THE 4-LEGGED HEROES OF GROUND ZERO Honoring the Canines of 9/11 In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets to clear rubble, offer supplies, and search for survivors. It was a powerful act of resilience in a deeply trying time, and while most of the individuals helping with the disaster stood on two feet, more than 300 canines also answered the call to service. Dogs of all breeds and backgrounds, including search and rescue dogs, police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs, were brought in to help find and care for survivors in the wake of the destruction. They worked tirelessly alongside rescue crews as they searched through the debris. Search and rescue dogs and their handlers worked 12–16-hour days, searching for survivors and victims. They worked through dangerous conditions: Many dogs burned their paws as they dug through hot rubble, and both handlers and canines inhaled toxic dust. The task was both physically and mentally exhausting for the dogs during their shifts. Some dogs that found deceased victims refused to eat or interact with other animals. Search and rescue dogs became increasingly stressed and depressed the longer they searched without any results, mirroring their handlers. It wasn’t uncommon for handlers to stage mock “findings” of survivors to keep the dogs’ spirits up. Fortunately, the sacrifices these dogs and their handlers made did not go unnoticed. Many dog owners were inspired to earn their search and rescue certifications after the events of 9/11, promising to aid in future disasters and hopefully lessen the impact of such catastrophes. After 9/11, various researchers conducted many studies examining the effect this kind of work has on animals, both physically and mentally. Many of these studies wouldn’t be possible without the AKC Canine Health Foundation, so if you’re looking to give back this September, visit them at their website to see how you can help: AKCCHF.org .
WHEN LIFE BECOMES A JUGGLING ACT Tools for Effective Time Management
Get to Know Stephanie! Stephanie Hunt is the intake specialist at Rinehardt Law Firm’s Mansfield office. Stephanie describes her job at Rinehardt Law as “challenging, rewarding, and invigorating.” Growing up, Stephanie traveled all over the U.S. with her family and has lived in Oklahoma, Florida, and Ohio. Eventually, she landed at Madison Comprehensive High School as a Ramette. This is also where she met her husband, Sean. She and Sean still call Mansfield home and reside here with their two daughters. Stephanie shares her love of traveling with her family, and they take two trips to new places every year. She says that her favorite place (so far) is Guatemala, where her family went on a mission trip in 2014. There, she and her husband renewed their vows on their 20th wedding anniversary at an estate overlooking the city where they were staying. Stephanie says of the trip, “The city is surrounded by gorgeous volcanic mountains. There is no where else in the world quite like it!” Most of the time, Stephanie’s family is so busy between sports, school, and work that they’re grateful for the down time they get to spend together. They make time intentionally for this. Stephanie is continuously thankful Although we all get the same 24 hours in a day, it seems like some people accomplish so much in those hours. Time management is the process of planning how much time to spend on specific activities, and, when done correctly, efficient time management enables us to accomplish more, lowering stress levels and allowing us to succeed in our careers, scholastic endeavors, and personal lives. Here are some tips for managing your time. Create SMART goals . Used in schools, “SMART” goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. For example, you set a goal to complete four work tasks in two hours. It’s specific: you know exactly what you want to accomplish; measurable: you either get it done or you don’t; attainable: you can reasonably accomplish this; relevant: it needs to get done; and timely: you set a specific time frame. EMPLOYEE S
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