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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

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The Loss of a Pet: Will You Be There at The End?

When the time has come and you’re about to experience the loss of a pet, will you be there at the end?

No matter how long it’s been since you said goodbye to your last furry family member, it’s always heart wrenching, and you never forget that feeling.

I stay

I have always been there (except once which I’ll explain further down), and will continue to be there as long as I’m able, because I have no doubt it is the right decision for me.… Read full post

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Explaining the Loss of a Pet to Children

It’s hard enough for us to cope, imagine explaining the loss of a pet to children.

Sadly it’s one of those things in life that are inevitable. Of course it’s to be dreaded, but if handled properly, it will serve as an important lesson in loss, love, life and compassion.… Read full post

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The Loss of a Pet

It’s not a topic anyone wants to talk about, I know I don’t, but the loss of a pet is an inevitable part of sharing our lives with them.

Like you, I have said goodbye too many times. You never get used to it, and it never gets easier. Nothing prepares you for the moment the vet walks in with that euthanasia paper, requiring your signature that will force you apart.… Read full post

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Coping With the Loss of a Pet

I know how impossible it can be, coping with the loss of a pet.

You want to lie in bed and cry. Well, why not? I’ve done it, and it’s certainly better to cry it out to release your grief, then to keep it bottled up.

Just please make sure you don’t get lost in it.… Read full post

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How To Cope With Losing a Dog

How to cope with losing a dog.

Feeling sad and grieving over the loss of an animal companion is normal, so don’t let anyone make you feel like it isn’t.

As much as we would like to avoid experiencing the heartbreak, the truth is – we can’t feel better if we don’t allow ourselves to first feel bad.… Read full post

14 Ways to Honour the Memory of Your Pet

Pet Memorial Ideas

In memory of my puppy mill rescue Saffy, who knew only a brief moment of peace In this post I will be listing a variety of pet memorial ideas, as a way to honour our animal companions.

Creating a memorial to honour an animal companion, can be a very effective way to help cope with the loss.… Read full post