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Education and Inspiration

If you have stopped by to visit this site, then we are probably of like minds. Is your pet the light of your life? After a hard day at work, do you look forward to going home, just for that wonderful unabashed greeting that you get at the front door? Does your pet touch a special place in your heart?

We would love to have your special stories about life and relationships with pets and how they have touched your lives. To send us your story, click here. Either type your story into an e-mail or attach it to your e-mail as a document. We would love to have a picture of you and your pet (or just your pet!) as well. We can't promise to post them all, but we will post as many as we can! Your story does not have to be an original one. If you have read a story that touches your heart, we would love to have that as well, but please be certain to include the original author's permission.

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"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." --Unknown

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Aging Gracefully: Caring For Dogs With Degenerative Myelopathy and Other Mobility Impairments: As our dogs age, a common scenario is the loss of mobility. Often the hind legs are begin to deteriorate first, due to disease, injury or simply because our friend is getting on in years. The front legs can also begin to lose their ability over time as well. ... here are some tips we picked up along our journey. (Continue Reading...)

Banjo's Heart: My husband Lars had never had a dog of his own. When he decided that he was ready, we went to the Humane Society to pick out his first dog. Lars picked Banjo (Continue Reading...)

Board Certification: What is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons? Before doing any surgery that has to do with a joint in your dog, please ask of your surgeon to make sure that they are Board Certified Veterinary Surgeons... (Continue Reading...)

By the Rivers of Babylon: My sister's beautiful boy dog, Zion, has DM. Zion's deterioration is heartbreaking, but Janet meets it with a fortitude I do not possess. Instead, I deal with the grief in the only way I can -- I'm a writer, I write. (Continue Reading...)

Caring To and Through the End of Life: I used to look at euthanasia as the inevitable end for my loving canine and feline companions. About a year ago, two of my clients changed my way of thinking. (Continue Reading...)

Drifter's Experience: This is Cindy Horsfall's interpretation of a dog named Drifter. This interpretation is of Drifter's first Experience with a canine water therapy program that specializes in physical therapy but has little regard for the emotional safety or spirit of the dog and their guardian... followed by his experience with a therapist who comes from a more heart centered program. (Continue Reading...)

I DO - For better or for worse... till death do us part.: When the premier pet magazine in India 'Dogs and Pups' asked me to write an article on 'Responsible Pet Parenting', the vows above came to mind. Taking on a pet is as serious as considering any other relationship in your... (Continue Reading...)

In Memory Of Tuggy: Tuggy was Cindy's boy... He entered the scene like a whirlwind and brought immeasurable joy to her life for over 10 years. He brought gentle lessons for Cindy in the areas of boundaries, discernment and the proper way to laugh and play. (Continue Reading...)

Living with Disabilities: When one of our loyal dog friends becomes disabled, or begins to enter their geriatric years, it seems that suddenly the ground falls from beneath us. After the initial shock and fear of realizing that your best friend is going through a shift in their life, it is important to consider (Continue Reading...)

Reflections on Dying - 'Death by Inches': My beloved dog Cricket is slowly slipping away. I keep thinking each day might be her last, and yet she keeps on surprising me ... (Continue Reading...)

The Autumn Years: What do we do when our loving pets face the last leg of the race? We do all we can to help them finish well, of course. (Continue Reading...)

The Story of Old Drum: George Graham Vest (1830-1904) served as U.S. Senator from Missouri from 1879 to 1903 and became one of the leading orators and debaters of his time. This delightful speech is from an earlier period in his life (Continue Reading...)

Trooper's Story: In the fall of 2000, Trooper came to us by way of Pasado's Safe Haven, an animal rescue group based in Sultan, Washington. He was taken from a high kill shelter where he was certain to die. (Continue Reading...)

Until We Meet Again: I know what you're thinking. You think I'm dead. Because you cannot see me with your human eye, cannot feel me with your hands or hold me in your arms you think I am gone forever. (Continue Reading...)

When The Spirit Has Left: The spirit has left its beautiful container - and now what do I do... Remaining present and fluid in your plans When I lost Kwinn, my 9 year old shepherd, to cancer - it took me totally by surprise. From... (Continue Reading...)