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Below are some of the most frequent questions we get at www.deathofmypet.com We will go over the answers to these questions about pet loss and how it affects those of us who are are suffering.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PET LOSS
& THE GRIEF OF LOSING A BEST FRIEND.
How is it possible that I am sadder with the loss of my dog than with the loss of close family members?
For many people the love and companionship of a pet may be the only or certainly the strongest bond of unconditional love they have experienced. It is also possible, like many of my clients, which you have been strong and practical while caring for ailing parents or friends. But suddenly, your best friend and closest companion is dying and it is the last straw on a pile of buried emotions. It may be that your pet was your “safe place to go and soft spot to land.”
2. I feel like I am going crazy. Am I ever going to feel normal again?
Yes, you will feel emotionally better but different than before. You will eventually remember and rejoice in the many happy times you had with your pet. You will be able to reflect on the many life lessons you shared.
3. How long will I grieve my pet?
All of our emotions are individual. When we love deeply, we grieve deeply. Grief coaches often say that it takes about a year before your loss is the first thing you think of in the morning and the last thing you think about at night.
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12 year old Abbi has raised over 30,000 dollars for her local shelter. You will meet her, and Officer Britany Pasquale from the Tracy Animal Control will tell us how Abbi and other children are making a difference.
Gizmo and Jen will give us their update, and the founder of Bow Wow Camp will give us some dog training tips.
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When Anne Kaier stopped her car on a busy road to tend to an injured cat, she had no idea how that decision would change her life. Home with Henry: A Memoir (PS Books, $15), tells the story of the slow process of domesticating Henry, the strange urban dwelling that became his home, and the bond that ultimately developed between Henry and his new human companion.
Home with Henry relates the journey Kaier and Henry take together—Kaier giving him the space and time to settle in, little by little enticing him from his hiding spot under the guest bed, introducing him to her beloved resident calico, Lucille, and finally allowing him free reign of her backyard garden. Witty and insightful, the book offers readers practical tips and suggestions about how to introduce new cats, rescue or not, to a home. It also highlights the true joy of pet ownership and the rich companionship pets can offer.
Other guests yet to be announced
This week we honor our friend Gizmo, first with a live report from Gizmo and then a review of all of Gizmos appearances on Pet Radio including Gizmo and Jen's first appearance. Kick back and relax and listen to the adventures of the cutest therapy dog and how he brightens our world.
Dr. Carolyn Shadle is an author, speaker, and trainer in interpersonal and organizational communication. She specializes in helping people listen empathetically. This is especially important when pet owners are experiencing stress related to the well being of their pet or are grieving because of the loss of a pet.
Carolyn earned her PhD. in Communication for the State University of New York at Buffalo and offers her services through her non-profit eductional corporation, Interpersonal Communication Services Inc.
She is qualified to assist individuals and businesses that wish to enjoy positive people experiences. This means finding the magic that happens when people skills are added to the technical know-how. She enjoys working with individuals who wish to enhace their interpersonal and organizational communication skills.
Through public speaking, training workshops, and writing, she addresses the elements that help professionals improve client engagement and team interaction. She works extensively with veterinarians, pet owners, and pet-related businesses.
Questions Carolyn will be asked:
1.How did you develop an interest in communication?
2.What kinds of audiences have you addressed in your writing and training?
3.What are the special needs of veterinarians and others in the pet industry with regard to communication?
4.What is the format of your training?
5.How long is a typical communication worskshop?
6.Where should one go to find your writings or schedule training?
For more information, click here.
Judy Helm Wright
Gizmo returns with his report and introduces us to Miss Hockanum Valley of the Miss America Organization, Pippa Leigh. A new friend to Pet Radio, professional dog trainer and co-founder of the online dog trainning seminars, Wagfield Academy, Lisa Gunter gives us tips on how to enrich your dogs llife during the fall and winter when spending quality time outside is not practical.
You will also hear about the high quality dog foods from Solid Gold and Nutro.
Join us for all the fun!
Questions to be answered:
1. What is Pawbituary.com? What does the site offer?
2. How did you come up with Pawbituary?
3. Why is it important that we memorialize our pets in some way?
4. Do you have any tips for pet lovers who are mourning the loss of their pet?
5. What is your long term mission for Pawbituary.com?
6. Where can our viewers access Pawbituary?
Ways to get in touch with Margot:
Create your FREE Pawbituary Memorial Website at http://pawbituary.com/create
The Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats socialized feral cats and kittens for adoption: taming the untamable. You will hear all about how they do this and how they are helping to end the problem. Also joining us is Paddington the hiking cat.
Harley is on a mission to educate about puppy mills and to put an end to the commercial dog breeding industry. He recently became the American Humane Association's 2015 "American Hero Dog". Join Harley's parents, Dan & Rudi Taylor on our show LIVE, and feel free to call in and ask our guests questions!
You will also learn about PickaPoo and 800petmeds.
Buzz the Fuzz is a 20 pound six year old ragdoll who was rescued from a tough living situation, and is now working as a therapy cat visiting hospitals in New York. You will hear the whole story of Buzz including his rescue and his new and foreever home.
Also joining us is Pet Tree Houses, the indoor cat tree that looks like a real tree! Healthycoat, a dog food suppliment and hairball preventative for cats is also here to speak to us.
We have two special guests this week with great stories. First Chopper served duty as a Navy Seal dog on the battlefield, sniffing out bombs and saving lives, and returned home with his handler to work as a therapy dog to help him ajust to civilian life. The story is being told this month in a film on the Smithsonian channel. Trevor Maroshek, Founder of the Navy Seal Dog Foundation will share the story of his film and dog Chopper, as well as how he finds service dogs for veterans.
Lori Hensley is the Director of Operations for the Coalition to Unchain Dogs in North Carolina, which helps convince people to get their dogs off chains by building them fences, helping with food and vet bills. Keeping dogs on chains 24/7 is a wide practice in the South, and Lori tells us how she is changing the mind of people by offering a solution not judgement. She was recently given an award by the ASPCA in recognition of her work.
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There are very distinct, yet overlapping, phases of grief. We go through the stages in various orders and in varying degrees on the road to recovering from any loss. If we lose a jacket at the ballpark, we may go through all the stages in a few minutes. If the jacket was one that was given to us by our brother on our birthday, it may take much more time.
If the animal was a family pet and stayed outside, it may not hit us as hard as if he were our own companion and greeted us each night when we came in the door. If your pet was a companion and best friend, the mourning will be a deep one.
1. Shock/Denial/Numbness. We can not believe this has happened to us. Our body and emotions numb themselves against the pain. The mind denies the loss. Often we will say things like "This can't be true." One of the valid reasos for memorials and funerals is to acknowledge that death did take place.
2. Fear/AngerDepression. After the numbness wears off and we are once again able to feel, then all of our repressed feelings come roaring back. Sometimes these feeling ared not rational at first and can seedk someone to blame, either an outsider or ourselves. "I can't share how sad I am about my dog, because my co-workers will think I am crazy." "But, on the other hand, I inquire about their child's cold and buy their stupid Girl Scout cookies to support them. It isn't fair!" "Oh God, please don't let me start crying at work again. I heard someone call me a drama queen and say; It's only a dog, not a child."
3. Understanding/Acceptance/Moving on.
4. New Hurts May Trigger Old Wounds.
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