Recovery, Denial, and a Total Change of Pace
I’m not going to lie.
Adjusting to not having Jenny and Chi-Chi around has been tough.
Really, I don’t think I’m uncommon in having trouble processing my grief or coming to grips with the loss. Many of us, I suspect, get through loss by trying to keep ourselves busy with other thoughts. I spend a lot of time hanging out with the remaining stalwart companions.
Despite being nine now, Gracie is still having trouble acting like a grown-up for an extended period of time. She’s very good for a while, then decides to switch things up by de-constructing a plastic bucket, or ripping paper tags off the wild-bird food bags.
Lil on the other hand is working at being a better model-canine-citizen. She’s trying to step up her constant companion role; if I step back from the sink in the bathroom, I trip over her. If I sit down I have a second oversized lap dog trying to squish me with love.
When we’re hanging out, I need something to actually occupy my mind – petting dogs is great but it doesn’t actually require all my active brain cells – yet. I’m a writer, so I write. Recently I was given a challenge by a family member, to try and write a Western.
I don’t consider the traditional Western my genre, although I have read them I’ve never intended to write one. My relative (okay, dad) wouldn’t quit bugging me about trying though and after warning him I wouldn’t write ‘his kind’ of Western, I gave it a try.
What came out is the beginning of a Historical Western Mystery series.
And since I like to share all my compulsions with the folks who stop by this blog, I would now like to share a link that allows the first two people (sorry, only in the U.S.) to obtain the book for free through Amazon: paperback giveaway.
Click on the book below:
For those of you who have Kindles or the Kindle reading app for other devices, the book is available starting at just 99 cents (U.S.) and should be available wherever kindle books are sold (i.e., any nation).
Hope everyone else is hanging in there and has a good start to their summer. I’ll keep plugging away and the rest of y’all please do the same!
What to Do if Your Dog Dies at Home
If your household’s cherished family pet dies suddenly in your home, would you know what to do? If not, you’re not alone. Individuals ask “what to do” on a regular basis. Here you will learn 8 things you’ll need to do, in order to correctly deal with the situation.
When we make the decision to bring a family pet into our home, most of us do our homework. Topics of discussion and planning focus on housebreaking, cage training, socialization, and general habits. Unless you adopt a senior dog or one with a disability, rarely does the subject of animal death ever shown up. For the next couple of minutes, we’ll examine the required actions that every animal moms and dad or owner must understand when their pet dies at home all of a sudden.
- Primarily, as strange as it sounds, ensures the pet is deceased! All frequently, individuals think their pet died, just to find that they are still alive. This is due to the fact that they are breathing very shallow and lying still. Most likely they are transitioning and death is near. Don’t be afraid, this is normal. (Note: If you feel the pet remains in distress, you might want to think of euthanizing. Please call your veterinarian center, they can address your concerns. If you were preparing to let them pass away naturally, keep the area calm and quiet).
- After an animal passes away, typically their bowls will launch. This might not occur immediately. If your family pet is dehydrated or hasn’t consumed, this may not take place. Do not be alarmed, just be prepared as nature is just taking its course. If your pet is pushing the floor or a piece of furniture, you’ll wish to put some a towel or perhaps plastic under their hind end instantly.
- If there are other animals at home, let them smell their buddy. By allowing this to happen they will understand what took place to their friend. Otherwise, they will wonder where they went. Your family pet will understand naturally what to do. Should they act aloof, it’s alright? The fragrance of the departed family pet is what the living family pets need. This can be accomplished by being in the exact same space.
- A choice will need to be made to either bury or cremate.
- Some individuals want to keep their animals in your home for a day until they choose what to do. If you want to do this, put your pet’s remains in a container. Why? Without being placed in the freezer, the pet’s body will begin to decompose (this provides a health risk!). One phase of this procedure is referred to as rigor mortise. This is when the energy supply to the pet’s muscles diminishes. When this happens, whatever ends up being stiff. The average time for “rigor” to embed in is 3-4 hours and its usually complete within 12 hours post-death.
- Depending on the position your family pet was in when it passed away, you’ll want to tuck their front and back legs tight into their body (called positioning), instead of leaving the pet outstretched. Why? Mainly for transportation and burial factors. If you want to transfer your family pet, position them in a container or even cover them up in a blanket. When their limbs are not effectively positioned they are uncomfortable and tough to transport or place in a burial container.
- If you bury, you’ll want to follow the city or area’s ordinances. Need to you choose to cremate, you’ll need to make arrangements for your animal’s transport to the cremation service provider.
- If you get home and your pet passed away while you were away, you’ll need to try to find out how long the pet has been deceased. If rigor mortise has set in, you’ll know it was at least 3 hours. Depending upon the time of year, if its warm exterior, you might have an odor that could be difficult leaving your carpet or perhaps the flooring. Don’t try to remove this smell out of your carpet/floor yourself, consult a professional. In the long run, it will be worth it.
In closing, the loss of a pet is never easy. It’s specifically tough to remain calm and analyze what to do if it’s an unexpected start disease or accident. Finally, keep in mind it’s alright to not know what to do. For the majority of us, we’ve never strolled this journey prior to.