How These Individuals are Changing the World for the Human-Animal Bond

Have you ever had an experience so memorable that it changed your entire life?

Have you been so impacted by the human-animal bond that you thought about starting a new chapter in your life?

Introducing two wonderful people that I met at BlogPaws 2015 in Nashville, TN:  Buzz Miller (PACT founder) and Christina Lisk (author and avid cat-lover).  I met Christina during one of the lectures, where I easily spotted her in her cat ears headband and animal-print clothing.  I noted to myself - "I must talk to her!".  A few hours later, I so happened to sit next to Buzz during lunch, where we had a uplifting and enlightening conversation.  Both of these lovely people agreed to be interviewed to highlight how their life has been drastically improved by the human-animal bond.  Full interview of each person is in audio format in links below.

PACT stands for People plus Animals Equals Companions Together (how awesome is that?!).   PACT has a network of long-term animal foster families whose humans are serving a military tour, a long-term patient in a hospital or even those who are homeless.  They do AMAZING work in this organization!

On the left, Buzz Miller and Judy are posing with a dog (formerly in the care of Michael Vick) who was rehabbed.  On the right, Christina Lisk is posing with one of the cats from PACT.

Christina Lisk on How Cats Changed Her Life (and Her Hearing):

(I’ve had) a life of chronic ear infections (I started out as being half-deaf). I’ve had so much trouble with them (ears) since I was 6 months old. They put me into 10 surgeries over the course of my life time, (and) there were times when the infections were so bad I couldn’t hear a cat purr... That changed when I was 12, when I had ear drum repair surgery...the one (sound) that struck me the most was hearing Greta’s purr for the first time...They (cats) have always been my touchstone. Anytime my world is spinning out of control, if there is a cat around, I am instantly grounded.
— Christina Lisk, Author at PACT
I came to work with a migraine...Baby (cat) jumped up on the back of my chair and instantly held his head to my chest...the pain went away. ...Changes in blood pressure can contribute to migraine headaches, and cat purrs actually lower blood pressure.
— Christina Lisk, Author at PACT
They (cats) provide therapy for me. The cats...comfort me the whole time...I thought...’I don’t know what I would do without you (Lucas, the cat).’
— Christina Lisk, Author at PACT
Buzz and a PACT family

Buzz and a PACT family

Buzz on How it All Started:

‘We are going to Afghanistan or we are going to the middle east... We have no one we know among relatives, family and friends who will take care of this animal for a year.’

I said to myself...I can’t believe young people are going to horrible places...they are risking their lives...and they have to give up an animal that these people truly truly love as a member of the family. I can’t believe...there are not provisions to help these young people...
— Buzz Miller, Founder of PACT

Buzz on the Human-Animal Bond with his Cat:

We had lost one of my favorite dogs of all time at 19 1/2... About 6 months later, I was sitting in the den with a couple cats...(I said to my wife) ‘It really bothers me, that he (my dog) slept on my bed for years, and now...I don’t have that dog touching me (anymore)’... It shocked me unbelievably (because) from that night on, until this cat went to heaven...he got in the bed and crawled up into my arms every night (from then on until his death)... He obviously picked up on something (I) said.”
— Buzz Miller, Founder of PACT

Buzz on Where PACT is Going:

In five years, I’d like to have a satellite in every major city... The first need is to enable the rest of the country (to know) that we will put (your animals) into long-term foster for a couple months up to a year.
— Buzz Miller, Founder of PACT

If you'd like a warm and fuzzy feeling, just watch this video below where a soldier is welcomed home by her cats.