December 28th, 2018 by Laurie Brush
Aries became my dog after my son died unexpectedly – he only had him 3 weeks. I was a little unsure about keeping him, but he really helped me after Chris died. If he saw I was feeling down, he would bring a toy and want me to play with him. For the next 8 and a half years he was a great companion. Even after his health began to fail due to cancer, he was always there for me – I really miss that big goof.
I could not have asked for a better and more peaceful end for him. Amy was great – very gentle and reassuring. She helped make a very difficult decision easy to make. Thank you everyone for your kindness.
December 20th, 2018 by Laurie Brush
December 10, 2018 –
Harley’s last footprints…
Our pup, Harley, had surgery on November 12 to remove a blockage in his intestines. We didn’t know what the problem was at the time, he was refusing all food and we had to force water into him. The surgery revealed a malignant tumor that was causing a blockage in his intestines. No wonder he had lost 15 pounds over the course of a month!
The veterinarian was able to remove the worst of it and told us it was a grim prognosis with or without chemo treatment, survival of 2-6 months.
Within two days of the surgery he was feeling so much better and when the sutures were removed the day before Thanksgiving, he was feeling and acting like his old self, full of energy with a great appetite. Knowing that our eight year old pup’s days were numbered, we gave him the best we could. Tom and I both feel fortunate we have been able to truly appreciate him in his last days.
This past Sunday was a great day. Tom gave Harley a real feast at dinner time and then more because Harley had been doing so well and gaining back some of the weight he had lost. Sometime overnight, there was a dramatic change. He was very lethargic with a high fever on Monday morning. Over the day, he became more withdrawn, to the point we think he was somewhat comatose. We will never know what happened; possibly brain damage from high fever or a stroke, but he seemed comfortable and essentially slipped away over the course of two days.
Thank you everyone for your kind words. Tom and I are dog-lovers.
OMG!-Between us we have over 100 years of dog ownership! We both agree Harley was hands down the best dog either of us has had. I feel equal measures heartbroken and thankful for every second with this sweetheart.
Thank you so much for helping us with this transition. Being able to have Harley home, comfy in his bed for his last moments was priceless. Your comforting words and gestures helped so much, Dr. Tay.
December 19th, 2018 by Heaven At Home Staff
You might think holiday stress is confined to last-minute-shopping humans, over-burdened hosts or folks with in-laws they secretly refer to as “outlaws.” If the holidays are stressful for you, imagine how your aging pet feels. Your own stress plus the bustle of the holiday season compounds pet stress, and it takes elderly animals longer to bounce back. Follow these tips to help your pets have a stress-free, happy holiday.
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December 18th, 2018 by Heaven At Home Staff
Whether you recently experienced the passing of a pet or are having trouble letting go after some time has passed, The Heaven at Home team has resources that may help you through this difficult time. Books can be an invaluable part of your support system, and we’ve curated a few below that we feel will really help a pet parent navigate the loss. Read the rest of this entry »
December 7th, 2018 by Heaven At Home Staff
The Heaven at Home team knows that grieving the passing of your fur-baby is difficult and requires all the support you can get. On top of dealing with your own loss, if you have children, you also have to help them navigate what might be their first experience of losing a loved one. Books can play a helpful role in helping your child through the process.
The following are a few of the “gold standard” books written for children that are designed to help grieve a pet who has passed. Read the rest of this entry »