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JUSTICE for Kiya

probably by now you have heard about Puppy Doe aka Kiya…

Over the weekend, hundreds held a vigil for the puppy in Quincy, MA… the dog loving community has come together to speak out against this horrific abuse.

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If you have any information whatsoever about this case, please contact:

Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Law Enforcement Department at 617-226-5610, e-mail cruelty@arlboston.org.

Or

Quincy Police Department, Detective Thomas Pepdjonovich at 617-745-5774

Mainstream media

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/margery_eagan/2013/09/nutty_or_not_puppy_doe_mourners_driven_by_compassion

A response:

In this case, the mass consciousness is that of thousands of people shocked, stunned, frightened, and enraged by acts of torture inflicted on a mere puppy over a long extended period of time. And YOU think that our sorrow and anguish is nutty? I feel that your commitment to playing to mainstream readers has you confused about depth of character, human intelligence, and the higher ground approach to co-existing with other species on this planet. You, Ms. Eagan, by the fact that you are a journalist in a large publication are in the place of being a voice of leadership. In this case, you are the voice of a piddling, low class, pathetic, and cheap shot punk writer who does not have the depth of character development to face the pain elicited by knowing the atrocities that this poor puppy endured.

Another article: (the reward is up to $18,000 now)…

http://www.examiner.com/article/reward-up-to-15-000-for-information-about-puppy-doe

Some folks have also been creating petitions to Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist asking that Craigslist stop offering free pets to good homes or to post a warning.

below is my email to Craig:

Dear Craig, I am sure by now that you  know about Puppy Doe aka Kiya, the dog who was horrifically abused and tortured and had to be euthanized. Her owner put her up for adoption on craigslist.
While I know that not every dog who is put up for adoption on Craigslist is abused, too many have been.  It is already well known among rescues that Craigslist “free to a good home” pets are often subject to violence & abuse and this is an extremely horrific situation.
Please consider changing your pets policy (free to a good home) and/or post a warning on the pet page to let people know that free pets are too often abused, used as bait dogs by dog fighters, and DO NOT FIND GOOD HOMES.
It is well known by law enforcement that serial killers start off by killing and abusing animals. I am sure that you do not wish to make it easy for serial killers to harm any animals but these sociopaths are using Craigslist for just that purpose. There needs to be a SAFE PLACE for animals so that they are NOT exploited, abused and harmed just because they need a home.
There are solutions that can be found.
For the sake of these innocent animals, dogs and cats, please please please be a CHAMPION for animals and CHANGE your pet policy.
Thank you.
CS
Here is Craig’s response to me:

I do believe that we can CHANGE this situation. No matter how upset you may feel, angry or sad, please compose yourself when communicating with Craig or the authorities.

I wrote back to Craig and said this:

Craig, thank you for your timely response…

It seems that we agree that people should ask for a rehoming fee rather than offering animals for free… do you have that posted somewhere on Craigslist?

some facts…

No Kill Shelters are NOT full… the very nature of TRUE No Kill Shelters are that animals are adopted and fostered, that there is an ebb and flow of animals coming in and going out. For instance, the Nevada Humane http://www.nevadahumanesociety.org/

3-6 million pets are killed in shelters every year NOT NOT NOT because there are no homes or too many animals but because some shelters are killing animals and refuse to stop even when they have empty cages… There is a NO KILL movement that has a proven recipe of actions that can be taken IF/WHEN a shelter wants to STOP KILLING healthy adoptable pets. For the last two years on June 11, Nathan Winograd, the No Kill Advocacy Center has issued a challenge to shelters across the country to PUT DOWN THEIR NEEDLES for JUST ONE DAY, and many thousands of animals have been adopted that would have been killed.

http://www.nathanwinograd.com/

There is a long list of animals that have been killed and abused. There are heartless people who get animals from Craigslist and other places and abuse them and use them for dog fighting bait. I do not have the stats on this.

Thanks again.

CS

If you know something about the abuser that can help the police capture the abuser, please come forward.

Our prayers are that the abuser is found asap and sent to prison for a long time… that JUSTiCE for Kiya / Puppy Doe is served. And that there are enacted laws with stricter penalties for abuse and torture and cruelty of animals in EVERY state.

Just as there has been enacted in NJ, a Patrick’s Law, there should be Kiya’s Law in Massachusetts.

Evil like this cannot be allowed to flourish.  When a group of committed good people come together, stand together and say NO with one accord, JUSTICE PREVAILS.

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Pupdate 22

Had to take Cici to the vet AGAIN because her rear end was all red and swollen near her tail. Turned out that she needed to have her anal glands expressed (which I suspected)… and it turned out that she also lost 2 pounds (last time she gained 6 pounds, so this time she lost 2, she only gained 4 pounds then of the 14 she has lost in total)… have to pig this girl out, any suggestions???  vet said I just feed her even more food, am already giving her three meals a day plus treats. It is making me somewhat nutty that she is still so skin and boney.

The vet admitted that Cici’s skin is better even though she is still somewhat itchy. However, I did NOT enlighten her that I stopped the antibiotics. She wanted me to give her steroids but I have opted out of that too.

I called our local health food for dogs store (yes there is one in Carmel) and asked what they would suggest (sometimes the MOST obvious things you do not think to do until you do think of it)… this was after I ordered some special doggie shampoo from Amazon that turned out to be NOT so natural and made me ill… smelled like a combo of hair spray and those plug-in fragrances, two odors that are not not not all natural and get me sick.  I washed Cici with the shampoo and now she smells like that, ugh. But the company said they give 100% refund so I called Amazon and asked what their policy is and thankfully they said they would take it back, too. Refunded my card and sent me a link to print out a shipping label, too so I do not even have to pay the shipping charges. Gotta love Amazon for that !!!

Moving on in this saga, so I called the raw food doggie store, The Raw Connection, in Carmel and asked for their suggestion of an all natural doggie shampoo that would stop the itchies. And they told me about Miracle II Soap and Neutralizer (Liquid and Gel). She said it worked really well for her white poodle. I decided to give it a try. They had it on Amazon but I did not want to wait so we toodled on down to Carmel after the vet and got the moisturizing shampoo and gel.

 

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This stuff is lauded to be good for just about EVERYTHING (I googled it)… so far have not given Cici another bath because TWO baths in ONE week would surely make her leave me. But I have used the gel on her icky areas (where she chews on herself until red, raw and bleeding) and voila, works!!!  also have rubbed the gel onto my osteoarthritis knees and seems to eliminate the pain, so am a happy camper.

Not cheap and there is the gel (which I bought) and the neutralizer liquid which I still plan to buy. The liquid can be taken internally for various reasons.

Fleas and Ticks:
Shampoo dog and cat with Miracle Soap – rinse. Then spray Neutralizer and let dry.  It will not hurt their eyes. Heals rashes, and cuts on dogs, cats and horses. Animal lovers, you will love it!

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A Furry Friendly Holiday

“A higher percentage of properties than ever permit pets (61 percent, up from 52 percent in 2010), according to a 2012 survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

“…Kimpton, which does not charge for pets, also has daily complimentary wine hours (known as “yappy hour” at one of the brand’s hotels) at which dogs and owners mingle over cocktails as if they were a New Yorker cartoon.

“…Most pet-friendly hotels are lower- and midpriced brands (Best Western, Red Roof Inn), according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association.”

http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/travel/now-checking-in-pampered-pets.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Going away for a weekend with your pooch, just you and the dog, or planning trips to visit the family for the upcoming holidays?

Take a few essentials with you for a fun, healthy, safe escape. Some of these would make great gifts for the hostess, relatives, friends, or whoever you are visiting

l. a pit bull tote bag to carry snacks, waste bags, pet food and more

What better way to show off my poochie love for pit bulls than with a tote bag that can carry a bunch of travel items in it in the car? It also is good for taking shopping when you do not want to put stuff in plastic or paper bags.

Dog City and Co.  is a Chicago-based company that makes these totes :  http://www.dogcityandco.com/totes/.  The price of the bags are $20.  All of the products are the designs of owner Niki Crowe.  Niki is very active in animal adoption and donates a portion of each sale to shelters and other organizations.

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2.  Sea buckthorn lotion, love the fruity smell and the way my legs feel after awhile, smooth as glass, this is a lotion that smooths away dry skin and soothes the itches with all natural ingredients. Incredibly  moisturizing with Omega 3, 6, 9.  Non-GMO ingredients. Scented with orange oil. Love love love this lotion.  When traveling my skin gets extra dry and I do not always remember to pack lotion with me on the road. But this lotion is a MUST BRING WITH ME.

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Cetyl Alcohol, Shea Butter, Cetearyl Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Essential Herbal Blend (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower (Linden) Extract, Cornflower Extract, Roman Chamomilla Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract), Phenoxyethanol, Essential Orange Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel), Pro-Vitamin B-5, Ethylhexylglycerin, Vitamin E.

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http://www.seabuckwonders.com/products/sea-buckthorn-body-lotion/

3. a great doggie book to read: The Sound and the Furry by Spencer Quinn, another fun adventure in the Chet and Bernie mystery series.  A road trip from Arizona to Louisiana, with a bunch of suspects and crimes to solve. Chet learns firsthand about alligators and swamps and boats. There are oil wells, drug dealers, shrimp heists, a kidnapped inventor and family feuds to deal with and a roller coaster ride of who done its.

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4.  Vitamins from Drvita, also dog food, treats and vitamins, supplements for dogs

On the road, we do not always eat great so it is good to be able to take these vitamins with us.  Been taking these vitamins twice a day with meals, supposed to be three times, but that is a bit much for me. There are a lot of good ingredients and there is no vitamin (icky) smell nor does it seem to come out in the bathroom (you know what I mean). These are capsules not hard tablets which makes a difference. And they are easy to take since there is no bad taste.  I also like that there are no gmo ingredients.

DrVita Six Daily Advanced Multi-Vitamin provides your body with over 100 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fermented whole foods, herbs and other powerful nutrients to promote anti-aging, healthy energy production, good cardiovascular and immunity. These nutrients include effective dosages of alpha lipoic acid, magnesium, B-complex and CoQ10 for healthy energy production, standardized green tea equivalent to five cups of tea to protect cells from damaging free radicals and resveratrol found in red wine that are missing entirely in most multi formulations. Six Daily also contains 10X higher levels of vitamin D3 when compared to others based on recent studies showing this is the amount required for optimal blood levels to promote healthy bones, cellular health and immunity.

http://www.drvita.com/p-12867-drvita-six-daily-advanced-multi-vitamin-180-capsules.aspx

we would also like to try some of their dog food, vitamins and supplements

http://www.drvita.com/c-271-pets.aspx?N=10339

5. Some pure and tasty dog treats for the pooch

Gotta bring treats for the spoiled brat Polka Dot Princess, she is the boss, and knows what she likes. And she loves Whole Life freeze dried fresh dog treats… Cici says yummy and wants more… she gives them four paws up and so do I… this is why:

There is only ONE ingredient… beef, venison, chicken, wild caught fish, cheese or sweet potatoes.

All of the meats, with the exception of venison are shipped directly from farmers to a USDA human food facility that cuts, slices or cubes them, then pre-cooks them by either steaming or roasting. The meats are then flash frozen and shipped to their facility where they are freeze dried and packaged in house by staff.

The freeze dried beef strips are extremely lean making them low in fat, calories and carbs. They are an ideal healthy snack for both dogs and cats. The single ingredient formula provides pure protein without fillers, chemicals, additives or preservatives.

They use USDA certified hormone free lean top round from Washington State.

Freeze dried treats can be quickly rehydrated in warm water to produce a soft meaty texture ideal for older pets or those that have difficulty with hard treats.

I gave them to Cici both as a treat and I was able to crumble them in my hand to make them smaller as well as put some on her food that was rehydrated and she loved them both ways.

According to John Gigliotti, founder and CEO, “Every ingredient in our products comes from handpicked farmers, ranchers and fishermen we know personally and trust. We buy the highest quality cuts of meat, poultry and fish that we can find and continue to search for the best, like a high-end restaurant. And every Whole Life treat is made in western Massachusetts, in our own state-of-the-art facility.”

Pet parents will be equally pleased to know that Whole Life freeze-dried treats are made from only 100 percent human-quality, hormone-free, free range, and organic ingredients, and that every ingredient is sourced in the U.S. Each variety is produced in small, fresh batches and tested for quality and safety. This extraordinary attention to detail results in a line of products with exceptional aroma and palatability. For more information, visit www.WholeLifePet.com orwww.facebook.com/WholeLifePet.

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Senior pets rock

September is Senior Wellness month and to celebrate Spring Naturals wants pet parents to know what to do as their dog ages. Below are tips including, what nutrition senior dogs need, as well as what to look for and how to be proactive as your pup grows.

Whole Dog Journal included Spring Naturals on their Top New Dry Dog Foods for 2013 list.

Implementing some these tips now can help your dog live a long and healthy life!

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And we are also doing a giveaway.  Comment here and / or on our Facebook page about your senior doggie, include a photo of your pooch on Facebook and say why they would love to receive some yummy Spring Naturals dog food.   You have until Wed., September 25, 2013 (deadline). Thanks.

Whether you got a puppy or adopted an older dog you want them to live long and healthy lives. To help your pet age gracefully take a look at the tips below for what to do as your dog ages. And even if your pup isn’t at that senior stage quite yet, many of theses tips are beneficial to add to your pet’s routine now and to keep in mind for the future.

·       Maintain a Healthy Weight – Good nutrition is important at every age, and even more important as your dog’s metabolism and activity levels slow down. And extra pounds means more stress on your pet’s body, such as their joints and internal organs. Top veterinarian and senior pet health expert, Dr. Ernie Ward, has commented that, “Proper nutrition can help keep dogs playful and fight signs of aging.” As they slow down pets need fewer calories but they still need a diet that is has protein, good fats and is especially high in fiber. Fortunately, Spring Naturals dinners and treats have all of those healthy benefits because their recipes include whole fruits and vegetables, with five percent fiber, as well as real meat as the first ingredient.

·       Focus on Antioxidants – Antioxidants can increase the effectiveness of dog’s immune system. Antioxidants like fish oil with Omega-3 fatty acids and L-carnitine are beneficial in helping prevent senile dementia in dogs, while vitamin E and beta-carotene help eliminate free radical particles that can cause damage to body tissue. And you’ll find all of those in Spring Naturals’ Senior Dinners, which have the same whole fruits and vegetables in every recipe and provide lots of antioxidants from blueberries, cranberries, carrots, and apricots. The senior recipe also includes chicken for it’s lean protein, salmon oil for its high amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, L-carnitine and beta-carotene to battle free radicals, vitamin B12 supplement for energy, and vitamin E for extra joint health.

·       Keep it Clean – It’s not just your dog’s coat that needs to be looked after. It’s important to also make sure areas such as their teeth, eyes and ears are regularly cleaned, doing so can prevent major health issues and also save you high vet bills in the end.

Teeth: Not brushing your dog’s teeth can lead to gingivitis and many other periodontal diseases, which can actually lead to other issues, such has heart disease and diabetes. Regular teeth cleanings can prevent more severe problems in the future as well as help keeping doggie breath at bay. Every week take a look at your pooch’s teeth, making sure the gums are pink and not white, red or swelling. Also, check if there is any tarter on their teeth, if there is you might want to consider getting their teeth cleaned at the vet to avoid future issues.

Eyes: While antioxidants can help prevent vision loss in pets, regular cleanings can also help Fido’s sight. Every few days, using a damp cotton ball or cloth, clean your dog’s eyes by starting at the inside corner of your dog’s eye and wiping outward to remove any dirt that developed around the eyelid. If you do see signs like eye discharge, constant tearing, crust along the eyelids, and unequal pupil sizes take your dog to the vet to get everything checked.

Ears: Checking your dog’s ear consistently will help you dog maintain good hearing. The inside of your dog’s ear should look pink and not white or red. To clean the ear, take a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide and gently swipe it over the inner-ear skin, make sure you never insert anything in your dog’s ear canal. You don’t need to clean your dog’s ears too frequently, but it is important to check them. See a vet if you witness ear discharge, redness, swelling, brown or black ear wax, or dark wax that resembles coffee grounds. If you do see anything like that, get them to a vet, don’t try to clean it yourself.

·       Regular Vet Visits – Taking your dog to the vet is a practice your family should implement regularly, getting an annual checkup or “wellness” visit at least once a year. Each time you go, make sure they do thorough exam where they listen to your dog’s heart and lungs and examine their coat, teeth, eyes, ears, and internal organs. And as they age make sure to talk to your vet about getting checkups more frequently. It’s been recommended that healthy senior dogs should see the vet around every six months. Vets can also advise if your dog could be susceptible to other issues that have to do with breed or location factors, and give you tips on ways to prevent them.

So as your pooch gets older, be sure to keep all these things in mind to help your dog live long and healthy lives, because you already know – life with a dog is always better!

To learn more about Spring Naturals’ fresh, new approach to pet nutrition, visit them atwww.SpringNaturals.com or any of their social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Ingredients: (Grain free) Turkey, turkey broth, vegetable broth, sunflower oil, carrots, peas, dicalcium phosphate, flaxseed oil, calcium carbonate, salt, guar gum, spinach, potassium chloride, carrageenan, lecithin, choline chloride, sodium acid pyrophosphate, salmon oil, dandelion greens, apricots, blueberries, cranberries, chicory root extract, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid.

 

 

 

Blog Hop time…thanks to Life with DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop  link

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Putting on the Pooch

Update about my Cici girl….

SHE HAS GAINED SIX POUNDS… she had lost 14 pounds. Now to recap, she had fleas and possibly a tapeworm so I tried EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN and nothing natural really worked for her, the aromatherapies just made her rashy and itchy. Finally, I took her to the vet.  She is still somewhat itchy but I have ordered some doggie shampoo for her and an anti-itchy spray (herbal) that hopefully will take care of the issues. I talked to the company and found that I could get the products at a slightly better price and no shipping charge on Amazon.

I have been giving her an extra meal a day to put the weight back on and it is working.

No more fleas.  Now the vet gave me drugs to give to her including antibiotics. I gave her them for a couple of weeks but then it seemed to me that the drugs were making her rashier and itchier so I stopped.

And the medicated shampoo she gave us got Cici all greasy and did not stop the itchies.

So now am giving Cici the Herbal Internal Powder and No More Flea Drops from earthanimal.com that Kate suggested and it appears to be working since she is due for her flea medication and has NONE.  We shall see.

The powder and drops adjust the blood chemistry so that the fleas do NOT like the taste of it anymore. The powder is filled with good stuff like alfalfa, kelp, blue green algae, and the drops have wormwood (good to taking care of tapeworms), and other ingredients. I still have the confortis from the vet if necessary but am hoping that the powder and drops will work.

And we are not due back to the vet for a month and Cici should be back to her normal weight by next week. Am back to feeding her Canine Health by Dr. Harvey’s and a can of dog food (a huge can from Trader Joe’s). The rabbit and turkey burgers are great AND kind of expensive.

Voila.

and the big lump you see hiding under the cover is Cici LOL… If/when I put a cover over her, she will just stay like that until I take it off again… what can I say, she’s weird that way…

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Give an Angel a Bone

Update:    Thanks everyone for posting about and sharing Tori’s fundraising info and donating to her vet care.   they now have enough money to cover the cost of the surgery. However, Tori will need several months of after-care and continuous monitoring by the vet and lots of x-rays to make sure the bone graft is successful. If not, she may need another surgery. Any future donations received for Tori will be earmarked for her follow-up vet care.

Dear friends,

This blog post is a heart felt plea. There are many animals in need and I do not usually ask for your help. But Tori is the sweetest dog living with enormous pain (and a great foster family who want to adopt her) and she needs your help. Can you please read her story and if you can, please do what you can to help her. If you cannot donate, please share her story with others.  Thanks.

Give an Angel a Bone

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Angels usually do not need extreme makeovers. But Tori, an adorable and very sweet little 6-yr-old bichon girl, needs an extreme makeover of the pain relieving kind. Tori has everything a former shelter stray could want: a loving home with foster parents who want to adopt her, lots of toys, treats, yummy food, and a new best friend named Samantha. Tori has everything a dog could ever want – except a jaw bone that is.

Tori’s story starts out like so many others at the shelter – running scared on the mean streets of Fresno, fending for herself. Unknown at the time was the fact that she was unable to eat anything but the softest of food, which explains why she was a bony nine pounds when she was rescued.

Tori’s vet exam revealed that she was healthy but in need of a dental cleaning. She didn’t want her mouth touched, but that’s pretty normal for anyone who has bad teeth. Nothing could have prepared us for what we saw on the x-rays. One of Tori’s teeth had decayed and abscessed to the point that it fractured and completely deteriorated her lower right jaw.

The excruciating pain she must have been in for so long is unimaginable. It is amazing that she has never complained or shown even one smidgen of aggression or bad temper.

Tori is now on round-the-clock pain medication, but she needs surgery. The preliminary estimate was between $3,000-$4,000. We’ve been told that with surgery her prognosis is excellent . She will live a happy and normal life. BUT WITHOUT THIS SURGERY WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO HER? The one thing we know for sure is that she can’t stay the way she is.

We decided to take a leap of faith (that’s where you come in!) Tori’s surgery is scheduled for October 16, but we desperately need your help!!

We hope that you will find it in your heart to help Tori’s makeover dream come true. Whatever you can spare will help, be it $5, $10, $50 or $500 on Tori’s behalf. Your donation is tax deductible and we will provide a receipt for your tax records. K9BFF is a 501c3 nonprofit charity (ID # 26-1185144), operated entirely by unpaid volunteers. 100% of your donation will go toward Tori’s vet expenses.

Imagine how great Tori will look and feel after her surgery! Just knowing that you helped make it possible, that you contributed to ending this angel’s suffering and giving her a new leash on life will be a divine gift.

Donation info:

Credit card payments can be made via Paypal on the website: www.k9bestfriendsforever.com

Checks can be mailed or delivered to K9BFF or directly to Tori’s vet (please specify it’s for Tori):

K9BFF

8839 N. Cedar Ave. #320

Fresno, CA 93720

Waterhouse Animal Hospital

1115 E. Champlain Dr.

Fresno, CA 93720

Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

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A child’s pet

how can you teach your children about a pet dying?

The time has come… that inevitable time, when a family member, a beloved pet, has lived its life to the fullest, been run over by a car, or has a life threatening illness. How do you tell your children? How can you help them cope with the death?  Should you have a funeral for the pet? Do you talk about the pet and express feelings?

I recently watched the movie Marley and Me and thought that they did a good job of helping the children deal with the death of their beloved dog Marley. The father took Marley to the vet and Marley was put to sleep there. He brought the dog’s body back to their home and they buried him in the earth. The children were encouraged to each write something, to express their feelings to and about Marley and put it in the casket/earth. And the children’s thoughts and feelings were acknowledged and praised. The girl child drew a picture, one of the boys wrote a letter, and the other boy, oldest, just said “He knows.” Each of the children were respected and the dog was buried with dignity and love. The children’s emotions were allowed to be expressed. Sadness, grief, and loss were also modeled by the parents. The children were appropriately comforted. They each had a chance to say good-bye.

Perhaps this movie is a good one to share with children when they lose a pet. Talk about the pet. Share memories, photos, videos and allow the children to grieve in their own way, in their own time. Having a ritual such as a burial helps, allowing the grieving members of a family to come together to say good-bye to the pet in their own way.

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Below are some more tips.

http://www.backupcare.org/blog/how-to-help-your-kids-deal-with-the-death-of-a-pet/

http://www.griefhealing.com/column-explaining-the-funeral-to-your-children.htm

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