They’re more than just pets; more often than not, they’re members of your family who’ve stuck by you through thick and thin. And now they’re growing old and/or becoming infirm so they deserve much more care than ever before. Continue reading
Posted in Aging Pet, Pet Care, pet death, Pet Loss, Uncategorized
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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
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Tagged dog loss, Dr. Julie Reck, Facing Farewell, home euthanasia, Home Farewell, how to grieve the loss of a pet, pet death, pet euthanasia, pet grief counseling, pet loss grief, Pet Sympathy, Soft-Hearted Products
A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery when suddenly it occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for some time also.
After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked as though it were paved with pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.
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Benny Man was our first rescue dog. He came to us from a breeder whose life had become more complicated and she could no longer care for him the way she should have. He wasn’t for sale but when my husband and I met him and saw his condition we made her a very generous offer and she, knowing that she had over-used him as a stud and wasn’t giving him the care that he needed, happily accepted our offer. Benny was seven years old, deaf and emmaciated from a flea infestation which had compounded into a tape worm. Our veterinarian was shocked by his condition and was able to remove many teeth which had caused the ear infections and, after months of tender loving care, Benny was once again able to hear and, to our surprise, had a beautiful white coat! We had thought that Benny Man was a cream colored dog but he had lived around so much cigarette smoke that his coat had become discolored and dull.
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