Welcome Pet Lovers!
As we head into the Winter Season, we are reminded of the holidays amongst us and the cold rainy days. As we get busy with special events or try to stay warm, let us not forget the homeless animals on the streets, in the shelters or those left outside with little to keep them warm. Unfortunately, often people need to be reminded that owning a dog is not just a privilege- it’s a responsibility. These animals depend on us for, at minimum, food and shelter, and deserve much more. If you were unaware, February marks Pet Dental Health Month, the American Veterinary Medical Association‘s (AVMA) annual effort to remind pet lovers to care for their pets’ teeth like they do their own. It’s also National Prevent a Litter Month. So, while most people are thinking of hearts and flowers for their loved ones or hats and mittens to help keep them warm, we’d like to remind and encourage people about spay/neuter, the best thing you can do for your pet. It’s also the best way to control homeless Cat Population through TNR (trap neuter release) or RTF (return to field).
If you’ve shared your heart and home with a beloved dog or cat, you will feel a great sense of loss and sorrow upon losing your companion. Our Fall issue was dedicated to my mom that lost her sweet Weimaraner, Sadie. Since then, my dear friends Robert & Christopher lost a 2 year old kitty. Carmella was a sweet tortoiseshell princess that I acquired at 3 weeks old. She lived a short but very spoiled and happy life. Beyond that loss, my in-laws had to put their beloved dog Bubba down. Lastly, my soul sister had to put down their family dog, which was also a Weimaraner named Blu. Blu was a well travelled companion for their family and brought much joy to them. As we know, either losing a pet or putting your pet down is never an easy decision to make, but we know they will no longer suffer. Both dogs were 14 years old and lost their lives to Cancer. My condolences go out to Robert & Christopher, The Norton’s and my in-laws, Rick and Mary. I once read ‘’There is no death. Only a change of worlds’’ therefore, I believe we will see them again one day.
Here’s a little poem for you and for all those that have lost
a pet, a family member, a companion and friend:
In Our Hearts
We thought of you today, But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday, And days before that too.
We think of you in silence, We often speak your name.
Now all we have is memories, And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake, With which we’ll never part.
God has you in his keeping, We have you in our heart.
For additional Animal Events to celebrate this Winter, Please view our calendar for a complete list of dates. In this issue, we’d like to recognize the following: Responsible Dog Ownership, National Prevent a Litter Month (HSUS) and Pet Dental Health Month (AVMA)
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