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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.
More questions answered on call. Join us
Six-Figure Pet Sitting
Have you ever thought about working as a pet sitter? Perhaps you are already in the field and want to learn how to make your business even better.
Kristin Morrison, owner of Six-Figure Pet Sitting Academy and Dog Talk host, Michelle Huntting will be discussing how to create and grow your pet sitting business from an entirely new perspective. Kristin will share ideas of how to start a pet sitting business and how to create a pet business that works for your lifestyle and that meets your financial goals.
Kristin Morrison is a business coach for pet sitters and dog walkers as well as the owner of a large pet sitting and dog walking business.
Once a month animal communicator, Mary Stoffel, gives insights into the relationships that our animals have with us, and with each other. Join her and her guest Barb Harding as they talk about the business of Pet Sitting. Barb is the owner of Hobby Farm and Critter Care and comes to the home to care for pets while their people are gone.
Hear all about:
What are the details of pet sitting
How can people decide to hire a pet sitter instead of boarding the animal
What are the problems a pet sitter can run into
Do you need special training or certification to be a pet sitter
What can the owner do to make things easier for the animals and the sitter
Mary Stoffel has been a professional animal communicator for 20 years. She does telephone and in-person consultations at many dog shows and expos, and teaches classes in how to do animal communication. Her mission is to promote understanding between people and their animals. She is an Avatar® Master and has a holistic healing practice using shamanic healing, essential oils and energy healing. Website: www.humanimal.com
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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.
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!
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.
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.
Tracie Hotchner joins us to talk about the Dog Film Festival, and Amanda and her dog Keller are here to talk about a breeding practice called Merle. They are beautiful looking dogs, but breeding two merles together creates genetic problems such as blindness and deafness. Learn more about these dogs and the breeding.
Today is the last show for the miniseries How to Deal With the Death of a Beloved pet. The following topics will be addressed during todays show:
Clear mind, caring heart
What are your inner resources
Volunteer and give service
Asking for and being open to support
When to get a new pet
This is the final week of this miniseries. If you have found this information helpful or wish to know more go to www.deathofmypet.com for more info
If you have a story that you wish to share send it to Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org with PET STORY in the subject line.
Todays show will be on helping the hurting and what can be done to help others. The following topics will be discussed:
Pet loss and children
Pet loss and the elderly
Service and companion animals
Expressing sympathy to others
Memorial options, tributes & rituals to remember
How sharing stories helps us heal
Death is a tough subject to explain especially to children. Judy Helm Wright can help parents explain the death of a family pet to a child. This is week five of 6 of the series How to Deal with the Loss of a Beloved Pet. Be sure to continue listening for more useful insights on How to Deal with the Loss of a Beloved Pet.
If you have a story you would like to share send it to email@example.com with PET STORY in the subject line.
Jen and Gizmo return for the Gizmo report, and Ricochet the Surf Dog and his Mom Judy will be here to share with us some special news, and Tera McCurry from Doggie Protective Services in Ventura County California will tell us how they saved 10 unweened puppies!
They are cute, cuddly and full of love that can change our lives and the people around us. Help us celebrate the lives of our four legged friends.
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Just like so many pet owners, Susan Thixton learned the 'truth' about pet foods the hard way. Her four legged best friend, Sam, died from bone cancer. From that day forward, Susan studied the pet food industry. TruthaboutPetFood.com began in 2004; today pet owners from all over the world visit TruthaboutPetFood learning about pet food regulations, ingredients, and recall alerts. TruthaboutPetFood.com provides a free newsletter and hosts a subscription based pet product review publication Petsumer Report. Susan is also the author of Buyer Beware and co-author of Dinner PAWsible.
TruthaboutPetFood.com's author is a founding partner of the international pet food consumer association -Association for Truth in Pet Food. Through our consumer association, Susan has advisory position to AAFCO's Pet Food Committee and Ingredient Definitions Committee.
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