Tips for Coping

Bringing A New Dog or Cat Into Your Fur Family (EXPERT)

When you’re ready to add a new pet to your household, it can be a very exciting thing for your family. Whether you are seeking a puppy simply as a home companion and an extended part of your fur family, or buying a show dog, not everyone may be pleased. Your current dog may orRead more …

6 Dog Personalities & Temperaments (EXPERT)

It is helpful to know what kind of personality your new dog will have; so that you can more easily adapt him/her to your family.There are six basic types of dog personalities. In addition to personalities all animals have temperament. Temperament is also the other factor that influences how the dog interacts and reacts with othersRead more …

Is It Time To Euthanize Our Pet? How Do I Tell The Family?

This answer was provided by Karen Tiede to a question of a young adult on Quara.  I found the answer so fullfilling that I asked permission to quote it here. This particular question and others are often asked of me on my radio show on the Human/Animal Connection. Please join us at www.blogtalkradio.com/auntieartichoke   First,Read more …

Poem About The Death of a Beloved Pet

This beautiful poem was shared by a friend on Facebook.com/lossofapet Enjoy and save to share with friends….. The Last Battle If it should be that I grow weak, And pain should keep me from my sleep, Then you must do what must be done, For this last battle cannot be won. You will be sad,Read more …

Can Pets Detect Cancer and Other Illness?

This blog post was submitted by Becca Poliquim, a student at Carroll College in Helena, Montana Becca will be working as an publishing intern at Artichoke Press LLC this summer. “There is a story in the lore of my family about my aunt, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when she was nineteen. As aRead more …

Calico Cat & Connection To Cancer Survivor

This story about the animal/human connection was submitted by  Rebecca Poliquin and a Communications major at Carroll College. There is a story in the lore of my family about my aunt, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when she was nineteen. As a normally witty and charming girl, the absolute loneliness of her treatments sent herRead more …

How To Help Children Cope With Death Of A Pet (EXPERT)

How do caring adults assist young children or teens to cope with a death of a beloved pet or loved one. Perhaps the question is: how much do children understand about the process of death, and as adults what do we want to share with them? This may bring up issues in our own lifeRead more …

Why Do Dogs Live Longer Now? (EXPERT)

Old age in dogs varies by species and by breeding. Animal lovers of today take better care of their pets from the moment they are born. Through increased knowledge, improved pet care products and advanced veterinarian technology, we are able to enjoy our pets longer than ever before. Fifteen years is not an unusual lifeRead more …

Pet Loss & Children (EXPERT)

Mar 7, 2015 | Posted by in For Children, Tips for Coping | 0

There is such a strong animal-human connection. As Marjorie Garber said: “If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, prospectively, to equally profound sadness.” The loss of a beloved pet may be the first death experience children face. It isRead more …

Searching for the Perfect Words

Jan 2, 2011 | Posted by in Tips for Coping | 0

Are You Searching For The Perfect Words To Say To A Friend Or Loved One Whose Animal Is Dying? One of the toughest communications for some people is to how to offer sympathy.  That is why so many people say nothing at all.  It is not that they are uncaring, rather they care so much that theyRead more …