Monday, January 5, 2015

"Sniffing out Cancer" - Bookmarked in Anticipation

A film to bookmark for 2015. Sniffing Out Cancer.

Overview: over a decade ago, Dina Zaphiris began to train and research with her dogs in cancer detection. Results show her dogs can indeed detect cancer on human breath and in urine, even at Insitu, the earliest stage. Accuracy rate: 98%  Funding Video.

Fabulous! Engaging dogs to sniff out disease. Uniquely qualified for the endeavor, their scent sleuthing abilities are extraordinary. I'll post a date for the Conscious Living interview when the film is ready for release.

* "Currently, there are approximately 317 million people in the United States. There are approximately 83 million dogs; less than 50 of them have received training to detect cancer." Source.

Dummies/Dogs says, when it comes to scent receptors, humans possess about 5 million. In comparison, a Bloodhound has 300 million. In other words, we are limited to the Cliff's Notes version in smell awareness while dogs can access an entire library and then some. More insight into that wonderful ability is available through the NOVA feature: Dogs' Dazzling Sense of Smell.

Highlights from Dummies/Dogs:

* "Your dog's nose has a pattern of ridges and dimples that, in combination with the outline of its nostril openings, make up a nose print believed to be as individual and unique as a human being's fingerprints."

* "A dog's brain is also specialized for identifying scents. The percentage of the dog's brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is actually 40 times larger than that of a human! It's been estimated that dogs can identify smells somewhere between 1,000 to 10,000 times better than nasally challenged humans can."  - Source -

I discovered the Sniffing Out Cancer film, currently a work in process, through Kim Saavedra, one of my contacts for my Conscious Living Program and immediately wanted to follow up and share the content. Kim has had her own challenge with Cancer and is featured in a promo for the Documentary.

This film promises to bring awareness (and hopefully, wider development and incorporation) of this effective and non-invasive technique to help improve our ability to offer earlier medical support and proactive treatment for a disease where time is a crucial element in determining strategy and methods for successful recovery.

If smell is a factor in detection, who better to rely on than the experts in the field of scentology?

Our undying gratitude we own them for this service, combined with recognition for outstanding past performance in life-saving skills demonstrated on behalf of their human companions. There is no pedestal high enough for hu/man's best friend/s.

Film Producer: Adriana LaCorte
Sniffing Out Cancer
Sniffing out Cancer on Facebook
Insitu -
Pine Street Foundation Canine Cancer Research
Dog Diagnoses Cancer story from 2008

For more interesting notes regarding Dogs and their incredible noses read: 7 Amazing Facts on Dogster

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Soaring into the New Year -- Whisper in flight

On the bat's back I do fly
After summer merrily.

- William Shakespeare, "The Tempest"

1,673,975 views on YouTube since May, Whisper is one of the top pet stars of 2014.
Her air buddy is Dean Potter, rock climber, high-liner and wingsuit flyer.

What is so incredible about this whole adventure scene is the absolute calm in the dog. Whisper is geared up and ready to fly and when they soar, it seems she really enjoys her hang time. 

Whisper Bio - from the home page for Dean Potter:

Whisper’s a beautiful lil’ 22-pound mini-Queensland Heeler. By age four, she’s starred in multiple films including When Dogs Fly, The Man Who can Fly (National Geographic) and Moonwalk. Known for her telegenic beauty and adventurous spirit, Whisper was recently voted “Best Climber Dog on Instagram” by Climbing Magazine.

More about Whisper in this Mother Jones feature

Read Outside and find out what Potter has to say to his critics who worry about the safety of the dog.

And go to the source for a peek at his bio and his timeline where he notes being cured of a fear of heights in 1977:
"Climbing to the top his house in Bethany, Israel Dean falls and hits his forehead on the rock patio below. Bedouin woman encircle him, chanting a mystical song, and throw salt on the blood to cast away evil spirits. Dean’s fear of heights vanishes and never returns." 

Intriguing to say the least. No doubt Whisper is riding tandem for a life of extraordinary adventure.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Life saving images - Selfie by Proxy

The list of adoptable shelter pets is overwhelming and compounding. What to do to improve adoption rates? It can be as simple as giving the pet a good opportunity to be seen in her or his best light. Enter HeARTs Speak.

HeARTs Speak Perfect Exposure Project from HeARTs Speak on Vimeo.

Suggestion for a Christmas gift to a local animal shelter from Secret Santa:

Option A: Session with Photographer for each and every pet.

Option B: Digital Camera.  

No pet left behind.
"All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it."
~ Samuel Butler