the love of my life my senior dog Red

Life After Red

You never know how you’re going to grieve, or what you’ll find the hardest to cope with, until that time when you say goodbye.

I knew Red’s time with me was drawing to a close, and I used to think about what life would be like without her.

Having spent almost every moment of the past 9 years with her (except for when I was on vacation), I couldn’t imagine a life that didn’t include her.… Read full post

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Saying Goodbye to My Sweet Girl Red

One week ago today, on May 18, 2018 at just after 11:00am UK time, I said goodbye to my sweet girl Red.

This is not easy for me to write, especially because I never discuss my feelings, but it’s spilling out of me and I can’t stop it.

What inspired me?… Read full post

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Dog Memorial jewelry

I think dog memorial jewelry is a beautiful way to honour the memory of a much loved companion. The other day I was doing a search for something unrelated, and came across a necklace with a beautiful inscription “A piece of my heart lives in heaven.” I was inspired to tell my story about how a piece of jewelry helped me.  … Read full post

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End of Life Care – A Veterinarian’s Perspective

I have been practicing veterinary medicine for over three decades.  The advancements in diagnostic testing and treatment options that I have seen developed for companion animals has truly been amazing.  Unfortunately we often still will reach a point where further intervention does not benefit the pet and at that time, it becomes the veterinarian’s job to counsel the family as to their options and prevent suffering of their patient. … Read full post

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How to Care For Yourself While Caring For a Sick Dog

Since starting my Facebook group Senior Dog Care Club, I’ve had the pleasure, and honour, to meet an amazing group of parents taking incredible care of their senior dogs.    

At the same time I’ve read lots of accounts of those who are caring for very sick dogs and these members are stressed, anxious, sad, confused, heartbroken, sleep deprived… Some find themselves yelling at their dogs, then living with the guilt afterwards.… Read full post

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Saying Goodbye to Your Dog…Will You Be There?

 

I know what a tough prospect saying goodbye to your dog is, something we avoid thinking about as much as we possibly can. Having said that it is important to find the strength to give it some thought, particularly when it comes to deciding whether or not you will be with him or her when it’s time.… Read full post

saying goodbye to your dog

When Is It Time to Let Your Dog Go

Sometimes the answer to that question is very clear cut. You’ve seen how your dog has been behaving, you’ve gotten the test results back and there’s nothing else to be done. The only kind thing to do is to let him go, and as devastating as it is, allowing our dogs to suffer is never an option.… Read full post

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What is Hospice Care For Dogs

You’re familiar with hospice care as it applies to humans, but what is hospice care for dogs?

“Simply put, hospice care focuses on providing the best quality of life possible for a pet with a terminal disease or condition until the pet dies or is euthanized.” This is a snippet of a longer definition provided by The American Veterinary Medical Association.    … Read full post

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Pet Memorial Stones

Pet memorial stones are a beautiful way to pay tribute to the beloved companions we have lost.

I feel so helpless when it’s time to say goodbye. Everything I could have done was done, and I have to figure out how to adapt without my constant companion. Finding a way to honour the memory helps me cope.… Read full post