As Cherished Pets Foundation moves in to our 5th year, we are filled with gratitude and pride with our achievements to date and would like to thank everyone in our broader Cherished Pets community for supporting us this far. We need your support so that we can continue to provide the very special care we deliver to vulnerable elderly folk and people living with disabilities in our region.
Winter has hit with a vengeance. In the past few weeks we have experienced very cold temperatures, welcomed rain and even snow in some areas of Australia. For pets experiencing chronic illness, pain and arthritis, cold weather events are a challenge. For many of our older cherished pets, the cold weather simply tips them over the edge. As we move in to Winter we are urging people to consider the health and wellbeing of their cherished pets through this challenging season.
The CP Team was deeply saddened last month by the untimely passing of our very dearly loved cherished pet, Jasmine. Jasmine was a beautiful, gentle, kind and endearing blue Whippet girl born in May 2015. Jasmine and her exuberant canine buddy Dallas, along with their beautiful human, Pamela, have been recipients of our community pet care service since 2016. They recently relocated to Melbourne but we have stayed in contact and offered some support from afar.
Wow, 2018 was yet another huge year in the journey of Cherished Pets. As we move in to our 5th year of offering our very special service, we reflect on 2018 and its highlights, lessons and connections. Thank YOU for the role you continue to play in helping us grow our organisation, and move towards our shared dream so that the benefits and joy of companion pets can be accessible to all.
The CP Team was moved and saddened last month by the passing of three beloved clients in a very short space of time - Peter Hill, Yvonne Clark and Maureen Williams. They were all Cherished Pet Foundation recipients who had very special, loving bonds with their cherished pets. We are happy that we could support each and every one of their relationships and enable them to have a loving companion by their side.
Maureen was only recently referred to our service by her health provider due to concern about her deteriorating health and the urgent need to establish a care plan for her very cherished 4 year old German Shepherd, Jac. Jac is only young and suffers a serious immune-mediated condition that affects his gastrointestinal system. He is under the care of specialists and requires ongoing medication and very strict diet and lifestyle restrictions to maintain his health.
There is nothing like living the experience to learn. Meet Roxy, our 15 year old blind, deaf, demented 2kg Yorkshire Terrier who has given us several “deaths door” scares over the past two years, but on she goes, defying the odds and living an enriched life, at least during the 2-3 hours a day that she is actually awake.
Opening my email inbox at work on a Monday morning there was Molly. I recognised her photo from the night before when I had seen her profile on Pet Rescue. Seeing her in my inbox the following day must be a sure sign, I thought. A work colleague was her foster mum and I had been searching for a dog to adopt since my 17-year-old dog had reached the end of her life, nine months earlier.
Sometimes we are called to do hard things. Really hard. I recently attended one of the saddest cases I've dealt with. I had to remove a dying dog from a dying man. As simple as that. Mr H, elderly, frail, alone and facing terminal illness, has stubbornly refused to leave his home of many years, in spite of attempts from distant family and neighbours to get him to do so. He is refusing the medical care he needs to continue this life. He has lost his will.
Pet ownership is one of the best and most rewarding life experiences we can have however it can sometimes be unfriendly to our environment. Whilst we may not be 100% enviro- friendly and sustainable, with a bit of extra effort and by implementing some sustainable pet habits, we can all make a big impact. Below are some simple ideas to lessen your and your pet’s environmental impact.
It was a dark, wet, wintery night. I was in Year 12 at school and driving home from an evening debating event, still in my school uniform. It must have been around 9pm. Up ahead on the side of the road, between the rhythm of my windscreen wipers, and peering through a foggy screen, I saw the golden outline of something.
There are many dog trainers, organisations and clubs out there offering solutions and advice to “fix” your dog’s behaviour. So which one is best for you and your dog? To make the right choice, start by doing some homework. Unfortunately what some dog trainers don’t tell you is that the