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How to deal with pet loss

In 2003 I got a puppy from my local shelter, and 2018 is when I had to say my final goodbye to my beloved pet dog Ginger. It is always hard to deal with pet loss. It is heartbreaking and there is a grief period. Honor the loss and allow your self time to heal. Our pets are like family.

Are you noticing your dog getting older?

Writing has always been a way to sort my thoughts. Let me share a diary excerpt about when I said was able to say goodbye to my dear friend. My life circumstances changed in 2007 and Ginger went to live with family members. In 2018 near the end of her life, I was able to go for a visit and I knew it would be the last time I saw her.

“Not much else has reminded me of the passage of time than my girl. Looking at the grey along the muzzle, and the contrast of her dark eyes and the white mask she wears around her eyes, I see how time has marched on. Today, I am so grateful though, that she has been so loved over the years and equally grateful she grew up loved and with kids around.

Today she close to 15yo, old, grey and boney. Her legs are tired and weak unless she’s on a walk. Age has taken its toll, her ribs stick out, her spine is predominate. With every sneeze or ear shake, her body shimmies as if she’s doing a little dance,  in reality, she struggles to catch her balance. She is alert and her eyes are a deep dark brown, yet with every snap of a twig or unexpected noise, she jumps. Either her mind wanders off or her hearing is distorted, personally, I like to think its the previous.

In her Youth….

And In my mind,  I still see her as a puppy, a troublesome curious pup, who steals loaves of bread from unintended grocery bags and the one who continually squeaks her toys into submission. I almost bought her a new one this visit….it would have only served as a reminder of her youth, not something she would enjoy today,  at least not in the same way.

This trip to Oregon had many things on the to-do list. It occurred to me about Tuesday that this will most likely be my last time to say goodbye to this old girl. Today she is hanging..but she is well, old. Still with a little spirit though. Apparently, she escaped the yard and spend a night in doggie jail recently…she has a mug shot now. She also still sly enough to ask for pets, charm those around her, and ask for treats.

I got to walk her today and will walk her again a few more times before I go home. There was the opportunity to lay with her today and cry and thank her. I long time ago when I needed someone she was there, just there. Lying on the couch with me all through the night, She was chubby then and her legs would stick straight off the couch, with her back next to me. In my darkest of times, she had my back..that’s what dogs do, share unconditional love. That was a lifetime ago. Time marches on.. yup…” June 2018

When your Pet Dies: A guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing

Although we only had about four years together, we were bonded. She was my girl. She lived out of state for many years and it was hard to go see her. We were apart for about five years the first time I was able to go visit. her with her new family When I walked in the door, she remembered me and immediately she came right over and sat next to me. I left so loved and it was really sweet after all that time. Dogs absolutely remember their owners.

Coping with Feelings of Loss and Grief

Let’s look at ways you can deal with the pet loss in a healthy way, and ease the pain.

Allow yourself to grieve. I feel very lucky I had time to say goodbye and spend some quality time before the end. It can be traumatic to lose a pet and it is o.k. to feel sad. It is a big deal. No one should belittle your feelings of loss.

Release the guilt – We are caretakers, and often at the end of a pet’s life, it is we have to make heartbreaking decisions. Should we do more? Is my fur baby in pain? Have I done all I can do? Sometimes when saying goodbye is the best option, guilt can take hold. It is a very difficult decision, but trust it is the right one for you and your pet.

Express your feeling about it. Write, Paint, Talk about it with friends. Don’t hold your feeling in. Pets are a wonderful part of our lives. They offer unconditional love, act as an unbiased soundboard, they are an exercise buddy. For us, single folks pets are day to day companions. Seriously, I even share my pillow and blankets with Pizza and an offer bite or two from my plate. …

Seek out support a support group either online or locally. Today Oct 2020 most of our life is turned to an online lifestyle. If you are isolated and having trouble dealing with pet loss, please check out VetVine They are a virtual zoom support group hosted by a group facilitator. Sharing and talking about your feeling is a healthy way to help get past the loss.

Memorialize your pet. It is good to have a ceremony to feel a sense of closure. There are other great ways to keep your pet in your memory. Frame photos of your pet, make a donation in your pet’s name, plant a tree, or shrub in your pet’s honor.

Pet Memorial Glass Art

Take your time take as much time as you need. It is your journey of grief. Some pet owners have other pets at home and decide to adopt soon. Other people feel the need to wait. It is absolutely fine either way. Only you , will know if and when, you will be ready to get another pet.

Custom Pet Urn

Grieving Pet Loss is Normal

Animals become our best friends and confidants. It can be challenging to deal with pet loss. It is very common to go through different stages.

“Losing a beloved pet is often an emotionally devastating experience. Yet as a society, we do not recognize how painful pet loss can be and how much it can impair our emotional and physical health.”

  • Guilt
  • Sadness
  • Loneliness
  • Anger
  • Depression

The loss of a pet is inevitable they only live for a fraction of time compared to our lives. Yet, they share a history with us and create memories with us. For some of us, they become our closest family members. I am dreading the day when I will have to say goodbye to my feline buddy, but pets bring such joy to my life I can’t imagine not having them around. Remember to be gentle with yourself. You are not alone. Pet loss is not something you have to deal with alone.

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Amazing Ways CBD / Hemp Extract Oil Can Help Your Pets

If you anything like me, I would love to find something that gives the dog some relief from her arthritis, and Pizza the Cat’s anxiety. Giving your pets a dose of Cbd oil may be the answer. It is pretty fascinating how the body and CBD/Hemp Extract oil work together. There is a definitive science behind the amazing ways CBD/Hemp extract oil can help your pet.

Like humans, your furry family members have receptors in the brain that react to cannabinoids found in hemp extract or CBD oil. Basically, cannabis plants and hemp both produce Phytocannabinoids that connect with those cannabinoid receptors in the brain of cats and dogs, and other mammals, like us. Yes, in case you are wondering, you can give CBD meant for humans to your pets. CBD is safe for dogs and cats, as long as it does not contain THC.

Pretty cool if you ask me. Even better, CBD or Hemp Extract oil can help your pets relax and manage pain without a “high”. In fact, scientists speculate that CBD even has an effect on homeostasis ( or the body’s ability to maintain itself regardless of external conditions). It is still a new market, and we have a lot to learn about its benefits. Personally, I am excited about a natural product with such potential for helping our furry family members in a way that is considered effective and safe.

What ailment can Pet Cbd/ Hemp oil help my pets from?

Stress from new surroundings, people or other pets- also noises like fireworks, loud neighbors, house parties, etc.., band practice. Cbd can help alleviate the symptoms of old age.

Cancer/ and Nausea from Chemotherapy – had been shown to help boost the immune system, help with pain, and promote weight gain.

Seizures- It has been researched and studies have come back hopeful. There is so much we don’t know yet, but in conjunction with prescribed medicine, some dogs responded better with fewer seizures with the addition of CBD hemp extract oil.

Separation Anxiety -Since CBD works with the pet cannabinoid receptors an appropriate dose can help promote a calm and sense of well-being.

Arthritis/Joint Pain – CBD shares metabolic pathways with anti-inflammatory drugs. The cool part about that is pain caused by inflammation like arthritis or joint pain should benefit from CBD oil at the correct dosage.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease-CBD Oil has been shown to help decrease intestinal inflammation, as well as promoting weight gain, which is so important when pets start to lose weight due to illness.

Surgery /Injury Recovery- Pain management

Skin Allergies- relieves reactions and has been shown to help ease itchiness.

CBD Oil vs. Hemp extract Oil vs Hemp Seed oil. Do they all help?

In case you are wondering, to be very clear, CBD is a compound found both in hemp plants and marijuana. Hemp and “Mary Jane” are both a part of the same varieties of the Cannabis Sativa plant with hemp containing more CBD and minimal THC. but they are not the same plant. ( I love the analogy that oranges and lemons are both citrus but not the same. fruit. But both Citrus fruits provide the necessary Vitamin C to our bodies. Similarily, hemp, and “weed” both provide CBD that can be used to heal.

Today, Hemp extracted CBD oil is currently legal in all 50 states for use with pets, however, Marijuana extracted CBD is not.

But Hemp SEED oil comes from hemp seeds. There is minimal if ANY amount of CBD oil. There are still anti-inflammatory properties in hemp seed oil, however, if you are looking for the benefit of hemp EXTRACT or CBD specifically, beware that hemp oil is not the same. Please read your labels.

** Fun ( or not so fun) Fact* Amazon doesn’t allow the sell products with CBD. You really need to know what you want to be purchasing. The labeling is ridiculously confusing. PRETTY SNEAKY if you ask me. However you can purchase CBD online thru other retails.

That depends on your state. However, veterinarians are not allowed to prescribe it, some don’t discuss it. So as a pet owner we should do our own research as well as ask our pet’s vet.

Veterinary Cannabis is a resource specializing in advocacy, education, and consulting in Colorado. They also offer classes to pet parents online classes. They have cannabis trained veterinarians that will work with your pet’s vet

My Pizza Cat’s experience with CBD

I have used CBD drops for my cat. In my personal experience, when giving Pizza a dose I do see a difference in his behavior. For example, several years ago I was A LOT more social. Friday nights were MY night to go play… He knew as soon as I put my boots on I was going to leave, he would attack them and fuss. We are very bonded, and he would not be happy. So, before I left we would have extra playtime, I saved his favorite treats for Friday nights, even took naps together before I went out. Eventually, I decided I wanted to help him adjust more. Therefore I tried some CBD drops. It helped him calm down and act less anxious before. We were both happier. He responds well.

CBD for Cats

Petals and Tails CBD Pet treats for dogs and Cats!

What to look for when buying CBD Hemp extract oil for your pet

And the bad news. It is also important to know what you are buying, unfortunately, there is a discrepancy in quality, and well-crafted labels. Studies have shown in blind tests of 84 actual CBD products, as many as 31% did not have the same about of CBD that was listed on the label. There is no set standard of how much actual CBD is in a product. Legally made products that contain CBD must come from hemp plants,(not cannabis) and legally must have THC levels below 0.3%. , however some products tested higher for THC.

Important point to check for

Check for CBD (cannabidiol) or Hemp Extract on the label. Hemp seed or simply hemp oil is not the same thing.

All-natural organic ingredients

“Third-Party Lab Tested” (It is highly important as they check are an independent source to check for pesticides and milligrams of CBD per dose)

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Clearly there are at great Ways Cbd / Hemp extract oil that can help pets. It could argued that a dose it just good overall sense well being. Over time and after more research hopefully, it won’t be as taboo as it is still in now in 2020. It is important to know your product.

Personally, I am not overly shy about my support for all things relating to cannabis in all its forms. ( I am after all a California Girl) .However, for our furry friends, it is exciting to see the use of non-psychoactive CBD oil to help with ailments like arthritic and inflammation.

It is sad to see our pets in pain or stressed out and unhappy. During the research though, I was really surprised to see such a difference in labeling, and marketing. How many times have you brought groceries home and discovered you bought the wrong item? ( low fat instead of regular, etc) I also heard many varying accounts of how well the products worked on your pets. I can’t help wonder how often people get hoodwinked into buying a product they are lead to believe has CBD oil as an ingredient when it really doesn’t.

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cat butt

Who doesn’t love cat butts? Cat owners do

How can you not love these ? Bakerlogy you make me so happy!

The other day a friend posted these little cat butt cookie cutters ( You will love these too) And it got me thinking, actually it got me daydreaming. I also searched for some more adorable cat butt products. Fortunately, Christmas is on its way, and these would make a cute gift for a cat lover.

Why do cats show us their butts? As much as I love my cat’s little butt, it is always a surprise when it is aimed at my face first thing in the morning before coffee. Kitty turning your butt towards you is a way of communication. It is an expression of trust. I have notices it often accompanies by cuddles and head bumps.

Does my cat love me?

The autumnal equinox always awakens my desire to bake and eat more comforting foods. Even here in Southern California the nights and early morning are just starting to feel a smidge cooler. The household pets are already starting to snuggle a little closer. For instance, Pizza the cat, has started his fall rituals, like burying himself under the covers with me, usually at dawn. The household dog is inching her way from the foot of the bed to the middle near me.

Thoughts of fresh-baked cookies, a hot beverage, and a good book make me happy this time of year. Especially when there is a chilled out cat curled up near me and a dog at my feet. In preparation, I spent a little time window-shopping for the coming months. I think you will like what I found.

Look at these goodies. I am in love with these cat butt cookie cutters.

For all your favorite rolled cookie recipes.. ( or my favorite one)

Jamie’s No Chill Sugar Cookie ( For Human Enjoyment)

Preheat oven to 350° F.

  • 1 Cup butter
  • 1 Cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 1 egg (preferable medium sized)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • Firstly, in a bowl cream softened butter and sugar until smooth with your mixer, at least 3 minutes Then, Add in extracts and your egg.
  • In a separate bowl combine baking powder and salt  with flour.
  • Add a little flour mixtures at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.
  • DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. (Waiting is the worst part of sugar cookies, with this tried and true recipe you don’t have to)
  • Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. these cookies work best if rolled on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).
  • Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

Perfect for decorating once cooled, or just a good solid dunker for tea.

Spinach and Chicken Cat treat Recipe

Kitty Butt Pillow To Sit on for Comfort.

For lumbar support while curling up on the couch or favorite chair with those sugar cookies

Enjoying some that first cup of coffee, hot cocoa or some hot tea

Makes you smile, doesn’t it seriously how can it not?
Coloring is fun, relieves stress, especially when its a #catbutt
You are going to need to to post your holiday shopping list why not use these cute magnets?
and finally, if you are actually working while enjoying all these things, here is a planner to start the year of right!

Cat Butts are love.

Cats are pretty affectio0ate creatures, even if they have odd ways of showing it! Who knew a butt in the fact meant I love you! Finally, I hope my enthusiasm for these adorable things brings a smile to your face. May there always be a cat butt in your face.

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Pal of the Week Meet Frankie oh those eyes

This is A Wandering Pet Pal of the week, Frankie

He lives in California and loves his California sun. Isn’t he a handsome guy? He looks like quite the tomcat.

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Does My Pet need I.D.?

Pet I.D.’s are important.

Yes, your pet needs I.D. tags. Valid up-to-date pet identification or I.D. is one way a responsible pet owner can keep their animals safe and free from danger. You can be an excellent loving owner to your pets. However, sometimes pets get away from us anyways. A curious, intelligent pet can learn to open doors or jump fences. Anxious or frightened pets can escape during a storm, firecracker display, or other natural disasters. or emergencies. A pet should always have a current I.D ( identification) tag on their collar. It improves the chances of being returned to their owners.

Have you ever been driving or walking along and noticed a stray dog running down the street? These dogs are likely scared , frantic and run away from often people trying to help. They are in danger of getting hit by a car, attacked by other strays, abducted and being lost forever. Therefore, if you are able to rescue the stray animal, being able to identify the animals owners is very helpful in getting the dog back home safely. Often strays are rescued by animal loving people, who are unable to house the stray, so they get dropped off at an overcrowded pet shelter. If the animal does not have a collar with tags , the shelter can often scan for a microchip. A valid pet i.d tag or chip hold the information that can quickly help reunite you with your pets.

Valuable information to include on a pet I.D. tags

It is important that your dog or cat are always wearing a collar with their tag on it. A tag should include

  • Pet’s name
  • Your name
  • Your current contact info. (It is helpful to add your phone number and email)
  • Pet’s hometown zip code.
  • Pet medication info, indicating that on his collar could be life saving. If they do wander away, having that information readily available makes it easier to reunite with your four legged family member. Please remember, if your information changes update your pets tag information as well.

What are the best options for my Pet’s I.D ?

Above all, any id on your pet is awesome for their safety.

Pet tags come is a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Most pet collars have rings where you can attach the pet tag, where it is out of the pets way. Many big box chain pet stores have kiosks where you can print dog tags up easily and cheaply. There is no reason you and you pet can not find something you will like, that is comfortable. With all the variety it is easy to find tags that can be fun , functional and reflect your pets personality. You can custom order from animal loving places like Tags for Hope . Amazon also offers a wide selection of tags ,even ones that fit directly on the collar. A perfect choice for an active pup.

It takes a couple of seconds to place an ID tag on your pet, and also a few seconds for your pet to become lost. Wouldn’t you want the person who finds your animal wandering to call you? In addition to a valid current pet tag, it is also advisable for your pet to have a microchip. Personally I recommend your pet have both.

In the event of the unthinkable death of a pet due to an accident, being able to identify the animal and notify the family, can offer closure.

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Pal Of The Week- Meet Pizza Our Mascot

This week our Pal of the week is Pizza the Wonder Cat I adopted this laid back California cat when he was just a tiny kitten. Walking into my local animal shelter ten years ago, minutes before closing a volunteer walked in with a litter of kittens. He wasn’t even 2 lbs. when I first held him. It was kitten season at the time and I was allowed to take him home the next day to fatten him up. A few weeks later he went in to get sterilized. He has been a happy homebody ever since.

Life with Pizza my pal

He has been an indoor cat his whole life. As you can see, he gets all the attention he wants. Although some cats like being alone,, this big guy’s favorite hobby is snuggling and hanging out with the other household pet. This cat will do just about anything for some of his favorite treats including opening drawers to help himself. He was part of my inspiration to start this blogging adventure. Through most of my shenanigan he has stuck it out with me, this is no different. We have moved multiple times and with multiple roommates over the years. He is a patient loving cat. This is the first time in his where he could hang out with a dog. It took some time but they are now calm around each other, mostly. Even though the dog loves to bark, Pizza rarely swipes at her. Today, he is a daily part of the quality control team at A Wandering Pet. He is always testing products (and getting scolded for sleeping on the keyboard often). When not “supervising” he hangs with the other pet at home, living his best life. This is why I wanted to celebrate Pizza as pal of the week.

3 mos old
3years (the rebel years)

Today he is still very active. He does enjoy long naps on his favorite blanket. I am looking forward to cooler weather when he will want to snuggle under the blankets.

10 years old