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20 May Snow HSTC Dog


Sweet Snow is a 1.5 years old American Bulldog mix lady who is looking for her new fur-ever home. She enjoys cuddles on the couch, outdoor adventures, and car rides. She is very playful but can be a little too rough-and-tumble with little kids. She is currently enjoying the comforts of a foster where she has made friends with the resident small dog and is properly respectful of the cat. If you would like more information on Snow or would like to schedule an appointment to meet with her, please give us a call at 772-223-8822!

20 May Rover HSTC Cat


Rover is a lovely senior kitty (10 years young!) who is looking for the purr-fect home. He is very sweet if a little shy here at the shelter. Rover came to HSTC as a stray back in January, so we don’t know much about his past.

He is currently accepting visitors at the HSTC main shelter. Please give us a call at 772-223-8822 to schedule an appointment to meet with Rover. All of Rover’s adoptable friends can be viewed online at hstc1.org!

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Out2News May Bark Bytes Why Having a Pet Is Good for Your Health?

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Article by: Robin Hall - Out2News/Out2martincounty.com

If you've ever shared your home with a pet, you know that an animal can bring love and companionship into your life. But could your furry friend also protect you against heart disease and help you live longer? How might owning a dog improve your health? Dogs don’t just fill your heart; they make it stronger. Studies show that having a pet is linked to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and decreased triglyceride levels, which is better for your overall cardiovascular health and lead to fewer heart attacks
Pets Make Us Stay Social
It can become harder to get out and meet people. Not so for dog owners. Dog owners tend to be a little more extroverted, or outgoing. When you start to talk to another person about their pet, people tend to open and really blossom. They want to share stories about their friend. Dog owners are less prone to depression than the dog-less, largely because they seem to help in so many other areas of health and wellbeing.

Pets Offer Stress Relief
Research shows that individuals who own pets tend to experience less stress than those without pets. Pets can increase oxytocin production, a happy hormone, in the body. This hormone, once released, interacts with the receptors in the brain to create a calming effect throughout the body.
Pet owners tend to experience lower heart rates during difficult times and recover from an increased heart rate episode much faster.

Pets Offer Exercise and Fitness
Owning a pet could be the solution to your inactivity or your lack of motivation to exercise. Why? Dogs need to be taken for walks or runs daily for their own well- being. Even just taking them to the park and throwing a ball for them to retrieve will do.
This will help you stay active and exercise more. Your body’s ability to burn calories while at rest will improve and increase. This will result in weight loss, and an improved physical physique and strength.

Improved Cardiovascular Health
Pet owners face a lower risk of developing heart disease. They can lengthen your life considerably, regardless of whether you own a dog or a cat.
Their ability to lower blood pressure and heart rate has a lot to do with it. Since they encourage individuals to be more active, they help lower cholesterol levels. Cholesterol and fat build-up have been linked to the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases.
Fat builds up and collects around the walls of major blood vessels. This tends to constrict the proper flow of blood, leading to high blood pressure.

Prevents Allergies in Children
Studies have shown the earlier children are exposed to pets, the higher their chances of not developing allergies as they grow older. In other words, it boosts the immune system of a child.
Pets have a considerable effect on people’s health. Other than providing unconditional love and companionship, our furry friends also improve our mental health.
Older people that own dogs experience better cognitive health. They exhibit great physical strength and ability as well. Pets can offer tremendous benefits to different individuals regardless of their age group.

Bringing A Pet in the Home
Welcoming a dog into the family is a big decision with big responsibilities — and many wonderful benefits. If you end up getting more active with a new loving pet, it’s a win-win. Being more active and less stressed can help you live a longer, healthier life with your pet.
Before making a commitment to becoming a dog owner, consider whether you're healthy enough and have the financial means to care for a pet. Dogs need to be walked, fed, groomed, and taken to the vet. If you can't handle the demands of a pet right now, ask to walk a friend's dog a few days a week, or volunteer in an animal shelter. Anything that gets you out and keeps you physically active is good for your health
Sometimes we can let days go by and get swallowed up in our routine. Every day is the same and our excitement is lacking.
Have you ever noticed how a dog finds everyday life exciting? They can’t wait to eat, go for their walk, see you come home, or greet a visitor. We can learn so much by observing how our pets have so much love for the simple joys of everyday life.
Everyday can be special for us as well. When we take the time to look, we may find our joy is still there waiting to be rediscovered.
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Humane Society of the Treasure Coast Launches Phase 1 Reopening

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Palm City - The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) announces the first phase of its reopening, noting that it is being done slowly and safely. The nonprofit animal welfare organization will continue to reevaluate its efforts to minimize health risks to its staff, volunteers, visitors, and the community.

FACILITIES: The shelter will return to opening seven days a week beginning Thursday, May 14. Hours of operation will return to Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The HSTC will remain closed to foot traffic and entry will only be permitted for those with a confirmed appointment. This includes adoptions, owner-surrender intake, and owner-requested euthanasia. Night drop offs will continue to be closed until further notice.

ADOPTIONS: The adoption center will operate via appointments only. Visit the online pet database to view animals currently available first and then call 772-223-8822 to make a meet and greet appointment between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

WELLNESS CLINIC: The animal wellness clinic has returned to normal operations, starting with resuming TNVR (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return) surgeries. E-mail martincountytnvr@hstc1.org to coordinate TNVR efforts, which is a program to effectively control the feral cat population. The public spay/neuter program has resumed but is limited to the availability of appointments and surgical supplies. Call 772-223-8822 to make an appointment or to reschedule an appointment that was canceled due to the pandemic.

RECEIVING: The receiving center will continue to operate via appointments only. Please call 772-223-8822 to schedule an appointment for owner surrenders.

THRIFT STORES: Thrift Stores will be open on May 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accept donations only. Hours of operation will be Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting May 14. Stores will be closed on Sundays and Mondays. Mobile adoptions at the thrift stores will remain closed at this time. The shops will adhere to a maximum occupancy of 25, including staff and volunteers. Parents of small children may only bring one child in the store per parent. Customers will need masks to enter the stores. Masks will be available for purchase for those without a mask. Dressing rooms and the public restroom will remain closed.

VOLUNTEERS: Volunteer Program Manager Sarah Fisher will reach out directly to HSTC volunteers about reintroducing volunteers to the facilities.

HUMANE EDUCATION: Pet Therapy and other Humane Education programs are suspended through the rest of May. The HSTC annual summer camp is still planned as originally scheduled.

The HSTC shelter and both thrift stores will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.

About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) is a no-kill animal welfare organization located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, FL. Since 1955, it has been the leading advocate for animal protection and well-being in the Martin County area. A 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization, the HSTC is independent and locally operated and relies on donations to support its programs and services. Follow the HSTC on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/humanesocietyTC and Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/hstc1. For more information, visit https://www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822. # # #

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Keeping your Pet Busy During Quarantine Time

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Article by: Robin Hall - Out2News/Out2martincounty.com

DogTV is worth booting up for pooch pleasure

The only thing better than binge-watching episodes of “Friday Night Lights” or “The West Wing” while social distancing is doing so with a furry friend. When you take a break or read a book, though, log onto DogTV so they can have some entertainment, too. There’s currently a 30-day free trial period for the streaming website, which features several canine-friendly videos for stimulation, relaxation and exposure. (Also on tap: lots of helpful how-to videos for owners, including how to make liver pate!) It’s pretty fun for a human to watch, too, with all kinds of cute dogs, though the soothing music might put you and nearby companions in a napping mindset.

Playing outside is refreshing but keep it fun inside, too

In a period of self-isolation, it’s still OK to walk your dog in your neighborhood or, if you have a fenced-in backyard, let them loose to run around. Invest in a Chuckit! launcher or just grab a tennis ball and play fetch – it’s especially fun if you have a young child who needs some exercise, too. The fun doesn’t have to end inside, though. Treat-dispensing puzzle toys where dogs have to use their noggins to get a snack are good to have around the house (especially if you’re trying to get work done or homeschooling your human children), rubber toys and plastic keys are favorite chewing items, but also have options like ropes for tug of war where you can also have a blast.

Healthy treats will help everybody get through mealtime

Being home a lot more means a lot more meals where hungry pups might be hanging around begging or at least annoyingly parked at your feet. That might be a good time for a treat, though don’t make them a peanut butter and jelly sandwich if you’re having one. Instead, opt for apple slices, celery or carrots that will quell their taste buds as you finish up. (Good luck getting them off your case if you’re making a steak sandwich.)

Show them all the love

Engaging with your pet is important – maybe you want to take funny pictures of them to send to social-distancing relatives or re-create famous movie scenes for a blog (pictures are what I'm all about). Some extra care and attention are also key because if this coronavirus crisis is stressing you out, they’ll feel it, too. If your dog loves napping next to you, have a stack of blankets for snuggling. Or if your dog is more like a cat, let him have enough alone time. A bond between human and canine is strong, and fostering that will help everybody through tough times.

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Martin Downs Animal Hospital Coronavirus Update

Due to the concerns of COVID-19, our hospital has modified our protocols to keep the safety of both our clients and staff in mind. We are no longer having clients come into the facility in order to practice social distancing appropriately. Our goal is to stay healthy so we may continue to serve our community and the pets they love!

Questions Answers for Your Pets During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Article by: Cesar Pet Products

Can my Pet Catch Coronavirus?

There is no evidence that pets can be infected with the human COVID-19 virus and no evidence they can be a source of infection to people. Coronaviruses tend to be species specific, i.e., dogs and cats have their own version of the virus and are not affected by human viruses.

Should my pet wear a mask?

There’s no scientific evidence that masks protect pets from infectious diseases or air pollutants. Pets’ faces are more varied than human faces so a mask is unlikely to fit properly. We can't explain to pets why we are putting something on their face so they may get scared.

Is There a Risk my Pet Could get Coronavirus From Your Food?

Please be assured that the current coronavirus outbreak does not pose a food safety risk to humans or pets, either through packaging or the food itself. The processing conditions involved in the production of our food products are sufficient to destroy the virus.

What's the Best Way to Protect my Pet From Getting Coronavirus?

There's no evidence that pets can be infected with the human COVID-19 virus and no evidence they can be a source of infection to people. We recommend:
- thorough hand-washing
- keeping pets away from anyone infected
- confining pets if they've been around someone infected

I Can't Get my Usual Food. Is it OK for me to Switch Diet?

Yes! Ideally, choose a similar food (dry or wet) and slowly incorporate small amounts of the new food over the course of one week to ensure that a sudden change does not cause a dietary upset.

Should I still take my pet for a walk?

Absolutely - take your pet for a walk on a leash, preferably with limited to no interaction with other people or pets. It's good for you too.

Calling on Foster Pet Parents During Social Distancing Period

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Palm City - The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) is calling on people during this time of recommended social distancing to volunteer to be a foster pet parent. Due to COVID-19, the HSTC has reduced its hours of operation at its Palm City shelter and closed its two Thrift Stores, which normally both have areas for adoptable cats. This has prompted the need for more people to provide foster care for its shelter animals.

Certain qualifications must be met to provide a foster home for a pet and may be found on the HSTC’s website, www.hstc1.org.

“If you’ve considered providing foster care to one of our shelter pets, now is the perfect time,” said HSTC President & CEO Frank Valente. “A shelter pet provides unconditional love and would provide company, especially to those who are living alone and perhaps feeling isolated during this challenging time.”

About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) is a no-kill animal welfare organization located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, FL. Since 1955, it has been the leading advocate for animal protection and well-being in the Martin County area. A 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization, the HSTC is independent and locally operated and relies on donations to support its programs and services. Follow the HSTC on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/humanesocietyTC and Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/hstc1. For more information, visit https://www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.

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Article by: Robin Hall – Out2News/Out2martincounty.com

Spring cleaning takes on a whole new meaning when you have a pet. Cleaning up after a pet is challenging enough, further complicated by the fact that many commercial household cleaning products contain ingredients that can be harmful to pets.

There are plenty of ways to keep your pets protected while you engage in some seasonal scrubbing.

Why Is Pet Safe Cleaning Important?

Commercial cleaning products generally have a long list of unfamiliar sounding ingredients, many of which can be toxic to our pets. Pets encounter cleaning products in a variety of ways, and even a small amount of ingested or inhaled can cause damage, thanks to ingredients such as ammonia, phthalates, chlorine, phenols, and alcohol. Many of these chemicals are extremely poisonous, and some are known animal carcinogens.

Buyer Beware

Certain brands are made with safety and biodegradability in and can generally be found alongside traditional cleaning products at most major stores. Cat owners should try to avoid any product containing essential oils, as some can be irritating or even toxic to cats.

If you use a traditional commercial cleaning product in your home, dilute it when appropriate and keep pets out of the area until products are dry. Make sure you store any cleaning product out of reach of a curious pet.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is an inexpensive, non-toxic product that you probably already have in your cupboard, but did you know it works wonders as a cleaning agent?

  • Sprinkle a layer of baking soda in the litter box before adding fresh litter to neutralize odor
  • Mix with water and use to scrub sinks, pet food and water bowls, and other non-porous surfaces
  • For embarrassing toilet bowl rings, pour baking soda and lemon juice into the bowl, let sit for 10 minutes, and scrub
  • Add ½ cup to the laundry to deodorize pet bedding

Distilled White Vinegar

White vinegar has been a beloved all-purpose cleaner for decades. Although it has a distinctive odor, it generally evaporates within a few minutes, leaving your home sparkling clean. Simply combine ½ cup of white vinegar with 1 gallon of water and pour into a spray bottle for a safe, effective, all-purpose cleaner for:

  • Glass
  • Sinks and faucets
  • Litter boxes
  • Feeding dishes
  • Non-porous pet toys
  • Carpet stains (mix with salt, borax, or cornstarch)

We all love our furry friends, so keep your eyes open for any harmful things out there that might put our friends in harm’s way.  Happy Spring to you and your furry friends from Out2News/Out2martincounty.com

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Mar Dogs on Diet

Article by: Latasha Ball

Does your dog have food allergies? Here’s why a limited ingredient formula may be the best way to accommodate her dietary needs.

Is your dog licking her paws excessively? Does she seem to be itching her ears or body at every available moment? Chances are she may be suffering from food or environmental allergies. But how do you know for sure? And if it is a food allergy, what type of diet is best for your pup? Let’s look into this further.
Food allergies: what are they and how do they affect my dog?

Food allergies are immune system reactions to a certain ingredient that your dog is exposed to. Symptoms can include itchy skin, hives, upset stomach, swollen facial features, and reoccurring ear or paw infections. Typically, food allergies develop when a dog has been exposed to the same ingredient repeatedly throughout her life. “Some think that rotating protein and fiber sources in your dog’s diet may help to minimize the occurrence of food allergies,” says veterinarian Dr. Bradley Quest. “Although this is not scientifically proven, it may help some individuals because the dog’s immune system is not constantly exposed to the same food ingredients all the time.”

According to Dr. Quest, a food intolerance – as opposed to an allergy – can occur at the initial exposure to a specific food ingredient and is usually not a result of an immune system reaction. “Food intolerances usually manifest as gastrointestinal symptoms,” he says. Gastrointestinal symptoms in dogs consist of but are not limited to a change in appetite, changes in stool quality or quantity, weight loss, and abdominal pain.
How to know if your dog has a food allergy

The best way to know if your dog has a food allergy is to talk with your veterinarian. He or she knows your dog best, and can properly diagnose your pup. Once the diagnosis is made, your vet may put your dog on a food elimination diet – a diet that involves feeding your dog a single protein and a single fiber source for anywhere from 8–12 weeks as needed. If you notice during this period that your dog’s allergic symptoms do not surface or reoccur, then you can rule that the allergy was not the result of the ingredients she was eating.

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Do Dogs Dream?

Whether or not dogs dream isn’t known with scientific certainty, but it sure is difficult to imagine that they don’t. We’ve all watched our dogs demonstrate behaviors in their sleep that resemble what they do in a fully awake state. Paddling legs, whining, growling, wagging tails, chewing jowls, and twitching noses inspire us to wonder what our dogs are dreaming about.

What we know about dogs and dreams

While our knowledge on this topic is very limited, the following known information helps us believe that dogs do indeed experience dreams. When we observe our dogs as they sleep, it’s just about impossible to imagine that they are not dreaming. Just like the rats studied by Wilson and Louie, it is tempting to believe that our four-legged best buddies are reenacting their recent experiences; playing at the dog park, sniffing in the woods, chewing on a treasured bone, and chasing squirrels.The National Institutes of Health says that Sigmund Freud theorized that dreaming was a “safety valve” for our unconscious desires. Perhaps he is correct, and, when our dogs sleep, they dream about catching the neighbor’s pesky cat, continuous belly rubs in conjunction with unlimited dog treats, and stealing the Thanksgiving turkey from the dining room table.

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats


2/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 large eggs
3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.

Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.

Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.*
Let cool completely.

DIY Homemade Dog Food

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1 1/2 cups brown rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 pounds ground turkey
3 cups baby spinach, chopped
2 carrots, shredded
1 zucchini, shredded
1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen


In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside

Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks.

Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through, about 3-5 minutes.

Let cool completely.

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This Might Be the Best Way to Entertain a Bored Dog on a Rainy Day

Article by: Justin Palmer

If your dog is like mine, they are not at all fans of inclement weather!
The moment the rain starts, my dog’s personality changes and she becomes restless. If the rain lasts long enough, she begins to act depressed, moping around, begging me for something to do (or better yet, something to eat!)

About 6 months ago, I discovered a tactic that forever changed our activities when the weather sours.
Why “Nose Work” Can Be Your Dog’s Best Friend During Stormy Weather

For a dog, their sense of smell is absolutely crucial to their mental and physical health.
The term “nose work” was created to define the professional canine scent detection training activity translated to pet dogs. It’s an easy-to-learn, fun activity to engage in with your pet and has even become a competitive sport.
Nose work can help build your dog’s focus, confidence, and enhance general obedience training. Overactive dogs can use nose work to focus their energy into a productive activity (great for bad weather!).
Our Favorite Way to Get Your Dog Started with Nose Work
Our Favorite Way to Get Your Dog Started with Nose Work
While you can hide treats anywhere, my dog LOVES the Sniff Diggy™ Nose Work Mat, which was specifically designed to make sniffing out treats just challenging enough.

Simply hide treats inside the durable cloth fabric, and watch your dog use their nose and brain sniffing them out.
You can hide kibble or small treats in between the strips.


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Article 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