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22 October 2008 - 12:25 am
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Came across a hospice guide line  ... It is very beautiful, please read:

 

EDIT: The site originally posted here is no longer available, but we have found some very similar resources...

Georgia's Legacy: Pet Hospice Care

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Related Tripawds articles:

Doug Koktavy's Legacy of Beezer and Boomer

Hospice Care for Dogs

How we knew when to say goodbye to Jerry

Kim & Angel Buster

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22 October 2008 - 12:52 am
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Thanks for sharing that! Beautiful indeed ....

... Promise to keep my memory alive
in all you do everyday.

That's one promise that is easy to keep!

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I loved this and am so grateful that I can say we pretty much did all these things. It helps ease the pain to know I really did make Abbey last days as comfortable and loving as we knew how to. I miss her so much but still have no regrets, just a void. Peace to all, Diane Riley

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Kim, The "Animal Hospice Guidelines" were beautifully written and I have saved them to an email to myself, so I will be able to read it again in the future.  It will be helpful for some people who have doubt in their hearts when it's the right time to release their beloved animals from a life that has become to hard to endure.  I am still a great believer in the fact that our animals have given us so much devotion all through their lives, that it is so important to be there when we must say goodbye, so they can hear a familiar voice, or a soft hand stroking them and giving them reassurance in their final moments.  No one should ever have to go to their end alone, especially when that someone is a beloved animal who has given us nothing but love and loyalty throughout their entire lives.

Love, Blazer, Kitty Kimber & Mom (Vicki)

 

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Kim, thank you so much for sharing this- it is beautiful and spot on.

Christine & Sophie

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Second try...hope I do this right...

I want to thank you so much for the link to the hospice guide...there is nothing more I can possibly add that is adequate..

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That is one of the best reads ever. A lesson on life. Right now i'am going through the hospice guide with my best friend Dasha. When I get depressed about the situation with her I pull this out and it gives me strenght to continue. following the guide is the best gift I can give her.

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From Kim & Angel Buster:

"I just came across this saying & I wanted to share;

'It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.'

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Here's a great online grief support guide, as well as information on how you can get help directly from this organization:

Colorado State University's Argus Institute

"The Mission of the Argus Institute is to strengthen veterinarian-client-patient communication and support relationships between people and their companion animals. We do this by:

1. Offering support to people who are facing challenges surrounding their pet's healthcare.
2. Teaching compassionate communication to veterinary professionals.
3. Conducting research in veterinarian-client-patient communication.
4. Providing community outreach through the student-run Pet Hospice Program and the Human-Animal Bond Club.

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I am really having a hard time tonight and reading this helped a little bit even though my keyboard is dripping wet. I feel good in knowing I am and have done all this things and will see things til the end. i hope  i will know when the time is right and that i can be strong enough for my precious Jersey May.

Jersey May , Mr Red and Jon

My Sweet Jersey May. Lost her back left leg in 2001 at 1 year old. diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the remaining right rear leg May 2010 Left our world September 2010.

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jerseymay said:

I am really having a hard time tonight and reading this helped a little bit...

We're glad for that, thanks for letting us know. Others have found Doug Koktavy's book about his dogs Beezer and Boomer helpful in coping with the anticipatory grief your facing.

We shared our experiences of setting Jerry free, and many have commented that it helped them through their own difficult decisions too.

It's been said before about many a dog, but it's true ... Jersey May will let you know when the time is right. Until then, Carpe Dog!

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Another great article about hospice care by author Kyra Kirkwood:

Hospice Care for Dogs” (Dog’s Life Magazine, November 2010)

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Just came across this helpful post from the Humane Society:

Coping With the Death of Your Pet: How to cope when it's time to say goodbye

Here are a few suggestions to help you cope:

  • Acknowledge your grief and give yourself permission to express it.
  • Don't hesitate to reach out to others who can lend a sympathetic ear. The Delta Society offers a list of pet loss hotlines for those grieving over the death of a pet.
  • Write about your feelings, either in a journal or a poem.
  • Call your local humane society to see whether it offers a pet loss support group or can refer you to one.
  • Prepare a memorial for your pet.

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Many of you know Dr. Demian Dressler, author of the Dog Cancer Survival Guide. Dr. Dressler recently lost his beloved cat Ginsu, and shared his thoughts about coping with loss in this heartfelt blog post. It's such helpful reading if you are going through your own grief, we can't recommend it enough.

"Reflections Four Days After Departure"

I read a quite wise thing once.  It sounds a little grim but it actually is not- it can be joyful.  The short point was this:  if we live with the deliberately continued recognition that we may die at any time, it changes everything.

As I am passing through Ginsu’s departure, this is the gem I’ve gained. And I pray as the weeks, months and years travel by, that I remember this advise to myself.

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I was wondering if there is a new link to 'the hospice guideline' in the first post? I cant seem to find it.

Amanda & Porthos x

Angel Porthos, Pyrenean Mastiff, 7 years old Os front right leg, DX 18 May 2012, Amputation 14 June 2012, Hip Dysplasia, Two TPLO surgeries. Is now somewhere over the rainbow, 21 November 2013.

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