DOG & PONY SHOWS: Kim Wolf on The Therapeutic Power of Pets (2/6)

KimWolfFeaturedPhotoEven though I’m from a cat-owning family, I fell in love at first post with Beyond Breed founder Kim Wolf’s Dogs of New York page. What makes Wolf’s blog so great, is that she not only brings awareness to these dogs as characters, but to the people at the other end of their leashes, which represent such powerful literal and emotional bonds. The ultimate goal of her non-profit, Beyond Breed–to bring relief not only to the diverse animals of NYC, but to the diverse humans responsible for them too. We selected Kim Wolfe to be a Featured Creative for this “Dog & Pony Shows” themed month out of our enormous appreciation for all she is doing to creatively communicate and address the concerns of the canine community of NYC.
~Kim Kaletsky, Ideablog Managing Editor

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We’ve talked to nearly 600 New York City dog owners through our project, “Dogs of New York.” Some trends have emerged in the process.

Over and over, we hear stories about the therapeutic power of dogs to make us happier human beings, especially in our time of need.

Here are 8 examples that stood out.

“Neezy,” Brooklyn, Brownville

“I had a Lhasa Apso for 18 years. Last month we had to say goodbye to him. Neezy is helping my wife and I with the transition. Right now I’m helping him get used to new sights and sounds.”

“I had a Lhasa Apso for 18 years. Last month we had to say goodbye to him. Neezy is helping my wife and I with the transition. Right now I’m helping him get used to new sights and sounds.”

“Snow White,” Bronx, Parkchester

“When I found her, she was so skinny. Her ribs were like a piano. I had just lost a baby, so I decided to be her rescue. She’s deaf, so I use hand signs like this.”

“When I found her, she was so skinny. Her ribs were like a piano. I had just lost a baby, so I decided to be her rescue. She’s deaf, so I use hand signs like this.”

“Shaniya,” Brooklyn, East Flatbush

“A few years ago, I met a woman who was giving away her dog. At the time, I had another dog who was 21 years old. She looked just like the dog this woman was giving away, so I decided to take her. That dog was Shaniya. Three days after I got her, my old dog passed away. It was like God knew it was going to happen, so he sent Shaniya to me at just the right moment. She was like a bridge. I still cry thinking about my old dog, but Shaniya helps with the pain.”

“A few years ago, I met a woman who was giving away her dog. At the time, I had another dog who was 21 years old. She looked just like the dog this woman was giving away, so I decided to take her. That dog was Shaniya. Three days after I got her, my old dog passed away. It was like God knew it was going to happen, so he sent Shaniya to me at just the right moment. She was like a bridge. I still cry thinking about my old dog, but Shaniya helps with the pain.”

“Sookie,” Manhattan, Union Square

“I adopted her from a woman who couldn’t keep her anymore. Sookie is my best friend. Sometimes people give me grief because I don’t have a permanent home right now. But we’re together 24/7. She has a great life. And she makes mine better, too.”

“I adopted her from a woman who couldn’t keep her anymore. Sookie is my best friend. Sometimes people give me grief because I don’t have a permanent home right now. But we’re together 24/7. She has a great life. And she makes mine better, too.”

“Meister,” Brooklyn, East New York

“He’s a healing dog. Whenever you’re feeling low, he makes you feel better.”

“He’s a healing dog. Whenever you’re feeling low, he makes you feel better.”

“Lite,” Queens, South Jamaica

“They gave him to me when my daughter died of cancer in 2010, to help me heal.”

“They gave him to me when my daughter died of cancer in 2010, to help me heal.”

“Lucy,” Manhattan, Upper East Side

“My last dog, Rose, lived to be 16. When she passed, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be ready to get another dog. But then I heard about Lucy, who was a rescue dog needing a home. I think Rose brought her to me.”

“My last dog, Rose, lived to be 16. When she passed, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be ready to get another dog. But then I heard about Lucy, who was a rescue dog needing a home. I think Rose brought her to me.”

“Zeus,” Brooklyn, Bushwick

“These dogs, they’re like babies. They’re like kids. And at the end of a hard day, you come home and they put their head on your lap, and everything is okay.”

“These dogs, they’re like babies. They’re like kids. And at the end of a hard day, you come home and they put their head on your lap, and everything is okay.”

This article was originally published here.

See more of Kim’s Featured Creative posts on our Ideablog

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~~~Kim Wolf is the Founder & Executive Director of Beyond Breed. She has worked in the animal welfare field since 2008, including positions at the Pennsylvania SPCA, Animal Farm Foundation, and Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Kim has been a frequent speaker at animal welfare conferences, including: Humane Society of the United States “Expo,” Best Friends “No More Homeless Pets,” Purina/Petfinder “Adoption Options,” Michigan Pet Fund Alliance “Michigan No Kill Conference,” Animal Welfare Foundation of New Jersey “Annual Workshop,” and others. Kim’s career also includes more than 7 years as a social worker for older or at-risk individuals in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Philadelphia. Kim has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Anthropology from Colgate University and completed graduate-level coursework in social work, gerontology, and non-profit management.

Kim lives in Brooklyn with her 3 adopted dogs. You can reach her at kim[at]beyondbreed.com or (917) 386-7965.

 

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