Month: May 2019

Family Pet Funerals – Time to Update the Lesson

In the past, when a pet had passed away, the family would normally hold some sort of garden memorial burial ceremony for the sake of teaching children about what happens after something or someone passes away. With the exception of some parrots, animals are not meant to be with us throughout our lives. These types of pet memorials are ritualistically similar to that of human funerals. They teach children that death is a part of life.

In some low-lying areas, communities place their dead in crypts above ground, just as the ancient Egyptians did. In other areas, for centuries, the deceased have been buried in graves. The most economical way to dispose of a body was to bury it in the ground. Coffins were created of plain wood in a rectangular type shape. At one end, the coffin was just a bit wider to accommodate the person’s shoulders. Bodies were laid in coffins, lowered into a hole of similar size and covered up with dirt. Usually away from the main population, there was a designated area for coffins. These were called graveyards. Funerals for the dead were held in the graveyards.

Family pet funerals are similar. For a small pet, a shoe box may serve as a make-shift coffin. For larger animals, a comparable size hole was dug in the backyard, and the body, often in a large plastic bag or covered with a tarpaulin, was lowered down into the hole. Dirt would be back-filled into the hole, covering the deceased pet. A pet gravemarker usually consisted of a cross made of twigs, a flower or wreath, and a personal pet item.

In times past, many people were buried with no gravemarker. Unmarked graves could be unearthed years later. In present day, gravestones or headstones (named from the placement of the stone over the “head” of the body) are used to mark the burial site. They are engraved with names and the dates that span the life of the family member.

Eventually, pet lovers decided their pets deserved to be honored with more than sticks and flowers. People are not the only ones deserving of headstones. Pets deserved them as well. Today, there are hundreds of different pet memorials and urns for pets. Both are available with engraved sentiments, poems, names and dates. Many can be used for burial, but some are meant to be displayed. Some of the pet memorial urns are so beautiful, one might think them treasured antique pieces of art.

Times have changed over the centuries. What we are teaching our children about death through the loss of pets needs to be brought into modern times. Exquisite marble pet memorials and pet urns should now be part of these lessons. Perhaps the new tokens of honor will bring families comfort and beauty into pet grieving ceremonies.… Read More

Simple Exercises to Improve Your Dog’s Health

Dogs just like people can be inactive which can lead to weight gain and low energy, but you can turn this around with easy exercises for your pooch. Even if you have owned the dog for a few years and he or she has not received much exercise, what’s done is done, you can move forward and get him or her on the right track so that they can begin trimming down and become more active than they have been in the past. It does not take strenuous exercising in order for your dog to benefit.

First, walking is a great exercise that you can take your dog on to leisurely walk around your neighborhood. Don’t overdo it in the beginning, keep the walks short, but consistent and has your dog gets better at the walk, increase it, which will help them even more. Walking is also excellent exercise for you; so therefore, it is a win-win situation.

Secondly, if you have a set of stairs in your home, this is great exercise for your dog. The nice aspect to stairs is it can be done both inside and outside. Therefore, if you have your dog walk up and down the stairs a few times, it will make a difference, but increase it as time goes on so that he or she can get the full benefits. If the stairs are not wearing him out, then it is probably time to increase the number of times he or she is going up and down the stairs.

Fetching is another great exercise for dogs and many dogs could play this for hours and never tire of it. Therefore, make sure that you get several different types of toys to throw so he can run further and longer, which will increase the overall workout they are getting. This will help them bond with you and either trim down (if overweight) or stay fit. You can easily give this great exercise to your dog that does not require a lot of walking on your part in case you have physical limitations.

If you have your own swimming pool, this is also a very good exercise for dogs. Keep in mind some breeds adore the water and other breeds are not so fond of it. Therefore, you will have to try it out for yourself to see if it is something that your dog enjoys and takes to. If he or she appears scared or nervous in the water, perhaps swimming is not the best exercise for your dog.

Regardless of the exercise, you choose for your dog, the point is, many very easy exercises can greatly benefit your dog. When dogs are left to just become fat and lazy, they are not healthy and this is will almost assure they do not live to a very old age. Therefore, choose an exercise for your dog and be consistent with it so that you can enjoy your dog for many more years.… Read More