12/17/14 4:30pm

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You know that warm fuzzy feeling you get after finding someone the perfect gift, helping an older person cross the street or, say, rescuing a wide-eyed kitten from a tight spot?

It’s more than a warming of the heart — it’s your brain’s way of rewarding you for doing something good, said Stephen Post, director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. (more…)

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12/17/14 10:25am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | New legislation is afoot to protect pets from unnecessary piercings and taggings.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | New legislation is afoot to protect pets from unnecessary piercings and taggings.

Increased protection by the state for pets might be in the cards.

State Senator Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) has co-sponsored legislation that would prohibit “the unnecessary piercing and tattooing of cats, dogs, and all other pets for purely cosmetic purposes for the pleasure of the owner, except under limited circumstances,” according to Mr. LaValle’s office. (more…)