The burden of a beloved pet’s loss and the weight of euthanasia

Death came to my doorstep that August evening in a white plastic bucket. A sticker on the side of the five-gallon vessel read: FOOD GRADE HEAVY DUTY BPA FREE Inside rested the ashes of my horse, a chestnut gelding named Kaycee. He and I had grown up together wandering the forests, Continue reading

In-home euthanasia becomes popular option for pet owners

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When Dr. Meg McNabb, a veterinarian, arrived at our front door, I knew where I would find Echo, our dying tabby cat: upstairs in her favorite bedroom, beneath the chaise lounge. I climbed the stairs first while McNabb and my wife waited downstairs. I peeked beneath Continue reading

Know the signs of urinary tract and bladder infection for your dog…

Just like people, dogs can suffer from infections of the urinary tract and bladder. These infections are caused by bacteria in the urethra and the lining of the bladder, and can be quite painful. If you see any of these signs, talk to your veterinarian: Difficulty Continue reading

Yes, Your Pets Do Feel Love…

If you've ever seen two bonded cats cuddle in a sunny window or your dogs chase each other around in the backyard, you have no doubt: Your pets love each other as much as you love them. And now science is backing it up. Inspired by a sad moment saying goodbye to his dying dog, scientist Continue reading

Grieving Over Pets Becoming Common, More Public…

In 30 years of publishing as a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, C. Clifton Black has never received such an outpouring of reader support as he did when he wrote a lament for his dog Pinky, who had died at age 16. Pinky was “a member of our family” and brought it a “holy joie Continue reading

How to Keep Outdoor Pets Warm in Winter

Winter and summer both present challenges to keeping pets safe and comfortable, but winter is actually easier to prepare for since it's more about preventing exposure and less about the summer problem of preventing accidents. With one major exception: In cold weather, you always need to be Continue reading

Diabetic Alert Dogs Save Lives

Rebecca Farrar was just 4 years old when she became seriously ill and was diagnosed with diabetes. Today, as a Type 1 diabetic, 9-year-old Rebecca's blood sugar can drop without warning, putting her at risk of hypoglycemia, which can lead to a coma or even death. Often, Rebecca doesn't Continue reading

9 Things Never to Say to Someone Who’s Lost a Pet…

Your friend’s pet just passed away, and she’s devastated. While you know it’s  a sad time, you may not be able to grasp the emotional turmoil she’s  experiencing if you’ve never owned a pet. “Pet parents are made to feel guilty  when their grief is more extreme than it would be for a human Continue reading

Funeral for your pet?

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — The loss of a pet can be a devastating experience, and a rising number of people are treating that loss the same way that they would treat the death of any other family member. David Le told CBS 2′s Kristine Johnson that his dog was treated like a member of his Continue reading

Grief is grief, and pain is pain…..

He weighed eight pounds.  He had little ability to learn much.  In fact he actually never learned how to play.  He was with us a short time; just a year and a half, and on Thursday last he died. His name was Baxter Van Beck, and he was a very small little tiny dog who changed our lives, Continue reading

Man saves dog from sinking ship, then goes back for wife…

When you hear about a man saving his dog from a sinking ship, it’s hard to not be moved by the tale of an animal lover’s heroism. But the story becomes slightly less heroic when you learn that the man saved his dog before his own wife. But that’s apparently what happened when Graham Anley Continue reading

Free airport therapy has a cold nose, wagging tail…

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There's a new breed of airport dog. They aren't looking for drugs or bombs — they are looking for people who need a buddy, a belly to rub or a paw to shake.        "His job is to be touched," volunteer Kyra Hubis said about Henry James, her 5-year-old golden retriever Continue reading