How to Go Through the Grieving Process of Losing a Pet

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Losing a pet can be one of the most challenging experiences an individual can go through. Pets provide us with companionship, love, and support, and their loss leaves a gaping hole in our lives. The grieving process following the death of a pet is unique to each individual, but there are some general guidelines that can help you cope with your loss. This blog post will discuss the stages of grief, how to deal with emotions like sadness and anger, and ways to honor your pet’s memory.

1) Denial

This is when you try to convince yourself that your pet is still alive, even though they’re not. You might keep expecting them to come home or feel like you see them out of the corner of your eye. Denial can be a way of protecting yourself from the pain of loss felt during Small animal cremation, but it’s important to face reality so that you can begin to heal eventually.

2) Anger

After the initial shock of your pet’s death wears off, you might start to feel angry. You might be mad at yourself for not spending more time with them or at the person who euthanized them if they were sick. It’s important to express your anger in a healthy way, such as by talking to a friend or writing in a journal. Avoid taking your anger out on others, as this will only make you feel worse.

3) Bargaining

This is when you start to make deals with yourself or with a higher power in an attempt to bring your pet back. For example, you might find yourself promising to be a better person if only your pet could be alive again. Or you might try to convince yourself that their death wasn’t real and that they’ll come home any day now.

4) Depression

This is when the reality of your pet’s death really starts to sink in. You might feel numb or find yourself crying all the time. It’s normal to feel depressed after losing a pet, but it’s important to get help if you’re struggling to function in your everyday life.

5) Acceptance

This is when you finally come to terms with the fact that your pet is gone. Of course, you might still feel sad or have days where you feel like you’re grieving all over again. But acceptance means that you’ve started to move on with your life and that you’re beginning to heal.

If you’re having trouble accepting the death of your pet, try talking to someone who will understand and offer support. Write down your favorite memories of your pet, or look at pictures together with friends or family members. Acknowledging the death of your pet is an essential step in the grieving process.

In conclusion, it’s important to remember that everyone grieves in their own way, and there is no “right” or “wrong” way to do it. Also, there is no timeline for grief, and you might find yourself moving back and forth between the different stages. Just try to be patient with yourself, and give yourself time to heal.

Sarah x

What To Consider When Adopting A Cat

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If you want to get a cat, you might want to adopt one from a shelter instead of buying one from a breeder or pet store. One reason is that it costs less. Before a cat is put up for adoption, the adoption fee usually pays for a health check, shots, and spaying or neutering. 

Before putting a cat up for adoption, many shelters also look at her personality and temperament. They can help you choose a cat that fits your home, personality, and way of life. Shelters also have many different kinds of cats, from young to old, with long hair to short hair, and with different colors, coat patterns, and personalities. A lot of shelters have different kinds of purebred cats. But a cat shelter can be hard to navigate because there are so many cats to choose from. Here are some tips that will help you narrow down your choices and find the best fit.

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Consider Your Lifestyle 

Before you start looking for a cat to adopt, you should think about what you want your new pet to be like. For this, it’s vital to consider how you live and who you are. Do you work a full-time job, travel a lot, or have a lot of evening social events? If this starts to sound like you, you should possibly choose an independent cat who doesn’t need much attention. If her human companion is always gone, a cuddlebug cat may feel lonely.

A cat that is very loving or has a lot of energy is a great pet for someone who likes to stay at home. If you have a lot of free time and are patient, you can keep up with a wild kitten that zips around the house, bats toys around, and attacks your fingers for fun. If you’re looking for a cat to cuddle with at the end of a long day, you might want to adopt a calm and friendly cat.

Think about the people in your family as well. If you have young kids or other pets, for example, you should look for a cat that is calm, friendly, and used to being around people and other animals. If you can’t keep an eye on the kitten all the time, it might be best to get an older cat. Kittens are very cute, but they are also very fragile and can get hurt by little hands or older animals who don’t understand. Of course, with an older cat, you do need to be prepared for them to pass away sooner, and arranging a cat cremation can help with this loss. 

Choosing Your Cat

There are often adoption counselors on hand at shelters who can help you find the right cat. If there are no counselors available, you can still talk to shelter volunteers and staff who have spent significant time with each cat and learned about their personalities. If you’re by yourself when you meet a cat for the first time in a shelter, it can be hard to figure out what kind of person she really is since the cat may be stressed out and change her behavior to deal with the situation.

Adopting a cat from a shelter is a good thing to do. Not only is it fun to take care of a new friend, but it’s also fun to know you saved a cat. When you adopt a cat from a shelter, you make room for another cat in need to be saved. If you follow these rules, you’ll be able to find a good match for both you and your new cat.

Sarah x

Things you need to know when adopting a new addition to your family

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Are you considering adding a new furry friend to your family? If so, there are a few things you need to take into account before committing. Adopting a dog is a big responsibility, and it’s essential to make sure you’re ready for the added work and expense. This blog post will discuss five things you need before bringing home your new pup!

Sufficient space for your pup

1. The first thing you need to do is make sure your home is ready for a new addition. This means having a space that is puppy-proofed, with no small items that can be chewed or swallowed and plenty of space for your pup to run and play. You’ll also need all the necessary supplies, like food and water bowls, a collar and leash, toys, and so on.

If you’re not sure what kind of supplies you’ll need, ask your local pet store or shelter for advice. They’ll be able to help you stock up on everything you need before bringing your new dog home.

Do your research

2. It’s also important to do your research before you adopt. There are many different breeds of dogs, and each one has unique needs and personality traits. You’ll want to make sure you choose a breed that is compatible with your lifestyle and that you’re prepared to care for properly. For example, if you live in a small apartment, adopting a Kerris Havanese is a good idea as they are a small breed that does not require ample space

Doing your research ahead of time will help you find the perfect pup for your family!

Does your lifestyle allow a pup?

3. Another vital consideration is whether or not you have the time to care for a new dog. Dogs require daily exercise, plenty of attention, and regular grooming. If you work long hours or travel often, it might not be the right time for you to adopt. It’s essential to think about your lifestyle and whether or not you’re able to commit to taking care of a dog before making the decision to adopt.

If you’re not sure if you have the time for a new pet, consider getting a dog-walking or pet-sitting service to help out. This can take some of the pressure off of you while still giving your new pup the love and attention they need.

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Financial stability

4. Another thing to think about is whether or not you’re ready for the financial responsibility of owning a dog. Dogs require regular vet check-ups and vaccinations, and they can be expensive to care for if they get sick or injured. You’ll also need to budget for food, toys, and other supplies. If you’re not sure you can afford a new dog, consider adopting an older dog from a shelter.

Older dogs often have fewer medical needs and can be just as loving as puppies!

Adopting a new dog is a big decision, but it can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Just make sure you’re prepared before taking the plunge!

Time-consuming 

5. Lastly, be prepared to give your new dog plenty of love and attention. Dogs are social creatures and need plenty of time to bond with their owners. Make sure you’re prepared to spend quality time with your new pup and help them adjust to life in your home.

Bringing home a new dog is an exciting time for everyone involved. Just make sure you’re prepared before taking the plunge!

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Finding The Right Dog For Your Family

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Getting a dog is a huge investment of money, time, and effort. It’s important to ensure that your dog can fit in with your household needs and that you can tackle the new responsibility. The breed of dog that you adopt is one of the most important considerations to keep in mind before taking one on. However, it’s more than worth the extra effort to ensure that your new furry friend can settle in as part of the family. Here are just some great family dog breeds to consider.

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Australian Cobberdogs

Ausmate Australian Cobberdogs are fantastic all-rounders, and you have the advantage of knowing exactly what you’re getting. They have soft, non-shedding fur and are very trainable. This breed is often used as assistance or therapy dogs, because of their intelligence and loving nature. 

These dogs are bred from pedigree, genetically health-tested dogs so that you know that your pet will be healthy. The breed is tightly registered and each dog or puppy should come with an MDBA pedigree. There are three different sized of the Australian Cobberdog so that you can find one that best suits your lifestyle.

Golden Retrievers

The golden retriever is a hugely popular breed, and for good reason. These strong, athletic dogs thrive with plenty of exercise, which makes them ideal for active families who want a companion to keep up with them. However, golden retrievers can be calm indoors, so you can settle down and relax as well.

They are intelligent and obedient, which makes them particularly easy to train as puppies or adults. They adore humans and get on well with other dogs as well. These dogs are playful and adore retrieval games like fetch.

Beagles

Beagles are a medium-sized breed, so they can fit a bit better in smaller properties. They were bred as hunting dogs but make wonderful family pets as well. Most beagles have relatively few health problems, so you can enjoy them at their prime for longer with proper care.

These dogs love exploring the outdoors and are remarkably calm and tolerant, so they’re good with children. They’re hardy and active but can settle down and relax as well as any dog at times. Brush their hair regularly to keep them looking healthy and to minimize shedding.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

These dogs are considered on the borderline of small and toy in size, which means that they can fit comfortably into smaller properties and apartments. While they’re perfect as adorable lapdogs, cavaliers can be surprisingly sporty and active, easily keeping up with most families.

Cavaliers are also adorable and friendly, they love kids and other dogs alike. They can have some major health problems, so make sure that you get your cavalier from a trusted dog breeder who health checks their dogs. 

Poodles

Despite their glamourous appearance, poodles can be as playful and as exuberant as any other dog. They were bred originally as hunting and shepherding dogs, so they’re very intelligent and active. Poodles come in three sizes, and all of them are intelligent and sport a fluffy, hypoallergenic coat.

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Afraid of Getting a Pet? Here Are Some Considerations To Keep In Mind

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Getting a pet is something that can often transform your life in a positive way. However, it’s understandable if you might have some concerns about getting a pet. So in this post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the biggest considerations to keep in mind so that you can be fully prepared for what it means to have one in your home.

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Remember that pet ownership isn’t temporary

Owning a pet is something that will span anywhere from a few years to a lifetime. Dogs and cats can be pets that last anywhere up to 15 or more years, and even smaller pets can spend years of their life with you. There are many families that treat pets like objects which they own for just a couple of years because it’s a seasonal thing, and this is what leads many dogs, cats, and other pets to be abandoned.

Luckily, many of these pets are eventually adopted and will end up in loving homes with new families. However, many of these pets still go through the trauma of being abandoned and some of them will forever be changed. So try not to see a pet as just something that only lasts for a few years. Sometimes, they can be with you for an entire lifetime, and it’s best to prepare for future responsibilities.

Treating your pet to a good lifestyle

Many people believe that they can’t treat their pets to a good lifestyle because it’s either too expensive or too time-consuming. Sadly, this is true for the most part and having a pet means you should be doing everything you can to provide them with a comfortable life. Whether that means looking for luxury dog beds for sale, giving them healthy and nutritious food, or even just playing with them on a regular basis, it’s important to think about how you can better provide for your pet.

If you think that this is too much commitment then you may want to reconsider owning a pet. While it can be a lot of fun and will offer companionship, you need to think about the practicality of owning a pet and if you’re able to offer them a good lifestyle. Thankfully, this is usually true for larger pets such as cats and dogs, so there’s always the option of going for something that is less stressful to maintain such as fish.

Owning a pet can be expensive

If you’re thinking about owning a dog, a cat, or any other pet that requires quite a bit of maintenance and care, then you need to consider the expenses. Whether it’s buying food, veterinary fees, or even just paying for grooming, there are lots of different costs that you need to keep in mind and many of them aren’t exactly cheap.

If you currently aren’t in a good situation to pay for these expenses, then you may want to wait until you have more financial stability to get a pet. There are also less expensive pets to consider such as fish or even hamsters which don’t require as much investment.

Sarah x

Is It Time To Say Goodbye To Your Pet?

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It is expected that almost two out of every three Americans will open their hearts and their homes to a companion animal. Even more so during a pandemic, when life can be frightening and unpredictable, the comfort and stability provided by a pet are essential. 

In this post, we will look at some of the ways that, when the time comes for your beloved pet to cross the rainbow bridge, you can deal with the grief and learn to live without their physical presence in your life.

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Saying goodbye to your pet

When is the best moment to do something?

Pet owners may find this to be the most difficult decision they have ever had to make. When making a decision, remember to consider what is best for your pet, no matter how difficult the decision may seem to be.

Because no two cases are alike, consulting with your veterinarian will be beneficial. Because they are less emotionally invested, it may be simpler for them to think about what is best for your pet and to guide you through the various options accessible to you. You can ask them as many questions as you want – no inquiry is too silly – because they are there to provide advice.

Do not forget to reach out to your family and friends for emotional assistance as well.

Getting ready to say goodbye

Unfortunately, we frequently feel as if we have little control over our pet’s fate at this period, which can be distressing for some pet owners.

Concentrate on the aspects of the situation that you can influence. For example, you can request that your veterinarian come to your home in order to make your pet more comfortable.

You can also consider where your pet will be buried or cremated after they have passed away. 

How to move on after the death of a pet

– Reach out to others who understand

The pain of loss is hard to bear, especially when the one you have lost is a pet who has been with you for many years. If this has happened to you, or someone that you know, then it’s time to reach out to others who understand.

The most important thing at this moment is that you’re not alone in your experience. A pet owner’s grief is often more intense than the grief of a person who has lost a human family member or friend because they have been with them for so much longer and shared so many memories together.

If there are local resources available for grieving pet owners, contact them and ask what they can do to help because sometimes just knowing that someone else understands how tough it can be can really bring some relief.

– Be kind to yourself

Take good care of yourself. While you are going through the grieving process, make an effort to engage in some self-care activities. This might be accomplished by making some more time for your regular self-care activities or by attempting something new that you believe will be therapeutic for you.

If you feel the need, take some time off from work.

Among the self-care activities, you might try at home are the following:

  • Hot bubble baths
  • Yoga or meditation
  • Journaling
  • Walking

– Find ways to memorialize your animal

Creating a memorial for your pet is a wonderful way to express your affection for them. If you enjoy creating things, consider writing, building a photo collage, or setting up a rest area for them either inside or outside of your home to keep them close to you. You can also look at some beautiful urns for pets to have them in your home with you at all times. Some people like to have ashes made into things like rings or necklaces to wear as well.

– Put their things away at your own speed

Some people may wish to give or pack away their pet’s belongings as soon as possible after a loss so that they do not need to see them while others may need to do it over a longer period of time. It may be difficult to let go of your pet’s belongings at first, but allow yourself to move at a speed that is comfortable for you.

It is important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to do things. If you do not want to keep the things for yourself, why not consider donating them to an animal shelter to help give another animal a bit of joy and happiness and carry on their legacy?

– Understand that the way that you feel is normal and valid

Being absolutely heartbroken after the death of a pet is nothing to be worried or embarrassed about – they are completely valid feelings and emotions. Remember, they are a part of your family as well.

– Recognize that the way that you grieve may be different from the way someone else grieves

According to the Kübler-Ross model, mourning is divided into five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance or adaptation. 

Your path through these phases, even from one day to the next, will be unique to you and your circumstances. Each person goes through these stages at their own pace and in their own way, and they can go back and forth between them. There is no consistent way to approach grieving, denial, rage, bargaining, or any of those phases – it is not a linear process. 

We must acknowledge that people are experiencing these emotions, and we must encourage and lead them through each of these diverse emotional reactions.

– Hold a remembrance ceremony

People who have lost a beloved pet often find great consolation in gathering with friends and family to commemorate them. It is a time for them to say their goodbyes while also commemorating the pet’s existence. The ceremonies can be heartbreaking, but they can also be extremely cathartic.

– Make sure your whole family is supported – children and other animals

The loss of a fluffy pal has an impact on everyone in the household. You may need to comfort your other pets as well, as they are likely to be grieving as well. If you have multiple pets in the house, they will mourn the loss of their companion.

Children may also require further help because the death of a pet may be their first personal experience with death. This may be their first real opportunity to lose someone.  We have to make certain that we are able to assist them in times of sadness, death, and dying. It is a whole new experience for them, and it can be really frightening for them.

Above all, remember that it will take time to come to terms with the loss of a pet. If you do not obtain another pet straight soon, and even if you do welcome another pet into your household, there will be a period of adjustment before everything is back to normal. At the end of the day, you realize that your pet just wants you to be happy.   You never really “move on” — you just keep moving forward, and the attachment you have with each pet is unique. They can’t be replaced for a like-for-like companion. 

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When is the right time to get a new pet?

If you get a new pet before you have had enough time to work through your grief, and this may result in issues with the pet as well as with yourself. So, when is the best time to make a decision? Due to the fact that everyone grieves in their unique way, there is no uniform solution to that issue.

Some people find that the loneliness of an empty house makes grieving more difficult, and a new pet can be a comfort during this time. Others, on the other hand, may harbor resentment against a pet that was acquired too soon. This is the best moment to get yourself a new pet since you will have worked over your grief sufficiently to feel secure in the knowledge that you will be able to look forward to new relationships rather than backward at your loss. Depending on the individual, this could take a matter of days or weeks; for others, it could take months or years.

When a pet passes away, grieving is a perfectly normal and natural reaction. Never allow anyone to tell you that you are insane or ridiculous for grieving over “just an animal.” Never allow anyone to convince you otherwise. The end of a relationship is painful; thus, do whatever you need to do to get through the painful period. Cry, punch a pillow, chat to a friend or support group, and plan a memorial service that will allow you to pay honor to your pet while also saying farewell to him or her. Then, when the time is perfect for you, you will be able to share your affections with a new, carefully selected animal companion.

Sarah x