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October 31, 2018

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Top 10 worst foods for your dog

Human food can be harmful to pets and it is important to be aware of what these are and avoid them at all costs, or incur the vet costs or worse!

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7 things to know about Pet Loss

Why are people saying “its only a dog/cat etc”

People who don't understand a pet bond may not understand your pain but don't let others dictate your feelings. You are valid, your feelings are valid. Grief is grief and loss is loss. And remember, you are not alone, there are hundreds of pet owners have gone through similar grieving and mourning.

What do I do now?

The most important step you can take is, to be honest about your feelings. You have a right to feel pain and grief. Someone you loved has died. You have a right to feel anger and guilt too.

Some pet parents find it helpful to express their feelings and memories in stories, or letters to their pet, preparing a memorial such as a photo collage; and talking to other pet lovers about your loss. 

Who can I talk to?

Pet lovers! Friends, family, colleagues, anyone who loves their pet just as much as you did. It might be especially helpful to talk to someone who has lost a pet too. They will empathise. Don't hide your feelings in a misguided effort to appear strong or calm. There are also pet loss counsellors and support groups.

When is the right time to euthanize a pet?

This is one of the worst decisions you will hopefully never have to make in life but if it sadly comes your way then your vet is the best judge of your pet's physical condition. You are the best judge of the quality of your pet's daily life. If a pet has a good appetite, still responds to attention, still wants cuddles and/or walks you may feel that this is not the right time. However, if a pet is in constant pain, unresponsive to affection, unaware of its surroundings, and/or uninterested in life, then you may choose to end the beloved companion's suffering as much as it will hurt you deeply.

How should I tell my kids?

Honesty is important. Especially these days, children know a lot more than we do! If you say the pet was "put to sleep," make sure your children understand the difference between death and ordinary sleep or they may never sleep for you again! Try not to say the pet "went away," as your child may wonder what he or she did to make it leave, and wait, tormented, for its return. Don't assume a child is too young or too old to grieve. I find the Rainbow Bridge story is great for children and adults alike. It explains death but allows us to feel at peace, knowing our furbabies are happy and free.

Do other pets grieve too?

Pets often form strong attachments to one another while living in the same house/venue. The survivor of such a pair may grieve for its companion. You will notice small things and you may need to give your surviving pets a lot of extra attention and love to help them through this time.

How soon should I get a new pet?

This is an almost impossible question to answer as every family and person is different in their moments of grief. You need to take the time to fully grieve and evaluate your circumstances. If you do decide to get a new pet, some will advise you to avoid getting a "lookalike" pet, which makes comparisons all the more likely. Or that getting a totally different looking pet will also draw comparisons. But then we got a new pet in the form of our late dogs' granddaughter and we love that fact. It is entirely personal and a difficult question to advise.

International Pet Memorial Day 2017 at the Doggie Do Dublin

Celebrate Your Beloved Pet for International Pet Memorial Day at the Doggie Do in Herbert Park, Dublin.

 

Established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories in the US, International Pet Memorial Day in an annual event held on the second Sunday in September, to honor pets. It’s also a great time to think about and share with others the important role that beloved pets have played and continue to play in our lives. This year the day falls on September 10th which is the same date as the Doggie Do (www.doggiedo.ie) pet event that will be held in Herbert Park, Dublin 4.

 

Loyal to the end, pets bring an abundance of joy and companionship to our lives and they do it without prejudice or judgement. They don’t care what type of mood we are in, what bad things we have done or how we look. These are only a few reasons why it can be so heartbreaking to say good-bye to a four-legged friend. The grieving process can be difficult, but it’s something we must face as pet owners. There is a poem, known internationally by most pet parents who have loved and lost, and it is called "Rainbow Bridge." Through this story it is said that when a beloved pet dies, they cross over Rainbow Bridge where there are meadows and hills for all animals to run and play together. 
 
Rainbow Bridge Memorials (www.rainbowbridge-memorials.com) created by native Dubliner Jennifer Muldowney embodies the Rainbow Bridge story by using an array of vibrant colors in their packaging and in their jewelry designs, which they hope will help grieving families remember that their precious pet is in a safe and happy place now. 
When a family pet is lost it is even more important to help small children to grieve. Losing a pet is often their first experience with death and it should be addressed in a safe and caring way. Here are a few ways to honor and celebrate a pet that has crossed over Rainbow Bridge for this year’s International Pet Memorial Day: 

 

  • Plant a tree or a shrub in your garden as a living memorial for your fur baby.
  • Create a keepsake box or make a scrapbook with notes, diary entries, photographs, old leashes or toys that are special. a scrapbook
  • Frame a few of your favorite pet pictures to display around your home. Audrey Dalton creates beautiful ‘pawtraits' to hang in your home. (www.pawtrait.ie)
  • Put a picture of your fur baby onto a pretty paperweight to place on the mantelpiece or on your dresser. (Paperweight)
  • Make a donation or volunteer at an animal-based charity or rescue such as Dogs Trust (www.dogstrust.ie) or the DSPCA (www.dspca.ie). Giving back to animals in need may help you in the grieving process.
  • Have some of your pets ashes/fur placed into a beautiful piece of jewelry with Rainbow Bridge Memorials. (www.rainbowbridge-memorials.com)
  • Talk to someone. Sit down with family, friends, or neighbors who knew your pet and share your favorite memories or stories together with them.

 However you choose to remember your pet will be a perfect representation of the animal who captured your heart. This year, take a few minutes to sit down and think about the wonderful animals that have enriched your life. For those who are celebrating a pet who is still alive, be sure to give them a big hug and some extra love and attention on this very special occasion

Thanksgiving Competition

Thanks a million

We have been going for nearly 4 years now and what an amazing journey it has been and we are still going strong and developing our range to suit you, our customers. We've been through so much with you and we are thankful that you share some of your most heartbreakingly beautiful moments with us.

When trying to decide on designs for our collections we usually play around with different shapes and colours and as a result we have a few 'samples' that we don't need anymore because they have become a permanent part of our collections.

We have 4 beautiful pieces here (obviously with NO ash!) that we want to give to you in thanks for your support. All you have to do is comment on Facebook "LOVE", Leave the same comment below or send us an email to info@rainbowbridge-memorials.com with the Subject/Message LOVE and your address and that's it!

We will choose 4 lucky winners at random and who knows we might even be in the mood to give EVERYONE who enters a little something ;-)

Winner will be chosen from a hat LIVE on Facebook at 8pm on ThanksGiving which is Thursday 24th of November!

Irish Dog Breeds

 The Dogs of Ireland.

Being Irish I might have a special place in my heart for these breeds but I think they truly represent Ireland, the Irish spirit and the warm Irish soul.

Irish red setters and Bus Eireann

Independent, stubborn, intelligent and always up to no good, the Irish Setter sounds like my perfect dog! It is a tireless puppy that will hunt in wet or dry weather. The name setter comes from the knack of ‘setting’ which means locating and point out game birds. It is a popular dog with American politicians.

Such a beautiful dog both physically and mentally, there are two types. The red one is the more physically glamorous with its luscious red locks. It is the icon of one of the most famous bus brands in Ireland Bus Eireann. The red and white one faced near extinction during WWI. So much so, that it is pretty possible that every current red and white Irish setter has descended from a poorly female puppy what was given to a Maureen Cuddy in 1940. She almost single handedly saved this special breed from extinction.

Irish water spaniel

Another Irish breed - the little known (probably because of its name!) Irish pup is the Irish Water Spaniel. It’s such an interesting breed. It has two coats - one short, dense and thick layer that provides warmth and insulation. Their outer layer provides protection and water resistance.

 Irish greyhound

Lastly we could not mention Irish dog breeds without mentioning the noble Irish Wolfhound. It has played its part in much folklore, many historic battles, featured in fairytales and more but there is nothing imaginary about this gentle giant. They are known for their hunting prowess but also their companionship, which gave way to the saying “Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked.” Often owned by nobility Irish Greyhounds have been homed with Richard III, Anne Boyleyn, Henry VII, Queen Elizabeth I and George Washington to name but a few.

The Vatican and me, Head to Head!

So the latest this week was the ‘ruling’ from the Vatican who ‘ordered’ Catholics to keep ashes in a sacred place rather than at home. Umm sorry now, I consider myself catholic and I don’t see anything MORE sacred than my own home where love and family are the biggest contributors??!

They also reckon the ‘remains of the faithful’ should be left in consecrated ground such as a cemetery plot which is interesting because we have to pay for said plot.
Church authorities also say that ashes must not be scattered in the air, on land or at sea, but yet these are all of ‘god’s’ creation are they not???

I’m sorry but I am not having it, yes of course I am biased as this affects my business of cremation memorials but I think it is a load of BS, and JUST when I was starting to dig our current Pope.

People are turning to more natural and green alternatives - natural burials, scattering ashes in the sea or on land are all deemed more natural currently.

My business is memorial jewellery, putting cremated ashes into jewellery so people can keep them close to them for as long as they live. I am catholic so what does this make me? Unfatihful? A Judas?

For me, this ‘ruling’ has nothing to do with religion at all and more with the church making money and exercising their control over ‘the faithful’. Well those ‘faithful’ are about to become the faithful departed if they don’t sort their beans out!

They cannot just make rules up as they go along. One minute cremation is out, then for convenience sake, it's in but don’t separate the ashes! Then it must be on sacred ground. Enough already! Sacred is whatever is SACRED TO YOU, the loved ones left behind. End of story.
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