For young children fighting serious illnesses and practically living in a hospital, life can be very ruff, er, rough. Studies show interacting with animals boosts spirits and helps patients heal. Now Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is building a Family Pet Center to reunite long-term patients with the own pets.
The hospital says it is the first pediatric hospital in the country to build such a facility.
On the eve of the Westminster Dog Show, everyone believes their dog is smart and you may think yours is the smartest ever. Either way, there is no denying the research that dogs do have an innate intelligence. One man has centered his professional life on researching the intelligence of dogs, and he joins Thane Maynard on the phone. Brian Hare is a professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, where he founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center. He’s on the phone to discuss his latest book, The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think.
John Preston Smith has been a dog trainer and handler for almost 50 years and has written two books: The Bog, a sort of fantasy dog tale; and 14,000 Dogs Later, about his long career. He’s with our Robyn Carey-Allgeyer to talk about his fascinating career and his writings.