Hearing dogs change lives, Luna’s story of devotion, service and tragic loss
Lions Hearing Dogs – Luna at the Library. Photo: supplied
More than a companion, hearing dogs give their owners the opportunity to become more independent and have even saved lives.
Hearing dogs trained by Lions Hearing Dogs Australia alert their owners to sounds in the home by touching the owner with a paw—things like knocks on the door, a baby crying or the phone ringing. Most importantly, hearing dogs alert their owners to life-saving sounds like smoke alarms.
Hearing dog recipient, Rosanna McClifty had just 17 months with her dog, a Papillion X Chihuahua called Luna before tragedy struck. Rosanna shares her heartwarming and heartbreaking story about her life with Luna and the special bond between them. Continue Reading →
5 ways to cope with pet loss and grief
Beloved Rosie. Photo: Cathy Beer
The decision to euthanase a pet is one of the most difficult decisions you may have to make. If you are facing this decision, this is not an easy time for you. Cathy Beer shares her personal journey of pet euthanasia and a few tips to help you face it without fear.
You need to be prepared, too, for the depth of feelings evoked through pet loss and grief. Grieving the death of a pet is a no different or less than any other grief. It’s a different experience for each person, and there is no right or wrong way of doing it.
Here are five ways to help you cope with pet loss and grief. Continue Reading →
Pet euthanasia – a personal journey
Cathy Beer and Toby
Many pet parents will eventually have to face pet euthanasia. In this edition of the Bark n Purr, I share with you my story of pet euthanasia and a few tips to help you face it without fear.
On Monday 14th December 2015, my husband and I had to make the heart breaking decision to put our 15 year old rescue dog, Toby, to sleep. We knew euthanasia was the best thing to do. It would be our final act of love for our rapidly deteriorating dog. Nevertheless we were grief stricken at the thought of not seeing Toby again.
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