April 30, 2009

Visit Our NEW Social Network for Pet Parents

Welcome to the SAPPY Pet Loss & Grief Support Group of San Antonio blogspot. This year will mark six years since we've started our pet loss support group. We are happy to share our new online social network, "Tribute to Tails: A Candlelight Memorial Honoring the Pets in Our Lives." This new site is just one more way of celebrating those special four-legged furry friends who made a HUGE difference in our lives. We will never forget them, nor the fun and loving memories we made together!

This year, we will sponsor our 7th Annual Tribute to Tails Candlelight Memorial on Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, San Antonio, TX. We hope to see you there!

Please take time to visit our social network online. Simply click on this link,
http://tributetotailssanantonio.ning.com/ and join us today!

Be blessed,
Julie :)

1 comment:

Larry said...

If you’ve lost a beloved pet, please accept our heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this worst of times. We at NeptunesPets.com are pet parents and grieve the loss of every precious one of them. Bless their little hearts; we believe that all animals go to heaven. We pray that we do too and that God lets us enjoy, our beloved companions at our side in all the beauty of Heaven and Earth for all eternity. For that reason, we want our ashes scattered in numerous of our favorite happy places—on land and in the sea—just as we can do for our beloved pets—and yours.
We sincerely hope that the services offered by NeptunesPets.com can comfort you in knowing that your beloved pet can be in a beautiful, happy, and spiritual place for all eternity. We hope also that we can help move you, from sorrow and grief, into a place of peace and comfort.
NeptunesPets services attempts to inexpensively bring closure and comfort to those who have experienced the death of a beloved pet. Pet ashes are lovingly scattered at sea, scattered over the mountains, cast in an underwater artificial PetReef, and/or memorialized in a real PetDiamond. Your beloved companion is treated with tender loving care as if it were our own. NeptunesPets provides a therapeutic service that helps you mourn the loss of a friend, all-the-while heal emotionally from the sudden loss. We understand. We feel your pain. We can help.
Our outcome measurements indicate overwhelming that scattering ashes in the sea or over the mountains, casting them into an artificial PetReef, or using their DNA to grow a PetDiamond is unusually therapeutic for someone who has experienced the sudden loss of a special pet companion that loved and served so unconditionally all those years.
This little story is for everyone who, like us, believes in an afterlife and hopes and prays that “Happy Places” do exist. Happy Places are not heaven. They are beautiful, peaceful places here on Earth where our beloved pets wait for our arrival on our way to Heaven.
When a beloved pet dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to their Happy Place.
Happy Places are beautiful places. They are whatever you want them to be. They can be meadows and Mountains. Flowers and trees. Sandy sunlit ocean floors sparkling with multi-colored marine life. They are cool and breezy places to sleep under shady trees. They are comfortable, peaceful, safe, and Happy Places to wait.
Wherever they are, they are special places for all of our special friends to run and play together. There is food and water and sunshine. Breezes blow and flowers bloom. The sky is always clear and the sun always shines. It’s a beautiful place. All the animals are warm and comfortable.
All the animals that were ill or old are restored to health and vigor, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. Those who were hurt, maimed, or mistreated are made whole, happy, and strong again.
Even those creatures that died alone and unloved are now with friends that love them.
The animals are happy and contented, except for one small thing. They miss a very special someone they had to leave behind.
They frolic and play and nap together under the shade of a big old tree. But the day comes when each one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Eyes are bright and intent. The eager body quivers and suddenly breaks away from the group.
Flying over the soft green grass, its legs carry it faster and faster. YOU have been spotted.
When finally you and your special friend meet again, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. Happy kisses rain upon your face. Your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into those trusting eyes—so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
And together you cross over to your new Happy Place…
As you do, please remember those poor creatures big and small who died alone.
Won’t you ask one of them if they’d like to come in with you? I’ll bet they would.

If you ask me if I truly believe this will happen—I do. I also believe that my dad, grandpa, and others will be there too—awaiting my arrival.
Death can be accidental, natural or deliberately chosen. It can be an act of kindness for people, just as it can be for animals.
Even when death is welcomed it is seldom easy for those of us who are left behind.
Steps can be taken to mitigate the pain and anguish, especially for the pet, but the pet parent as well even if a decision to euthanize must be made.
Being present at the time of death seems to be important to the animal even though it is hard to watch. Part of being a pet parent is being there for your friend and companion to offer care and reassurance in their final moments of life.
No one really knows how much an animal understands of what we say and do. I strongly suspect, however, that it is much more than we will ever know. Have you ever tried to pack for a trip while your cat or dog lies in, and closely guards the suitcase?
Perhaps the most important message here is that we as humans should give our pets permission to depart this life on their own terms and not insist that they remain here for our sake. Too often people simply cannot emotionally take the steps that are necessary to help their beloved pets across the threshold. They want their pets to hang onto life until the last possible moment then, die “naturally” not realizing that a “natural” death can be painful and prolonged. That’s just unfair.
When the time comes, take your pet to the veterinarian, hold them in your arms, cradle their little heads in your lap, pet them, thank them for all they have done for you and reassure them that you love them as they slip away.

Enjoy and take good care of animals. Life would be a much less joyful experience without them. PBK2A.

Your Friends at NeptunesPets.com