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OUT2NEWS SEPTEMBER BARK BYTE    THE TRUTH ABOUT A DOG’S MOUTH

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Article by Robin Hall – Out2News

“A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s mouth?” You have heard this at least once in your life. Most of us have just accepted this as fact, when we think about it at all, but have you ever wondered if it is actually true?

Both dog and human mouths are full of microbes. While there is some overlap in the types of bacteria between species, there are also a host of different dental bacteria in your dog’s mouth that you won’t find in yours.

Take the bacterial family known for causing periodontal disease in humans and dogs, Porphyromonas. Researchers discovered that dogs have a type of Porphyromonas called P. gulae, whereas human mouths contain its relative, P. gingivalis. Both bacteria are what most of us would consider “dirty,” and can cause problems for dog and human teeth.

Dogs have more than 600 different types of bacteria in their mouths, which is a similar number to the 615 and counting types of bacteria Harvard researchers have found in human mouths. These bacteria can also be joined by other bacteria that we (humans and dogs) pick up from our environments, adding to the mix.

Perhaps part of the reason the idea that “a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s mouth” came to be so widely believed is that we don’t typically swap diseases with our dogs when we swap saliva. You are not going to get the flu from a dog kiss, but you might get it from kissing a human loved one.

Can Humans Get Dog Germs?

Most of the bacteria in your dog’s mouth are not zoonotic, which means you probably won’t get a disease from a big old doggy kiss. There are exceptions to this. Dogs that are fed a raw diet are at an increased risk of contracting salmonella, which can be spread to humans, and you really don’t want to share kisses with a dog that regularly raids the litter box.

Kissing your dog is less risky than kissing another human, but that does not mean that your dog’s mouth is necessarily cleaner than a human’s — he just has a mostly incompatible set of germs.

Can Dog Saliva Heal Wounds?

Most mammals, humans included, lick their wounds. The act of licking, alone, offers some benefits to wound healing. The tongue removes dirt and debris from the wound site, which lowers the risk of contamination and infection. Of course, too much licking can lead to self-trauma, as in the case of hot spots, and can actually make things much worse.

Certain proteins in saliva called histatins can ward off infection, and further reveal that there are other beneficial chemical compounds in saliva that can help protect cuts from bacterial infections. Licked wounds heal twice as fast as unlicked wounds.

Dog saliva is not alone in these properties. Human and other mammal saliva show similar wound-healing activity, which might help explain why we instinctively hold a cut to our mouths and kiss “boo-boos.”

Does this mean that you should have your dog lick your wounds, or that you should lick your own wounds?

Not all of the research about saliva was good. While there is some truth to this remedy, you are probably better off treating your wounds and your dog’s wounds with more conventional care to avoid any unnecessary risks. Let your dog lick his wounds what can it hurt?

Dogs and humans are equally susceptible to dental disease and benefit from good oral hygiene practices to keep their mouths clean and healthy. Regular brushing and dental cleanings help humans and dogs keep harmful bacteria, like the kind that cause periodontal disease, in check and are an important part of a daily routine.

You can begin brushing your dog’s teeth when his is a puppy. This will make it easier down the road when your dog is older and full of firm ideas about what he does and doesn’t like. Training your dog to enjoy tooth brushing is just as important as getting him used to the process.

If YOUR dog wants to give you a kiss sounds to me like you should just let him give you a kiss!  If nothing else it does put a smile on your face and makes us feel good to be love by our best friend! Your dog’s mouth might not be cleaner than yours, but keeping your dog’s mouth healthy will make you feel better about those sloppy, wet dog kisses.

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Save the Date for CFF’s Merry Meows Event

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Article by: Shannon Borrego

It seems like we just said goodbye to summer, and it’s time to start thinking about the holidays! But, it’s never too early to mark your calendar for special events, and here’s one you won’t want to miss: Caring Fields Felines’ Merry Meows 2017 gala fundraiser! The event will be held on Sunday, December 3rd, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Caring Fields sanctuary in Palm City.

This year’s theme will be “Making Spirits Bright!” I can promise you that this will be an evening to make your spirits soar. As always, the sanctuary will be arrayed from top to bottom with sparkling lights and holiday decorations, and there will most likely be a surprise or two to change things up a bit. Last year we had real snow, courtesy of a snow machine, and this year? Well, you’ll just have to come to the party to see what we have in store.

A party isn’t a party without food, drink, and music and Merry Meows will have it all. This year, you’ll be tapping your toes to live music provided by none other than “Big Coque!” As you sing along to musical favorites, you’ll tickle your taste buds with a sumptuous buffet, including an array of decadent desserts. Top off the evening by bidding on special gifts, golf packages, and more at the silent auction.

Of course, all 150 cats will be waiting at the sanctuary to welcome you to the festivities. In past years, they’ve lined up along the fence to watch the guests stroll by because, after all, everyone loves a party! Tours of the property will give you and opportunity to meet the cats up close, and you’ll be able to cuddle with your favorite felines in the cattery.

The planning committee is working hard to create a spectacular evening for all. You can help make the evening special by donating an item for the auction or by becoming a sponsor for the event. Please call 772-463-7386 to become involved. Further details about Merry Meows will appear on our website as they become available. www.cffelines.org.

All proceeds from the event will benefit CFF, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) feline rescue and adoption organization. Merry Meows is our signature fundraiser, providing funds to support spay/neuter, rescue, and adoption work throughout the year. So, save the date and plan to joins us for Merry Meows 2017!

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HSTC Pets of the Week

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Betty:

Betty is a playgroup rock star – she plays well with every dog she meets and adapts her playstyle to fit theirs. Betty is a stray pup who we don’t know too much about other than how she is here. She is high energy, but loves attention from people and is eager to please. She is a bit rambunctious inside her kennel, but with some play time she starts to settle down. Betty appears to know some basic commands like “sit” and would love to learn more. She is a young’un at only 2 years old and has been here at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast since mid-July. Betty is heartworm positive and we will be covering the cost of treatment. Visit Betty and all of her adoptable friends online at hstc1.org!

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Maxwell:

Maxwell is handsome 9 year old kitty who is looking for the purr-fect home. He arrived at HSTC as a stray with a very severe mouth infection; it was so severe that our doctor had to remove all his teeth! Maxwell doesn’t let his lack of teeth slow him down any, he is an active and talkative cat. He prefers to eat wet food only – dry food is a bit difficult for him – and adores all the attention he can be showered with. Maxwell is currently accepting visitors at the HSTC main shelter in Palm City.

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Holly:

Holly is a happy, active bun who excels at “bunny flops” and “binkies”. She has been here at HSTC since November 2016 and is currently HSTC’s longest resident bunny. Holly is a tidy bun and always uses her litter box. Her favorite treat? A small piece of banana. At nearly 2 years old and a life expectancy of 10-15 years, Holly has her whole life ahead of her and is ready to spend it in her fur-ever home.

Deidre Huffman -Adoption Manager-Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave – Palm City, FL 34990

772-600-3204   dhuffman@hstc1.org

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WHAT IS A PET TRUST?

Out2News.comA pet trust is an arrangement to provide for the care and financial support of your pet(s) upon your disability or death. You fund the trust with property or cash that can be used to provide for your pet based on your instructions in the trust document.

Your pet trust should name a trustee who will carry out your instructions for the care of your pet, including handling and disbursement of trust funds and turning your pet over to the person or entity you designate to serve as your pet’s caregiver. The trustee and caregiver could be the same person or entity.

As with most trusts, you can create your pet trust while you’re alive (an inter vivos or living trust) or at your death through your will (a testamentary trust). In either case, you can generally change the terms of your pet trust at any time during your lifetime to accommodate changing circumstances. If you create an inter vivos trust, you can fund it with cash or property either during your life (needed if the trust is to care for your pet if you become incapacitated) or at your death through your will. A testamentary trust is only funded after you die.

Some of the instructions to consider for your pet trust include: provisions for food and diet, daily routines, toys, medical care and grooming, how the trustee or caregiver is to document expenditures for reimbursement, whether the trust will insure the caregiver for any injuries or claims caused by your pet, and the disposition of your pet’s remains.

You may also want to name a person or organization to take your pet should your trust run out of funds. Also consider naming a remainder beneficiary to receive any funds or property remaining in the trust after your pet dies.

A potential problem arises if your pet is expected to live for more than 21 years after your death. That’s because, in many states, the “rule against perpetuities” forbids a trust from lasting beyond a certain period of time, usually 21 years after the death of an identified person. However, almost every state has laws relating to pet trusts that address this issue in particular and allow for the continued maintenance of the trust, even if its terms would otherwise violate the rule.

Note that there are costs and expenses associated with the creation of a trust.

If you’re looking for an advisor who can assist you in this time of change, give me a call.

Steven W Landwersiek is a Registered Representative with and Securities and Advisory Services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC

6530 S. Kanner Hwy | Stuart, FL, 34997-6396

Office: 772.233.4315 | Fax: 772.233.4316

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Hunting Instinct in Cats Can be Re-directed

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Article by: Shannon Borrego – Caring Felines

Why do cats hunt prey even when they aren’t hungry? To humans the practice may seem cruel, but cats are just following their instincts. Cat’s hunting behavior is explained in an article, “Understanding Your Cat’s Predatory Behavior” on the Perfect Paws website. The article states, “Cats are born with a hunting and chasing instinct. But they are not necessarily born hunters that kill for food. Killing and eating prey are generally learned behaviors.”

You may have seen kittens pouncing on anything that moves as part of their play. This behavior is Mother Nature’s way of preparing the kittens to catch prey later in life. The killing process is taught by the mother cat who begins by bringing home dead prey and progresses to the stage where the kittens are given the task of “finishing off” an animal she has brought home.

While this skill is vital for an animal’s survival in the wild, it is detrimental to both cats and wildlife in a domestic setting. Animal behaviorist, Marilyn Krieger, explains the dangers in her article, “How to Exercise Your Cat’s Predator Instinct Without Letting her Hunt.” In addition to harming the populations of song birds and other animals, Ms. Krieger warns that when ingesting wild prey, cats can also ingest parasites, pathogens, or even second-hand poisons previously consumed by the prey. Furthermore, if the prey fights back, cats can be bitten or scratched as the desperate animal fights for its life.

The best solution to avoiding these dangers is to keep your cat indoors. Ms. Krieger suggests satisfying your cat’s need to hunt by offering games and exercises. Playing with your cat not only gives the cat stimulation, it also helps him keep trim and fit. Try tossing a toy or dangling an object on the end of a stick near your cat. Just be sure to let him “win” some of the time, so he doesn’t become too frustrated.

Treasure hunts are another popular game in which treats are hidden in strategic locations around the house. The game can be customized according to the abilities and personality of your cat.

Although hunting is an instinct, keeping your cat indoors, and providing play activities instead, satisfy his need to hunt while keeping him and his intended prey safe.

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Guests at CFF Kitten Shower Enjoy Purrrfect Afternoon!

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Article by Shannon Borrego

Just about everyone who attended Caring Fields Felines’ Kitten Shower came away smiling! Close to 400 guests showed up to admire the kittens and share an appreciation for our feline friends.

Every year the shower seems to bring out the best in human nature; this year the positive vibes were almost palpable. Guests streamed into the sanctuary, bearing gifts for the cats—everything from monetary donations to super-sized bags of cat food and litter. One cat lover even donated a beautiful basket, featuring “flowers” made of cleverly folded twenty and ten-dollar bills!

When they weren’t oohing and aahing over the kittens, children were kept busy painting and hiding decorative rocks, sampling a cookie, or two, or three, and accompanying their parents on tours of the sanctuary. Jack Blankenship supplied live background music, Subway and Starbucks donated food and drink, and Magnolia Cakes donated a mind-boggling cake depicting a stack of books and frolicking kittens. Not only was the cake beautiful, but quite tasty, too! Author, Sunny Walker, sold and signed
copies of her book, “FOREVER HOMES: True Stories of Animals Rescued in South Florida,” donating a portion of the proceeds to CFF.

Since this was a baby shower, the main focus of the party was, naturally, the kittens! CFF is thrilled to report that every single kitten available for adoption found a home, as did two adult cats! If you’re in the market for a kitten, don’t worry; there are several pregnant cats at the sanctuary, and some awaiting neuter or spay surgery, so it won’t be long before there are more kittens ready for adoption.

At the conclusion of the shower, the staff and volunteers took a look at the huge pile of items donated, and jars stuffed with money, and everyone gasped. Close to $15,000 was raised in monetary gifts and
hundreds of dollars-worth of supplies were donated. Prior to the shower, Anita Schaal, director of the D’Agostino Foundation, donated $6,000 for the building of walkways throughout the grounds, and the walkways were ready just in time for the party! This outpouring of generosity on the part of all our friends exceeded our wildest expectations and is deeply appreciated. These gifts will help see CFF through the long, lean summer. Thank you, friends, for making the Kitten Shower an outstanding success!

To see photos from the event, please visit us on Facebook or check out
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Paradise Pooch Pet Services Opens New Location In Stuart

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Stuart — Your pooch will be the talk of the dog park. At Paradise Pooch Lisa knows that your pets are special member of the family and your best friends. Your pet will be pampered and treated with love and care.

Paradise Pooch brings professional state of the art grooming services to your home. This is a mobile pet grooming salon and pet care company. Lisa comes with a lifetime of experience raising her own pets as well as caring for others.

Paradise Pooch mobile grooming van is climate controled for your pets comfort at all times.The van is fully equipped with a full size tub and hydrolic table. We will accommodate your schedule and come to your home or your office.

Going away or just taking a day trip? Our pet sitting and dog walking services are customized to meet your pets needs. We make visits to your home and take care of all your pets needs while you are away.

Meet Lisa on her website at paradisepoochpetservices.com or FaceBook page for more details.

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If Your Dog Could Talk, He’d Say “Don’t Pet Me Here”

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There’s been a great deal of scientific research in recent years into the ways in which dogs benefit people. And the science confirms what pet guardians have always known — our animal companions have a powerful positive impact on our emotional and physical well-being.

Owners who are closely bonded to their dogs spend a lot of time being affectionate with their pet because it feels good. As it turns out, there’s a good reason for those good feelings.
Feel-Good Hormones Overflow in Closely Bonded Dogs and Humans

In a Swedish study, researchers found that owners who kissed their dogs frequently had higher levels of oxytocin than other owners. And along with kissing, there were two other very important factors that contributed to elevated levels of oxytocin:1

The owners perceived their relationship with their dog to be pleasurable rather than difficult or a chore
They offered fewer treats to their pet, preferring to offer attention and affection instead

In another study, dog guardians were put in a sparsely furnished room and asked to sit on a rug on the floor with their pets.2

For a half hour, the owners were instructed to focus all their attention on their dogs — talk softly to them, stroke, scratch and pet them. The owners’ blood was drawn at the beginning and again at the end of the 30-minute session.

The researchers found that the dog owners’ blood pressure decreased, and they showed elevated levels not only of oxytocin, but also several other hormones, including:

Beta-endorphins, which are associated with both pain relief and euphoria
Prolactin, which promotes bonding between parent and child
Phenylethylamine, which is increased in people involved in romantic relationships
Dopamine, which heightens feelings of pleasure

And believe it or not, all the same hormones were also elevated in the dogs, which suggests the feelings of attachment are mutual!

Based on all the happy hormones surging through the dogs, it’s clear the owners in the second study knew how to touch their pets in a way that maximized their pleasure and contentment. However, that’s not always the case.
Have You Ever Wondered How Petting Feels to Your Dog?

Dog-to-dog interaction involves lots of physical contact. They do it to show affection and a desire for play, but they also make contact when trying to goad or threaten another dog.

This is why some forms of human petting elicit pleasure and a sense of calm in dogs, while other types of touching can send the wrong message.

Unless you’re carefully observing her as you pet her, it’s easy to inadvertently trigger negative emotions in your dog. Different types of petting, for example, a scratch behind the dog’s ear or a pat on the head, feel pretty much the same to us. The dog, however, isn’t necessarily having the same experience.

Recently, a team of researchers set out to evaluate the physiological and behavioral responses in dogs to determine which types of petting felt good to them, and which didn’t.3
How the Study Was Conducted

The study involved 28 privately owned dogs of different breeds, ages, and backgrounds. Some dogs were obedience trained; others were not.

Each dog was fitted with a heart rate monitor and brought into a room where both the owner and a stranger were present. The owner was instructed to ignore what was going on while the stranger interacted with the dog, touching him or her in nine different ways for 30 seconds at a time.

The nine different touches included:

Petting the shoulder
Petting the lateral side of the chest
Petting the ventral part of the neck
Petting and holding the lying dog on the ground
Holding a forepaw
Petting on the top of the head
Scratching at the base of the tail
Holding the collar
Covering the muzzle with one hand

What the Strokes Evoked

When the dogs were petted on the head or paw, they showed appeasement signals and redirected behaviors. The researchers interpreted those reactions as signs the dogs were uncomfortable. It’s worth noting that appeasement signals aren’t always indicators of stress. According to Whole Dog Journal:

“They are important everyday communication tools for keeping peace in social hierarchies, and are often presented in calm, stress-free interactions. They are offered in a social interaction to promote the tranquility of the group and the safety of the group’s members.

When offered in conjunction with other behaviors, they can be an indicator of stress as well.”4

When the dogs were constrained by being held while lying on the ground, held by the collar, or having their muzzle covered, unsurprisingly, they showed freezing and displacement behaviors. These included lifting a paw, looking or moving away, and lip licking. All the dogs also had elevated heart rates — a clear sign of stress.

When the interactions were over, the dogs immediately shook their bodies and stretched, which are signs of relief and further proof they did not enjoy being constrained, no matter how gentle the touch. The touches the dogs liked best? Having their chests and shoulders petted, and getting a nice scratch at the end of the spine just in front of the tail.
Dog Petting Tips

It’s important to note the dogs in the study were being handled by strangers. Most dogs tolerate a lot more from their immediate human family members, including touching that is decidedly unnatural for canines, such as hugging and kissing.

However, it’s not uncommon for dog guardians to miss their own dogs’ stress signals, which can include a quick head turn or lick of the upper lip, as well as freezing in place. It can be easy to miss or misinterpret some of the more subtle canine expressions of distress.

Unfortunately, the result can be a difficult relationship between human and dog that in a worst-case scenario can even become dangerous. Suggestions for enhancing your relationship with your dog through touch:

Let your dog initiate contact most of the time, rather than invading his personal space. Some dogs need a little time to settle themselves before getting physically close enough to be touched.
Pet your dog gently on the chest or behind the ear closest to you (to avoid reaching over her head for the other ear). Always avoid petting that involves reaching over or across your dog.
As a general rule, it’s never a good idea to hug a dog. Some dogs tolerate it, but it’s a form of constraint, which feels threatening to them.
Stop petting your dog after a short time and see if she asks for more, or seems relieved and/or moves away.
Watch for stress signals, including looking away, lip licking, yawning, ears back, “whale eye” (the white of the eye is showing at the corners and/or rim), lifting a paw, tail tucking, freezing, or urination. If your dog is doing one or more of these things, stop touching him and give him some space.
Always ask the dog’s human before interacting with a pet you don’t know.

In all interactions with our animal companions, we should pay attention to the impact we’re having on them. Each dog is an individual, and while one dog may love a vigorous rubdown, another may be completely stressed out by that type of handling.

Additionally, there are some dogs that have anxiety and fear being approached by strangers, in general. There’s an organization trying to promote the identification of these dogs from a distance by using a yellow ribbon on a leash, through The Yellow Dog Project, which I wholeheartedly endorse.

By observing your dog’s reaction to physical contact and following his lead, you can enhance your bond with him and forge a more positive relationship.

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Cats Have Been Popular White House Pets

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Article by Shannon Borrego
As President Trump settles into the White House, a family pet isn’t part of the new household. However, many of our past Presidents have owned cats and dogs during their terms in office. Cats have been especially popular.

The first White House cat, Tabby, belonged to Abraham Lincoln. Tabby not only lived in the White House, he reportedly participated in White House dinners where he was fed with a gold fork! Lincoln was a devoted cat lover. On one occasion, upon finding three half-frozen kittens in a shed, he tucked them into his jacket and took them home. He cared for them until they were adopted by friends.

President Rutherford Hayes was the first president to own a Siamese cat. In fact, his cat was documented as the first Siamese to enter the United States. The cat, Siam, was a gift from the American Consul in Bangkok, Thailand. To reach the U.S., the poor cat endured a two-month voyage in a crate! After joining the family, she was permitted to roam the White House, and, according to legend, she loved to make “grand entrances” when guests were being entertained.

Another cat lover, Theodore Roosevelt, had two cats, a polydactyl named Slippers, and a cat named Tom Quartz. Slippers often fell asleep sprawled out in hallways. At one state banquet, guests were compelled to step around the snoozing feline as they entered the dining room.

White House cats have behaved much the same as cats living in ordinary surroundings. Woodrow Wilson’s two cats, Mittens and Puffins, were known to try leap onto the dining room table during meals, only to be squirted with water as a deterrent.

President Calvin Coolidge was particularly fond of cats. As a young boy, he rescued a litter of kittens from being drowned, and he owned several cats during his stint in the White House. When one of the cats disappeared, Coolidge issued a desperate plea for his return via a radio address. Happily, the cat was found and returned.

More recently, cats have resided in the White House alongside Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Time will tell whether President Trump will join them in bringing a pet to the White House. (Information gathered from “our Capital’s Finest Felines—A Look back at Presidential Cats,” The Purrington Post, and “Famous White House President Cats,” LoveMeow.com)

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In Memorial Pets

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Their friendship was special—a bond worth honoring and sharing with those who understand.

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All Pets Go To Heaven

Out2NewsArticle by: Robin Hall – Out2News/Out2martincounty.com

There is a very special place where beloved pets go after they die. This is only a temporary location. But there are trees and grass and lakes, and everything they love. Here they can play and eat and sleep, even better than they did, before they died. Now, there are no aches or worries or dangers of any kind to trouble or threaten them. The only joy missing is their beloved human companion, you.

All health is restored completely, and all injuries are healed. Dogs and cats play with each other like youngsters, and they do not have time to feel lonely for you. They miss you, and with the special wisdom that animals have, they trust that this condition will get better. And they confidently wait as they frolic.

A wonderful day will come for each of them, when in the middle of playing they will suddenly feel something is different. And all their senses will be at the height of excitement and exuberance. They will sniff the air and look off in the distance where they recognize that dearly loved special presence. Then they will call out in elation, and with eyes shining and tail going wild, tear off at a full gallop, almost flying over the green grass.

The bond that we form with animals can be very deep and fulfilling, and the loss of a beloved animal can have an impact on us that is as great, or even greater, than the loss of a family member or friend. This bond is what makes our interactions with animals rich and rewarding, but also what makes the grief process so complicated. The grief can seem to come in waves, may be brought on more intensely by a sight or sound that sparks your memory, and may seem overwhelming at times.

After your pet has died or been lost, it is natural and normal to feel grief and sorrow. The amount of time a person grieves for the loss of their pet may be very different for different people. Although grief is an internal and private response, there are certain stages of grief that most people experience, and not everyone experiences them all or in the same order.Anger and guilt often follow denial.

Your anger may be directed toward people you normally love and respect, including your family, friends or your veterinarian. People coping with death will often say things that they do not really mean, unintentionally hurting those whom they do not mean to hurt.

Depression is a common experience after the death of a special pet. The tears flow, there are knots in your stomach, and you feel drained of all your energy. Day-to-day tasks can seem impossible to perform and you may feel is isolated and alone. Many depressed people will avoid the company of friends and family.

You will come to terms with your feelings. You begin to accept your pet’s death. Resolution has occurred when you can remember your pet and your time with them without feeling the intense grief and emotional pain you previously felt. Acceptance and resolution are normal and do not mean that you no longer feel a sense of loss, just that you have come to terms with the fact that your pet has died. Everyone experiences the stages of grief, grieving is always a very personal process. Allow yourself time to grieve and heal, and be thankful that your life was made that much better by sharing it with your beloved pet.

Memorializing a pet can be a healthy part of the grieving process. A framed photo or a photo album can help remind a pet parent of their pet. Some people keep the ashes of their pets and bury them in a spot favored by their pet. Creating a journal that includes stories about the things your dog did will help you focus on the good times you spent together.   Photographs record those special moments and lock them forever in time. Have a professional portrait painted as a memorial to your dog companion. If you enjoy gardening, plant a tree, perennial, bush or shrub in memory of your dog. Donate to an animal organization in your dog’s name.  Some pet lovers place a brick or stone with their pet’s name painted on it in their gardens or they buy specially designed and inscribed grave markers if their pet is buried on their property.

Realizing that a seemingly trifle, yet possibly most-significant part of pet ownership is doing the right thing for our pets at the end of their lives. Sometimes the hardest things to do are the best things we can do. Loving animals teaches us something about ourselves and so does letting them go…

Out2 Bark Byte is dedicated to Robin Hall’s – Owner of Out2News best friend “Teddy”. RIP 8/4/2015

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