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
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
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
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
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
Did you just say wearable pet urns?
You heard, or should I say read, correctly. I recently wrote about pet urns, and I know what a tough topic it is to think about. For those of us who like to keep our pets with us, we don’t have much choice I’m afraid.… Read full post
I know any conversation relating to the loss of a pet is a tough one to have, and talking about pet urns doesn’t make it any easier.
I will never forget the first time I had to say goodbye to a pet. Her name was Calypso, and she was 3 weeks old when I found her in a pile of garbage on my way home from work.… Read full post
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 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
It’s hard enough for us to cope
, imagine explaining the loss of a pet
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
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