On Angels Wings: Personal Stories About the Passing Away of Beloved Animal Companions

On Angels Wings: Personal Stories About the Passing Away of Beloved Animal Companions

by Alan Blain Cunningham, Lisa Hull, Arianna Alexis
     
 

True stories from many people who have lost a beloved animal companion, including dogs, cats, birds, horses, prairie dogs, and also police dogs and dogs who served in war. Each warm and inspiring story is accompanied by a beautiful drawing of the animal. Support Hotline phone numbers are provided for those grieving. The book has four goals: 1. Provide comfort

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True stories from many people who have lost a beloved animal companion, including dogs, cats, birds, horses, prairie dogs, and also police dogs and dogs who served in war. Each warm and inspiring story is accompanied by a beautiful drawing of the animal. Support Hotline phone numbers are provided for those grieving. The book has four goals: 1. Provide comfort to those grieving over the loss of a beloved animal companion. To reassure them that others grieve deeply also and that grieving is a natural process following the loss of an animal companion. 2. Veterinarians share stories, thoughts, and medical guidelines so everyday people can see how they feel about and treat terminally ill animals, control pain, and perform euthanasia. Allowing an animal companion to die gracefully can offer comfort to the owner. 3. Hospice care for pets, a new program, is outlined in detail and is a bridge to a more gentle and dignified death at home in the care of loved ones. 4. Encourage recognition of service animals such as Police Dogs and the War Dogs of Vietnam.

Editorial Reviews

Martha A. Littlefield-Chabaud
Veterinarians will find an aid . . . grieving clients . . . stories and poems that may help them realize that they are not alone.
Vet Medicine Today magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781888106619
Publisher:
Agreka Books, LLC
Publication date:
05/22/2003
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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After publishing Sleeping With Angels many people told me their stories of losing an animal companion. Since writing can be a healing process, I encouraged them to record their animal loss experiences so that I could share them in this book On Angels Wings. This book has three goals. First it is to provide comfort with heartwarming stories of those grieving over the loss of a beloved animal companion. The second is to encourage recognition of service animals, including the War Dogs of Vietnam and Police Service Dogs. The third contains stories and medical guidelines from veterinarians. Everyday people can see how they feel about and perform their services treating terminally ill animals, controlling pain, and performing euthanasia. Hotline phone numbers are provided for those grieving. Information is also shared about a new and exciting program in veterinary medicine known as hospice care. It is a progression or a bridge to a more gentle and dignified death. Thoughts on euthanasia, always a very painful decision, are shared. Allowing an animal companion to die gracefully can be a comforting event to the owner. And information is provided on a Perpetual Pet Care program in the event of the owner's death or incapacitation. Letting go of a beloved animal companion is extremely difficult. Some comfort can be found in knowing that although we must let go of the physical body, we can still hold their beautiful memories in our hearts. Expressing these feelings of sorrow can also be difficult. Oftentimes our heartache is met with comments such as "Get over it, it's only an animal," or "How can you feel that way about a dumb creature?" When, in fact, these creatures are precious angels to many people. How blessed and fortunate we are to share a uniquely genuine, pure, and unconditional love with our animal companions. I have also learned that animal companions serve many roles and are not always family pets. For example, working and service animals such as war dogs and police dogs are significantly intertwined with the lives of humans. These animals are highly trained to perform specific tasks. They respond to one master and are not to be treated as pets during their working assignments. Yet the human (handler)/animal bond is especially significant and strong. And the loss of the companionship can be very distressing. Another important distinction is the difference between service and therapy animals. Service animals such as police dogs are given carte blanche allowance to public buildings. Therapy animals, on the other hand, must pass stringent health and behavior requirements before they are allowed to occupy most public facilities such as hospitals and care centers. Therapy animals are actively involved in people-pet rehabilitation. Not only do humans grieve with the loss of a beloved animal, but so do animals grieve when they lose a beloved master or another animal companion. On Angels Wings will help you to view the different aspects of grieving the loss of an animal companion in such a way as to give you peace, comfort, and strength. And know that you are joined by a magnitude of other human beings who also hold on to these precious feelings.

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