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

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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 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.

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction11
On Angels Wings
Angel15
Only a Dog21
Asia, Beware of my Sleeping Dog23
Beau27
Cassie31
Dolly35
George, Our Pekingese37
I'm Not Here39
Gringo41
Heidi, Like A Person - In a Gray Fur Coat45
St. Peter47
Henry, My Parrot49
Herzogs "Gizer" Midnight Energizer53
Jessie Saves the Day59
Judy, "My Beautiful Girl"63
Kahlil, Our Siamese Cat67
My Gift to Jesus71
Katie73
Kujo, The Little Warrior77
Dogs and Heaven81
Nicki, A Letter83
Nicky's Life Was Way Too Short87
Oso91
Perry, My Prairie Dog95
Puffer99
Four Feet in Heaven103
Reggie105
Shadow, My Beagle109
My Best Friend Pepper113
Our Beautiful Sophie115
Taggard119
Companion Service Animals
The Dogs of War131
The Bridge133
Mr. Paper134
Bruiser136
Treatment of War Dogs Today137
Officers Remember Fallen Comrade143
Mike, A Reality Check147
Kai & Sergeant Smith, A Special Bond151
Greyfriar's Bobby155
Hospice and Euthanasia
Cute as a Button159
The Price of a Dog161
A Peaceful Goodbye163
When the Time Comes165
The Challenge of Euthanasia167
Euthanasia173
Dog's Prayer177
Wings to Fly178
Pain Assessment and Management Scale179
Ways to Cope With Animal Companion Loss183
Perpetual Pet Care Program184
Hotlines for Grieving Animal Companion Owners185
Rainbow Bridge187
Dr. Alan B. Cunningham189

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