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How Can Anyone Really Know It Is Time? by Dr. Julie Reck

As a veterinarion running a mobile vet practice dedicated to providing a compassionate home euthanasia service, I face this question at least 5 times a day and sometimes I internally ask myself this throughout the day.  I recently published a book called “Facing Farewell” to help people find the answer to this question.  In the book, pet owners learn how animals perceive life and death, how to measure quality of life, and the process of the euthanasia procedure.  This is all very important information for anyone faced with making end of life decisions for their pet, but in this blog I would like to try to tackle this question on a more personal level. Continue reading


A Dog Named “Beau”

A bereaved young woman called me the other day to order one of our Soft-Hearted Pillow Pet Urns for her newly departed very best buddy, Beau.  As is usually the case,  she and I barely made it through the conversation in one piece.   Later she sent me a beautiful tribute she had created for her friend, Beau, which included a cute photograph of her buddy along with the poem, “Beau”, written by Jimmy Stewart.
I was reminded of the night that Jimmy Stewart read that poem on the Johnny Carson Show; I think there wasn’t a dry eye in the nation that night or around the water cooler the next day. 

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“Here Lizard, Lizard, Lizard” by Etta McCadden

It is always sad when a “Cultural Icon” passes, I’m not talking about the Michael Jackson’s or the Elvis Presley’s.  I’m referring to the subtle everyday heroes who have touched our lives with catch phrases that will live forever in our hearts.           

Billy Mays, Morris the Cat, Clara Pella (Where’s the beef) and now Gidget of “Yo Quiero Taco Bell!” fame.  How do you not fall in love with a face as beautiful as this sweet dog? As you ooh and aah at the sight of a Chihuahua’s enticing eyes, you then have to fall down laughing when Gidget opens her mouth and in an authoritative voice says “Yo Quiero Taco Bell”.        

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