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Ordering the 2016 Caring Canines Calendar

Purchasing the AMDA Foundation's Caring Canines Calendar is a great way to help support our mission and celebrate the positive impact that Caring Canines make in the lives of long term care facility residents.

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2016 Caring Canines Calendar Preview

The following preview images are representative pages from the 2016 Caring Canines Calendar.


  • Ordering is easy and at $16.95 each, it is the perfect holiday gift for colleagues, family, and friends. In addition to the convenience of ordering online, there is a discount when you purchase multiple copies. The more you order, the bigger the discount!
  • Order Your 2016 Caring Canines Calendar Now and Support AMDA Foundation Education and Research Programs.

About the Caring Canines Calendar

Pets--including dogs--have been visiting nursing facilities and other health care settings for many years. Over time, these visits have made such a difference in the lives of patients that an actual field of study—animal-assisted therapy—has evolved. Research studies have documented the many benefits of this for elders and others.

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Four Things I Learned from My Stay in Assisted Living

My name is Bongo, and I recently spent several days in an assisted living community with my mom, who was visiting her mom, a resident there. The community, located in North Carolina, allows residents to keep pets as long as they are able to care for them. Several residents have cats, and some have dogs (mostly small dogs, probably because they require less exercise and are physically easier to manage). During my stay, I walked around with my mom; and we met several of the residents. Through these interactions, I learned four key things about people in LTC settings:

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The Practitioner and the Parrot

Birds of a feather not only flock together; but in the case of Eric Tangalos, MD, CMD, and Sam B. the parrot, they also make rounds together. Sam B. and Dr. Tangalos "worked" together at Bethany Nursing Home about 15 years ago. "He would sit on my shoulder and let the wind blow in his face with outstretched wings as we moved along," said Dr. Tangalos. He added, "He had a penchant to pull out pens from my pocket, so patients thought he was assisting me." Sam also had quite a set of pipes on him. As Dr. Tangalos noted, "Even our deaf patients could 'hear' the vibrations from his squawk."

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