People love their pets and we treat them as if they’re members of the family. When a pet passes, it can be a very dark time in our lives. The loss of a pet often times feels like the loss of a close relative and is likely to affect both physical and mental health. Researchers from the University of Hawaii’s animal science department did a study to determine the level of grief and stress that a pet owner experiences when a pet dies. The veterinary clinic interviewed 106 pet owners and found that 52 percent had lost one or more pets from natural causes and 37 percent had lost a pet to euthanasia. Although many pet owners experience great grief when a pet dies, about 30 percent reported grief that lasted six months or longer. Severe grief that resulted in major life disruption was not as common however; it was estimated to have been experienced by as high as 12 percent of those studied. Although the loss of a pet if often times life altering, it is not always recognized by friends, acquaintances, or co-workers. Because the loss of pet doesn’t always get treated as a significant or authentic occasion for grieving, people may not always know how to cope with their loss or a friend’s loss. Continue reading
Dogs are a man’s best friend, so why not give them their own holiday? Since 2004 August 26th has been celebrated annually as National Dog day. National Dog Day was founded by Colleen Paige as a way to draw attention to the need for pet rescue. It is also a day for you to honor that special dog or dogs that have brightened up your life with their companionship.
Celebrate today by adopting a dog from a rescue home or by taking time out of your day to appreciate your trusty companion. Dogs bring love and companionship to so many people all over the world and can be something that people sometimes take for granted. For all those times you have trusted on your canine best friend to keep you safe, comfort you, and love you here are just a few dog-tastic ways you can say thank you. Continue reading