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Rescue and foster for a better tomorrow.

I have been involved in dog rescue for over 5 years. I volunteer at adoption events, walk and train dogs at the local shelter and am involved in the day to day operations of rescue. I have fostered more than 300 dogs in my career. With a masters in business administration and over 10 years of experience in Business Operations, I am managing the rescue side of the organization.

We Need to Take Pet Loss Seriously

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Anyone who owns a pet knows that losing a beloved pet is a very emotionally devastating experience. The New England Journal of Medicine reported in October 2017 that her dog died, a woman experienced “broken heart syndrome”—a condition in which the response to grief is so severe the person exhibits symptoms that mimic a heart attack, including elevated hormone levels that can be 30 times greater than normal.
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-we-need-to-take-pet-loss-seriously/?utm_medium=social&utm_content=organic&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=SciAm_&sf204251954=1
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Although grief over the loss of a cherished pet may be as intense and even as lengthy as when a significant person in our life dies, our process of mourning is quite different. Many of the societal mechanisms of social and community support are absent when a pet dies.
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How do you grieve when your beloved pet dies? Are you comfortable sharing your grief with others?
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Feeling sad, shocked, or lonely is a normal reaction to the loss of a beloved pet. Exhibiting these feelings doesn’t mean you are weak or your feelings are somehow misplaced. It just means that you’re mourning the loss of an animal you loved, so you shouldn’t feel ashamed.
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Because your pet was an everyday part of your life, even the most mundane tasks can be heartbreaking. You might catch yourself getting ready to feed your dog, only to remember your pet is gone. Chances are, you will come home sometimes expecting your dog to greet you.
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Doing something special to preserve the memory of your beloved companion can be very therapeutic. Some pet owners even decide to have a small memorial service after the death of a pet. The important thing is to do something from your heart that will help you remember your dog and process your grief.
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Consider displaying one or more of the items (paw print, a lock of hair, dog collar, favorite small toy) in a window-box frame with a photo of your dog. A small inscription with your dog's name will complete the memorial. You can even hang it near one of your dog's favorite spots in your home.
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Consider planting a tree or other plant in your yard, and scatter some of the cremains (ashes) in the dirt around the plant. A decorative stepping stone can be placed there with a message or the name of your pet.
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Express your feelings in words with a poem, story, blog post, or another memorial to your dog. A written tribute will help you process your emotions.
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The most important thing to remember is that grief takes time. You will always miss your companion, but things will get better. At first, there will be more bad days than good. Then, you will find that the bad and good days are even. Soon, you will have fewer bad days, and it will be easier to focus on the happy memories with less sadness.
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Future pets cannot replace your lost companion, but they might help fill a void. Just be sure to wait until the time is right.
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People who have never had a pet might not understand the loss and may invalidate your feelings as you go through the grieving process, but don’t allow them to dictate your feelings. It is normal to feel devastated after the loss of a pet. It is common to believe that your dog or cat will still be around to greet you at the door when you arrive home. Many people feel disloyal if they decide to adopt another pet.
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If you or a loved one has recently lost a pet, try to remember your companion by keeping the love alive.
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