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 …

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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 …

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