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Therapy Animals Provide Comfort and Connection (Part Two)

[On Mondays (Luna's Day) we've been sharing insights about animals and their value and meaning in our lives.

Several people have written in to share appreciation for the very special role their companion animals have played in their lives.

Ray described how much his service dog, Sarah, means to him:
...I am trying to do all that I can to prepare for the loss of my service dog and companion of, now, 14...
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Animals

Therapy Animals Provide Comfort and Connection

[On Mondays (Luna's Day) we've been sharing insights about animals and their value and meaning in our lives.

I recall the last weeks of my father's life, especially the day that my brother brought Moose, his enormous, gentle Rhodesian Ridgeback, to the hospice.

Every resident wanted to touch and pat Moose, who patiently made his rounds and gave everyone a generous turn.

The synergy between each dying human being and this warm, friendly dog was...
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Our Older Pets Are Even More Precious

On Mondays (Luna's Day) we've been talking about animals and their special place in our lives.

This weekend we took Malcolm, my oldest cat, to the beach with us.

18 years old and multiply disabled, Malcolm retains every bit of his intrepid personality. He loves adventure, loves people, is used to car rides and understands how vacations work (anywhere your family and food dish are, is "home").

Malcolm's not that much younger than my children. He...
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The Decision to Euthanize A Pet


Our beloved cat, Luna, passed away on her own, but so many pets need our help to end their suffering.
I heard from many people who had to make the difficult decision to euthanize a much-loved animal.

Kathleen's story about Fuzzie, her pet rabbit, was especially moving:
...I had to put my long time friend, Fuzzie to sleep on Saturday. She was much more than a 6 1/2 lb ball of...
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Photography To Help Us Grieve and Remember


We've been talking about the loss of beloved pets, their meaning in our lives and ways to process the grief we feel when they pass away.
I'm devoting the next several Mondays (Luna's Day) to sharing thoughts about the value of animals, and also about grieving and loss.

Look at this extraordinary contribution from Mark Estes:
One of my volunteer duties as a pro photographer for Now I Lay Me ...
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