An Abandoned Puppy-Mill Dog. On a brutally cold December morning, a cage containing a four-pound Pomeranian, was found in a snow drift at the Noah Project, a no-kill animal shelter. It was clear she was an abandoned puppy-mill dog. Her situation was grave. It was clear she had recently given birth, as she was laying in afterbirth, with her nipples … [Read more...] about Meet Lucy – The Story of an Abandoned Puppy-Mill Dog
When a baby elephant dies, it’s mother has been known to lift it with its trunk and place it in an area where they can cover it with ground debris like twigs, sticks, and dirt. Other female members of the herd will help in covering the calf and the rest of the herd will join the mother while paying homage. It's one of the beautiful rituals of the … [Read more...] about Elephants Are Empathetic & Emotional
Let's face it, no one wants to make the decision to euthanize their pet, however, if you can make a plan for it ahead of time, the overall experience will be a more positive one for both you and your pet. As responsible pet parents we make sure our animals have all of their vaccines, receive regular exercise and even make sure that their dietary … [Read more...] about Plan in Advance for Euthanasia
Don't confuse good intentions with expertise - there is a difference! Grief can make people do irrational things. If fact, some people who are grieving may not even realize that they are out of control. They may be trying so hard to remain in check, that everyone else can clearly see they are not. I’d like to share with you a true story my … [Read more...] about Do Your Due Diligence!
It’s true – pets do have the intelligence and ability to communicate with their owners. If you are skeptic about the ability for animals to communicate both between themselves and with humans, let me share with you that moment I stopped questioning and started believing. In June of 2006 our family sheltie and funeral home certified Therapy Dog … [Read more...] about Pets communicate!
Hello and welcome to my blog “askjodi”. If you have been following one of my other blogs – this will now serve as my official blog. For those of you who are unfamiliar with me or my area of expertise, it revolves around end of life issues for both humans and pets. Initially, you may ask yourself what’s the correlation between the two? If you … [Read more...] about First Post ..and Welcome!