1,000 steps by the end of the week. The ultimate goal is to log 10,000 steps a day.


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exercise

DITCH THE BAR & HANDLE THE

RESISTANCE! By: Tami Charbonnet | Model: Leslie Thomas Chimento, M.D. | Photographer: Richard Vallon

Resistance band exercises are a perfect way to get a full body workout as an alternative to purchasing expensive equipment. Resistance bands are inexpensive, travel friendly, and they are available in different strengths. To get the most from your strength training using resistance bands, you should have at least 3 different strengths – easy, medium, and difficult.

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2. STANDING SHOULDER ISOLATION PLUS HIP/GLUTEUS ADDUCTION • Stand with the middle of the resistance band beneath your feet and an end in each hand. • Bend the elbows and pull the handles out and up until the elbows are almost even with the shoulders. • Tighten the core and kick the right leg away and out toward the right side. •For hip adduction, tighten the core and kick the heel backward squeezing the glutes. 2 sets / 15-20 repetitions

1. SLEEK SHOULDER T-RAISE OR LATERAL RAISE • To begin, stand on resistance band so the tension begins at arm's length. Grasp the handles with palms facing your thighs with a grip slightly less than shoulder width apart. Handles must be resting alongside the outer leg. • Extend arms with a slight bend at the elbows and keep back straight. This will be your starting position. • Use your side shoulders to lift the handles to the sides as you exhale. Continue to lift handles until they are parallel to floor. Keep your core braced and pause for a few seconds at the top of the movement. Lower the handles back to the starting postion. 2 sets / 10 repetitions

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3. SIMPLE BAND BICEP CURL • Stand with the middle of the resistance band beneath your feet and an end in each hand. • Start with the arms straight by your sides and the band held taught. • Bend the arms at the elbows HIP ADDUCTION exercise will to lift the hands towards the strengthen the muscles shoulders. Be sure to keep the on the outside of the elbows close to the ribs. hip. Take the leg out • Do not allow the elbows to to the side as far as flare away from the body. possible. Slowly 2 sets / 15-20 repetitions bring it back to the center.

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4. RUSSIAN TWIST: • Wrap resistance band around feet and grab handles, and keep them together. • With heels on the floor (or elevated for more of a challenge) rotate handles from side-to-side tapping the floor. • Works abs and obliques. 2 sets / 10-20 repetitions

*Bands used in photographs are resistance tubes with handles and handleless bands. Both were purchased for under $15.00

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5. BENT ROWS AND TRICEP KICK BACKS WITH HANDLELESS BANDS • Stand with the middle of the resistance band beneath your feet and an end in each hand • Hold the band in front of you and lean forward slightly while keeping the spine long (chest towards the floor). Step on your band in a slightly squatted position. Keep your lower back tight and straight as you pull your elbows back behind you. Concentrate on squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top of each contraction. • Pull arms back with palms facing each other. Slowly bring palms back to sides bending mostly from the elbows. 2 sets / 10-20 repetitions

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TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR BODY... research indicate that the benefits LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE... of holistic medicine are significant to POSITIVE THINKING SPEEDS HEALING... AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY... improved health and quality of life,

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ost people will tell you there is truth behind such statements.You probably know a cancer survivor or two who holds fast to the belief that her positive attitude and healthy diet made the difference in recovery. The holistic approach to health, which supports the integration of conventional and alternative therapies to address the whole person, is emerging as an impactful process in contemporary medicine. Such practices as acupuncture, chiropractic care, homeopathy, and massage therapy, along with a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet, exercise or relationship counseling, are becoming more common in treating mental, spiritual, and physical health. While patient testimonials and

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many individuals are neglecting the choice because it is not covered by their healthcare insurance. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) treatments that are more commonly covered by insurance include chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage; however, health insurance companies still regard most alternative techniques with hesitation, and each company has different parameters for approval. Aetna, for example, considers medically necessary alternative medicine with specific guidelines regarding acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic services, and electrical stimulation for pain. Treatments that are typically not included in most traditional health plans include herbal therapy, homeopathy, applied kinesiology, and naturopathy.

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tripes have been around for years. Whether they served as the main focus of an outfit or as an accent piece, we are no stranger to these fashion trends. The nice thing about stripes is that this super trend seems to have a twist to them each season and this spring is no different. This year, it’s all about bold, bigger, and more prominent stripes. It’s about trendy, chic pinstripes, and it’s about stripes with a lot of comfort involved. For years they were the classic attire for business women.You’d find them in pantsuits, button-ups, and tailored blazers, but now they are so much more. One of the biggest trends for stripes this spring is big, bold stripes on maxi or calf-length dresses. It’s easy and comfortable

and it looks chic and effortless. This also applies to wearing wide-leg pants with stripes. Pair them with a cotton tee or an oversized buttonup, which is also big for spring this year, and you have the perfect outfit for running errands. Don’t fret if you don’t like the bold and edgy look–pinstripes are still in, but this year they’re a little more fun. These pinstripes have more of a textured look, and they are great to wear as tops, pants and our favorite, jumpsuits - because who doesn’t love a great jumpsuit? 70’s anyone! This leads us to another blastfrom-the-past: cutouts. Yup, the cutout is back, but you can keep it subdued and classy by wearing it in the neckline of a striped shirt, giving you the look of the season.

Now let’s be honest, it’s easy to find these latest spring fashion trends in all the department stores and up-scale boutiques, but most of those don’t use organic, sustainable fabrics. As much as the runway shows promote the latest and greatest trends, they often forget the biggest trend of all, supporting our environment. Luckily, there are some amazing stores offering the season's must-haves that are super fashionable, while helping our world, all at the same time. One of my personal favorites is Study NY, which utilizes sustainable techniques and materials, while educating the consumer. They offer a variety of trendy, chic looks that cater to everyone, making it easier than ever to shop your favorite looks in a sustainable fashion. inspirehealthmag.com § #inspirehealthmag

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ARE PETS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT? OR, DO THEY LEAVE AN UNNECESSARY CARBON FOOTPRINT? he point could be made that pets contribute to a negative macroscopic ecologic balance. Much energy has to be funneled into the processing plants that manufacture pet foods, and the process of extrusion (the manufacture of pelleted rations) is an energy consuming process. Since most of us prefer a dry type of food to feed our dogs, cats, rabbits, or hamsters, this necessarily means the production of a carbon footprint. We could, of course, turn our pets loose in a feral arrangement and let them scavenge and procure food the way their genetics are programmed to perform. It would certainly shrink their carbon footprint if we didn't have to buy food, but that

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would be cruel, irresponsible, and would defeat the purpose of having pets. Besides food, other pet products (plastic for pet toys, litter boxes, and bowls; nylon for leashes and collars; polystyrene for everything else) is obviously also an energy-demanding activity which wouldn’t be necessary if we didn’t have pets. Should we stop buying pet supplies and things we need to manage our pets and make their life more interesting and fun? It's hard for animal lovers to be objective on this topic. Does anyone take carbon footprints into consideration with a purring cat in their lap, or when excitedly greeted by their dog at the end of a tough day? Perhaps the solution is to do our best to seek out green manufacturers and eco-friendly pet products that allow us to be both loving pet owners and responsible custodians of the planet.

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FINDING AND LOGGING A GEOCACHE:

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By Michele Robert Poche BILLED AS THE WORLD’S LARGEST TREASURE HUNT, GEOCACHING IS A REAL-WORLD OUTDOOR GAME, USING GPS-ENABLED DEVICES LIKE SMARTPHONES AND TABLETS. It gets its name from geo (earth) and cache (a hiding place). First appearing around the year 2000, geocache locations are now estimated at more than 2 million worldwide. That means you and your family are never far away from starting your own hunt!

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Energy Balls

recipe INGREDIENTS  1 cup oatmeal  2/3 cup coconut flakes  ½ cup ground flax seed  ½ cup peanut butter  1/3 cup raw honey*  1 tsp cinnamon  1 tsp turmeric powder  1 tsp vanilla extract Optional  1 tsp chia seeds  1 tsp hemp seeds  Cacao nibs/ dark chocolate

INSTRUCTIONS  Mix ingredients together in bowl. Once evenly mixed, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Remove from fridge and form into small balls. Keep covered and refrigerated.  These energy balls make the perfect quick snack and are great to take to parties and events. They satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing ingredient quality or nutrients. Each ball is giving you complex carbohydrates to fuel your body, healthy fats, plant-based protein, and natural sugar for energy. Turmeric acts as an anti-inflammatory and raw honey is nature's most powerful antibiotic. Indulge in an energy ball or two knowing every ingredient is not only great tasting, but great for you! *Those with bee allergies, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid consumption of honey.

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The Sweet Benefits OF NATURE’S NECTAR By Cindy A. Lugo

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the fauna triggering the allergic reaction. This major benefit is only one of many to consider as you add a steady dose of raw local honey to your diet. A key element to remember is that the power-packed properties exist in raw honey, which is a pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized sweetener made by bees from the nectar of flowers. When you buy from local independent farmers, beekeepers, and farmer’s markets, you are generally getting the best quality raw honey. Any honey not labeled raw, unheated, and unfiltered has most likely been processed for a long shelf life, robbing it of its incredible nutritional value and health powers. Expect raw honey to be opaque rather than the golden color which is achieved through heating. Fresh, raw honey is tastier and as a healing remedy, it can boast the following: Boosts energy Relieves morning sickness Soothes sore throats Aids in weight loss, especially when replacing processed sugar as a daily sweetener Raises levels of health-promoting antioxidants in the body Promotes restorative sleep Aids in the treatment of burns and wounds when infused bandages are applied Effective in treating coughs When mixed with cinnamon, provides relief from bladder infections, arthritis, upset stomach, and bad breath

Sure, it’ll sweeten your tea, but did you know that honey can also function as a natural antibiotic? Just dab a little onto a wound, blemish, etc., to help encourage healing, prevent bacterial growth, and minimize scarring. Remember when shopping: the darker the honey, the stronger its antibacterial properties.

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ature’s nectar--honey-- packs a powerful punch in the fight against ailments, and has been used for centuries for its healing properties. When you eat locally harvested, raw honey, you receive the added benefit of consuming a superfood that contains immune stimulating properties needed for your body. It is believed that eating a tablespoon of honey each day can relieve the symptoms of pollen-related allergies. The premise is that bees in your area are collecting nectar from the plants and flowers that cause you to experience itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and other similar allergic symptoms. Raw honey contains bee pollen; therefore, when you eat local raw honey, you are consuming that same offending local pollen. By ingesting minute amounts of the very allergen that is affecting you, your body builds up immunity to

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ROASTED CAULIFLOWER & ARUGULA SALAD By Amie Valpone, thehealthyapple.com

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eafy greens are one of the best veggies you can eat. They’re full of nutrients and they’re easy to serve raw, steamed, or sautéed. In this simple salad, I roasted cauliflower and topped with two of my favorite detoxifying leafy greens, arugula and spinach, and a creamy tahini dressing. This recipe is naturally free of gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, and other inflammatory foods so it’s the perfect lunch or dinner salad to enjoy anytime of the year. Feel free to use more garlic if you like more of a kick to your dressing. In my book, Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body, I talk about how certain foods cause inflammation in our body and how to add in more whole, anti-inflammatory foods like those in this recipe. The purple cabbage and heirloom tomato add a subtle sweetness along with the honey and raw almonds without having to add any refined sugar. This recipe takes about 30 minutes to prepare, so you can have it on the table on a rushed weeknight meal for your family, or savor it on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Enjoy!

SERVES 4 • 1 head organic cauliflower, cut into ½ inch florets • 1 tbsp avocado oil • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste • 4 ½ tbsp tahini • Juice of 1 large lemon • 2 tsp honey or pure maple syrup • 1 medium clove garlic, minced • Hot water, as needed • 2 cups arugula • 2 cups baby spinach • 1 cup thinly sliced purple cabbage • 1 large heirloom tomato, diced • 1 small English cucumber, diced • 2 tbsp raw almonds Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the cauliflower florets onto

the prepared baking sheet and drizzle with the avocado oil, using your hands to coat each cauliflower floret. Season with sea salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes or until the cauliflower is golden brown and tender. Remove from the oven and set aside. Meanwhile, whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, honey, minced garlic, and a few teaspoons of hot water in a small bowl. Add more hot water as needed, to thin out the dressing to your desired consistency. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the roasted cauliflower, arugula, spinach, cabbage, tomato, and cucumber. Drizzle with the tahini dressing and gently toss to coat. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Garnish with raw almonds and serve immediately.

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a Heal thy Team RaShann Southard understands a lot about how animals and humans provide mutual well being. by Veronica Coons - vcoons@gbtribune.com Photography by Hugo Gonzalez - hgonzalez@gbtribune.com aShann Southard loves dogs, especially Boxers. The founder of Hands of Hope Rescue, committed to finding good homes for homeless canines, has dedicated her life to this cause. In 2012, she lost her first Boxer, Buster, and missing him, she began her search for another through her network of shelters, waiting patiently until she saw some puppies at a rescue. Boxer puppies, she said, are few and far between. When she found Cash, she drove to Dallas where she met the transport driver that brought him through the first leg of his journey from Houston. Today, he’s part of the family that in addition to her husband and sons, includes Piper, a boxer mix, Lenny, the “chiweenie,” and Shay, a white German Shepherd Dog. Transporting dogs to their ‘furever’ homes is something RaShann has been doing for a long time. Years ago, she began by helping out a woman from Arkansas with transport after running across a random plea for help on facebook. “I figured at the time it was something small I could do,” she said. After that first leg, she continued to get calls for help. It’s not easy to find good, reliable people for this work, she said. Her involvement continued to grow deeper. “I’ve been involved in every aspect of rescue, from transport, to getting them from shelters, to pulling them out of inadequate or bad shelters. It’s just kind of progressed.” RaShann would transport dogs from an Arkansas shelter to rescue shelters in Kansas. At first, she just drove. Later, she began setting up the transfers. She found people to drive from Arkansas to Wichita, and then from Wichita to other shelters in the state, each leg amounting to an hour or two. Eventually, that involvement grew to include volunteering with the Golden Belt Humane Society in Great Bend. Finally she started her own rescue.

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Rescue underground

Rescues can be as simple as someone caring for animals in their home to as organized as Humane Society shelters. And while places like Golden Belt Humane Society accepts strays picked up by animal control, that’s strictly against the law for independent shelters like Hands of Hope. In Kansas, rescues can only take owner surrenders or pull out of shelters. And there is a lot of paperwork that needs to be completed with each rescue, including owner surrender forms, veterinary records and verification of rabies certificates. “We have to be able to prove where all of our dogs come from, because there are people who steal dogs,” she said. “That’s also why Golden Belt is so important for taking strays. They have to have somewhere to go.” It’s like an underground world that you become part of when you get involved, she added. People send you friend requests, and sometimes, you find yourself in unusual situations. Like the time she was locked in a woman’s bedroom. “The police were involved, that was crazy. It was insane!” RaShann was helping another rescue, Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation (SNARR). One of their fosters was caring for three dogs, but would not give them back. She was asked to go and talk with the foster. While she was there, she spotted one of the dogs the woman was hiding, and as she was attempting to remove it, the woman locked her in a bedroom. “I don’t know what she thought she was going to do to me, but I pushed my way through, and she called the cops thinking they were going to arrest me, but they took her in. It was crazy.” SNARR was able to retrieve two of the three. The third was an old, senior dog, and was never found. The lesson she walked away with was you have to be really careful who you work with. RaShann has also learned that in addition to having a big heart, rescue requires a person to be able to say no. “People will take advantage of you. They try all the time, and I’ve learned the hard way that some dogs, unfortunately, have been abused so badly that they can’t come out of it.”

Like people, she added, some never come out of the abuse they’ve suffered. “We all cry when we have to put a dog down that we tried to save that is attacking people–which is rare, thank goodness, but you have to be able to do it,” she said. “I won’t take a dog with a bite history. That’s an automatic no. I can’t put a dog like that in somebody’s home.”

Health partners

In 2015, RaShann was diagnosed with cancer. She was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. A very fast growing cancer, it does not respond to hormonal therapy or therapies that target HER2 receptors. She opted to have a double mastectomy and reconstruction at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. “I got lucky, had a fabulous surgeon, and did chemo when I got back,” she said. While she didn’t have to do radiation, she lost her hair, her eyebrows, her eyelashes. That experience, she said, was in a way kind of freeing, helping her to realize how strong she was. Still there were days where she felt extremely sick and tired. “My dogs got me through my cancer,” she said. “They knew when I was sick, not feeling good after chemotherapy, and they’d just lay with me. They are definitely my therapy, and I can’t imagine my life without my dogs.” And later, when she was feeling stronger, they helped her recover. They gave her something besides her own discomfort to focus on. In addition to being attuned to their human’s emotions and providing welcome companionship, dogs are excellent health motivators. For those recovering from health problems like RaShann, empty nesters or the elderly, exercise can be mutually beneficial for human and dog. “Sometimes, even when you’re tired, you know your pet is counting on you to take them for a walk. You have to think about them because you are all they have.” And thanks to the team she built prior to the diagnosis, Hands of Hope didn’t suffer. Her rescue family was there, allowing her to focus on what she needed to do. She continued to help with paperwork from home during her recovery, which also gave her something to think about.

Sometimes, even when you’re tired, you know your pet is counting on you to take them for a walk. You have to think about them because you are all they have.

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Doing good work

A few years ago, she was able to help another Boxer find a loving home, and that’s the memory she points to when she considers how deeply rescue touches her life. This particular case was notably disturbing. The dog had endured five years of abuse from its owner, which included starvation, beatings and even being set upon by the owner’s pitbull, that resulted in the Boxer losing one of its legs. Finally, a kind woman was successful in removing him from that situation and made contact with RaShann. “We put him in a foster home, where he could be cared for and loved, and we found him a good home,” she said. “When you work with dogs this way, that’s what you get out of it.” But that’s not all. She also gets updates from owners of the dogs the rescue saves, as well as pictures showing how well they are loved in their new homes. From that, RaShann and her fosters receive a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction, she said. When foster families take in a dog through the Hands of Hope, they work to prepare the pet for its new home. The work can include simple house training as well as basic verbal commands. Some dogs that have been starved or underfed may have some food aggression to work through, but only foster families equipped to deal with those issues are considered. There are resources to help new fosters learn proper techniques for training. RaShann’s mother teaches and judges both obedience and agility, and is a willing helper when needed. When the dog is ready for adoption, applications are taken, and the foster family meets with the prospective owner. “They know the dog best, and they appreciate having some involvement and say in who it will ultimately go to.” If they aren’t completely comfortable with the prospective family, then the adoption will not happen, she added. Some of her fosters have been with her for many years. One has fostered 30 dogs. For those who can’t commit to fostering, there’s a never-ending need for transport drivers. “For a couple hours out of your day, you get to interact with the dogs, get your puppy fix, and you don’t have to foster,” she said. “It’s huge. We pull a lot from Texas and Oklahoma, and we can’t get them here without people willing to transport.”

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Caring is a two way street

Love, affection, motivation and a companion to walk with are all great ways pet owners benefit from their relationship with their dog. RaShann counsels families that the best way they can take care of their dogs is by providing four basic needs, a safe home, veterinary care, good food and your time. Pets need a good, safe home. Before she signs off on an adoption, RaShann likes to make sure the new family has a plan in place if they become unable to take care of their new family member. Nothing is more sad and disappointing, she said, than to have a pet come back to her because of a lack of planning. When she takes surrenders from younger people, the reasons cited range from a new baby coming to job relocation and not being able to take it along. From the elderly, sadly, not having a plan if they are admitted to a hospital or nursing home, or if they should die before their pet, leaves pets, many of them seniors themselves, with nowhere to go. In fact, she wishes there were more

people willing to adopt a senior dog. One of the stipulations of adopting through Hands of Hope is the pets come back to them if for some reason their family can’t continue to provide a home. They also need adequate veterinary care. “Dogs are like kids,” she said. “ When they are sick, they need to go to the doctor. Many people say they want a cheap pet, but they have to understand that while the up-front costs may not be high, the cost of veterinary care will be ongoing for the life of the pet.” Good food is another need, and one families need to consider when they’re choosing a pet. “Good food is good health for dogs as with people,” she said. She takes care to make sure her dogs get the best nutrition she can afford to give them. But the most important gift an owner can give their pet is time. That means time inside, being part of the family. “We will not adopt out a dog to live outside,” she said. “Dogs are pack animals. You can’t put them in the backyard and see them once a day. They need to live as a family member.”


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