Posts Tagged ‘cats’

Pet Memorial Day – September 14, 2014

September 26, 2014

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It was a beautiful day with blue skies and a gentle breeze caressing our faces.  There were so many folks in attendance; we brought out extra chairs for those who wanted to sit during the ceremony and blessing of the animals.  We thank our many friends who were able to attend and for those who could not be there, we were with you in Spirit and Prayer.  Although, National Pet Memorial Day was held at Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens and other special events across the country on September 14, 2014, we can memorialize our pets any day of the year.  Creating a special memorial for your pet can be as simple or elaborate as you desire.  It is personal preference and what ever is meaningful to you.  Included are a few suggestions, should you desire to create your own personalized memorial for your beloved pet.  Anything you decide to do should meet your special need to express your sorrow over your loss and share your feelings while paying a tribute to the special bond you share with your pet.

If you like to write, create a special poem or story about your pet. It can be in the form of an article, song, letter, obituary or eulogy sharing your feelings about saying goodbye to your special pet.

Share verbal stories and let others know it is okay to talk about their feelings about your pet.  It is better to keep the memories alive rather than act as though nothing has changed.

Place a small clipping of fur, feather, or teeth in a small container or locket.

If your pet had a special skill or competed in events, create a memory book, shadow box, or make a wall hanging from the ribbons.  Some people make quilts or pillows from the ribbon fabric from the pet’s winning competitions.

Decorate a candle or candle holder and light it in memory of your beloved pet.

Write his or her name on a balloon and release the balloon.

Donate a  book to the a local library in honor of your pet.  Please the pet’s name on the bookplate inside the front cover of the book.

Children need to express their grief also.  Create an art corner where they can draw pictures, write stories, or just talk about their memories of their pet.

Have a professional artist create a painting of your pet from a favorite photo.

Have items imprinted (watch, mug, notepads, t-shirt, etc.) with your pet’s photo.

Purchase a stuffed animal or statue that resembles your pet and put your pet’s collar around its neck.

There are many ways to memorialize your pet.  Check out these webpages for more ideas.

http://www.visitrollingacres.com

http://www.lovinghearts.com

http://www.pet-loss.net

http://www.dogtime.com

http://www.vetstreet.com

Caring for the Homeless and Their Pets – Need Food Now

July 25, 2014

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What could be more unfortunate than for someone to lose everything, but their beloved pet, and find themselves in need of help to keep their companion animal, often the only family they have left?  Pets provide comfort and companionship to the homeless.  Many homeless situations are temporary and the family is in need of help in the short-term in order to keep their pet(s).

Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens is proud to support the Uplift Organization where their main goal is to assist the homeless, including their pets.  Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets seeks donations of pet food, toys, leashes, collars, blankets, towels and pet beds.  If your pet has outgrown a collar or leash, has a diet change and you have an open bag of pet food you won’t use, or one your pet doesn’t like; just tape up the open bag and bring it to Rolling Acres.  Your donations will be distributed to the homeless in the community.

Our volunteer coordinator from Uplift Organization says their shelves are overflowing in December.  She wishes people would recognize the need throughout the year, especially during the months of June, July and August as the need is just as great in the summer as it is in December.  The shelves are currently almost bare.  We need food NOW !!!!

In September 2001, Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets started soliciting contributions for homeless people’s pets, either pet food or money for pet food.  This was after it came to Nancy Piper’s attention that many homeless people also have pets.  Some of their concerns are food for their pets, veterinary care, and the afterlife care of their pets – the same as ours!  Collectible items such as blankets, towels, and clothing is needed, as well as pet food. If you have anything to donate, just bring it to Rolling Acres and we will deliver it for you.  In 2013, with the generous and overwhelming assistance of the community, Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets provided 6,112 pounds of dry pet food, 391 cans of canned pet food, cat and dog treats, as well as pet beds, pet carriers, toys, collars, leashes, pet brushes, and combs to Homeless Peoples’ Pets.  The need for this support has been increasing in recent months.  Rolling Acres thanks the public for their help in this year-round project.  Uplift Organization is the primary benefactor of the pet food and supplies.  We also supply the Red Cross with pet food.

Summer time and the living is easy? Not inside your vehicle – for your pets.

June 3, 2014

Looks can be deceiving.  On the outside on a 70 degree day, the inside of a vehicle can heat to over 100 degrees in just a few minutes.  In a very short time, a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day can succumb to heatstroke and/or suffocation and die.  Even in the shade, on a 78 degree day, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees – and rise to a scalding 160 degrees in the sun!  Even with windows cracked open a bit.  A common misnomer by many people is that their pet will be safe with the windows cracked open.  Never leave pets or children in parked cars even for short periods of time, even if the temperatures are in the 60s and even higher.  Rolling down windows and parking in the shade will not guarantee safety or protection, since temperatures can quickly climb into the danger zone.

Many people ask about leaving the dog in the car with the air-conditioning running?  This is still extremely hazardous.  For example, in 2003, a police dog in Texas died after the air conditioning in the patrol car shut down and began blowing hot air.  The air system’s compressor had kicked off because the engine got too hot.  Newer model automobiles have computerized functions, and are prone to the same problem.  In less than 30 minutes, a North Carolina couple lost two of their beloved dogs, and nearly lost a third, as a result of a similar vehicular failure in the hot August sun.

In many states it is against the law to leave a dog in a car after the temperature reaches a certain point.  Owners and pet sitters can be held legally accountable and pay fines or be incarcerated for neglect and abuse of their pet, even in the most innocent of situations when a dog is left in the car for even a few minutes.  More recently a pet sitter/dog walker is under prosecution after six pets left in her care were left in a vehicle and died due to heat exhaustion after being left in the vehicle. 

Dogs are not able to sweat like humans.  Cats and dogs cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paws.  They can go into duress and collapse, suffer organ failure, brain damage and potentially die of heatstroke.  In just 15 minutes, an animal’s body temperature can rise from a normal temperature to one of deadly levels that will damage the nervous and cardiovascular systems, often leaving the animal comatose, dehydrated and at risk of permanent impairment or death.

What should you do if you see an animal or child in a car on a hot day?

  • Take down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number.
  • Have the owner paged in the store and call animal control/police.
  • Have someone keep an eye on the animal, or child.
  • Don’t leave the scene until the situation has resolved.  If police are unresponsive or too slow and the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will back up your assessment, take steps to remove the suffering animal, and then wait for authorities to arrive.

THIS IS a tragedy that is PREVENTABLE – if you truly love your pets – LEAVE THEM HOME

Leaving an animal in a vehicle on a warm day is like placing them in a furnace. 

At highest risk are puppies to 6 months of age; older large breeds 7 years and above, small breeds 14 and above, dogs with short muzzles/snouts with a wide heat; ill-overweight-over exerted; black or thick coats; dehydrated; or any existing medical conditions.

DANGER SIGNS:

If you think your companion is suffering from heatstroke, immediately remove him or her to a cool, shady place.  Try to slowly lower the animal’s temperature by placing in cool, not cold water; apply ice to the head and neck area; GET TO A VETERINARIAN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS FOLLOW-UP CARE IS CRITICAL TO HIS WELL BEING. 

LOOK FOR: rapid panting, bright red tongue, red or place gums, thick, sticky saliva; depression; weak/dizzy; vomiting/diarrhea; shock; coma.

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Let Your Love Grow

April 25, 2014

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.  All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”  Helen Keller

Your beloved pet has passed away, you chose a private cremation so you have your pet’s ashes and you are wondering what to do next. How do you memorialize such a special relationship? There are so many options and decisions to make and your mind is so overwhelmed with the grieving of your loss, it is difficult to know what to do.

“Let Your Love Grow” is a relatively new option that many people are unaware of when  making decisions about memorializing of their pet.  “Let Your Love Grow” provides the opportunity to have a living memorial of your pet, by using the cremated ashes of a loved one to nourish the plant.  A common misconception is that cremated ashes can be used by themselves in the ground, under or around  a new or existing plant or tree, and that the ashes will help the plants grow.  On the contrary, the cremated ashes on their own will not allow for the release of the nutrients which as in the pet’s ashes.  Instead of nurturing plants, the untreated ashes will actually harm surrounding plant life.  The high pH of cremated ash does not allow nutrients to become available for plant life; additionally, the high sodium (salt) content of cremated ash can harm plant life.  “Let Your Love Grow” is a specially formulated organic mixture that lowers the pH and dilutes the harmful sodium (salt), as well as releases the nutrients from the cremated ashes. Regular soil and potting soil will not do this.  Using “Let Your Love Grow” is the answer to creating a living memorial.

Creating a living memorial is actually a very simple process.  Here are the steps:

1. Select a plant appropriate for your climate and situation.

2. Mix the appropriate amount of cremated ashes with “Let Your Love Grow” (we at Rolling Acres will help you with this; both the amounts and mixing, if you desire.)

3. Plant this mixture along with your chosen plant.

4. Water in abundance to keep plants healthy.

In the grief process, many of us want to have something we can touch and see to remind us of the one who is no longer here and keep them close to us of the one who is no longer here and keep them close to us. Nothing could ever replace that life; however, selecting a plant or tree for your home or garden is a wonderful way to cherish and celebrate the special bond you have with your pet. A plant or tree is a living memorial – a way to express love that has not ended with death. the circle of life is continued when nourished by “Let Your Love Grow” and the cremated ashes.  Something extraordinary truly happens as it becomes a living symbol of the special life you shared.

 

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Catkins

March 6, 2014

Every once in a while you realize that life is more than meets the eye, and following your gut instinct is the right thing to do.  Why adopt a mother and entire litter of kittens one might ask?  Time is the true storyteller, since none of us “really” has a crystal ball.

In September 1999, when Nancy Piper adopted a mother cat and her litter of five kittens that had been dumped at a country veterinarian clinic, she not only saved six lives, she wove a legend of the “catkins” over their lifetimes.  They were dubbed the “catkins” because the kittens grew up to be cats and the Momcat was still with them.  The momma cat was very undernourished and could not nurse them during the first three days.  Then suddenly, she began to care for them.  Nancy wondered how she was going to place five kittens, but people began to step forward when they heard their story.  The “Momcat” was named Eileen.  Momma Eileen was a “grumpy cat” at first; ready to bite, or scratch, sometimes drawing blood.  She most likely had a trust issue; however, she grew to be the “sweet-grumpy” girl we loved.  In time, her periods of grumpiness grew shorter and her times of happiness and “kitty smiles” grew longer.

The “catkins” had distinct personalities.  One of the girls was so sweet, she immediately found a forever home.  Four of the kittens found their forever home at Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens.  Glory is a beautiful calico and Ginger is a gorgeous tortoiseshell.  They are both very shy.  They have become more social as time goes by, but still defer to their safe place when they feel the need.  Slowly, they have become more outgoing and expanded their social territory.  We are so proud of how far the girls have come socially.

Timothy was full of energy with an “in your face” attitude.  Nathan was calm, laid back, with low energy and most likely thought that Timothy was a real pest.  This wayward family has brought many memories to Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens.  The braided root three strand Ficus Tree now has only one trunk remaining with a few scratches and holes in it.  This tree still stands in our lobby as a tribute to the survival against overwhelming odds.  No Christmas Tree stands upright during the holiday without some outside help.

Sadly, 2013 has been the year the family chain was broken when Timothy became ill on May 9th.  He was affected by a physical condition that could only be repaired by a very risky surgical procedure that came with high potential for complications.  It was decided to allow him a peaceful sleep through gentle euthanasia rather than subject him to pain and misery of surgery with uncertain results.  Our Eileen was also taken to the vet many times with no diagnosis when she was off or did not act like herself.  It was finally decided that she had cancer in her abdomen/chest cavity.  She was having so much difficulty breathing and once again within 30 days a difficult decision needed to be made to allow her a peaceful sleep through gentle euthanasia.  However, she died naturally after being given just a sedative to relieve her discomfort and the decision was made for us.  She left her body on her own and crossed the rainbow bridge.

We are ever mindful of the joy animals bring to our lives.  This wayward family of “catkins” brought more than joy; they brought a sense of family connection through their journey of sharing their days with us in life and in death.  Tim, Eileen and Nathan were comfort cats, providing many a person with a warm furry body to love on one of the worst days of their lives.  There is no greater blessing than to have walked the journey of life knowing that you have improved the life of another.  That is what we desire to do with each and every being that comes through our doors.  It is our hope to provide the promise of a caring hand to help their hurting heart.

Momma Eileen and Chris          Timothy

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Creating Memories

February 15, 2014

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Every moment of every day presents the opportunity to make and preserve a special memory.  Once that moment has passed, it cannot be regained, however, the possibility of reliving that memory is real.  Each unique life provides special times of sharing.  We invite you to join us at Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens on March 15, 2014 for an enjoyable time of sharing and creating Keepsake Memory Books together.  We will provide all of the supplies for you to create a wonderful keepsake.  All you need to bring is your memories and photos or special items to place in your memory book.

Even if you do not consider yourself a creative or crafty person, you will enjoy this time of sharing and fellowship.  You can sign up through facebook in the events section or RSVP by calling 816-891-8888.  You can also email us at rollingacresinfo@gmail.com to reserve your spot.  You can even just drop in, we will have enough supplies for anyone who wants to stop by at the last minute.

Date:  March 15, 2014

Time: 3pm-5pm

Location:  Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens, 12200 N. Crooked Road, Kansas City, MO  64152

We look forward to seeing you.

Happy Valentines

February 11, 2014

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We cannot change the whole world, but we can change someone’s world.  Our mission is to serve those who think of their pet as one of the family by providing compassionate, dignified and ethical after life care for your pet.  Each life we touch through caring for your pets blesses us.  Through our services we strive to create a better world for you and your pet as you journey through the stages of life together.  We are here in your time of greatest need in providing afterlife care for your beloved pet(s).

V – Value – We VALUE you

A – Appreciate – We APPRECIATE your business

L – Love – We LOVE your pets as our own

E – Enjoy – We ENJOY helping people

N – Necessary – We CARE about the necessary grief and healing process

T – Time – We take the TIME to get things right

I – Interest – We are always INTERESTED in the human animal bond

N – Notice – We NOTICE every detail

E – End – We are there to help others to the END of life and beyond

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