Monday, June 12, 2017

Euthanasia : Should Pet Parents Be There?

Mr. Molson got hitched!
Yesterday I came across an incredibly touching and humourous article in the Toronto Sun about a family who is ensuring that every remaining day of their beloved pooch Mr. Molson is one to remember. The 12 year old Golden Retriever was diagnosed with terminal cancer in March, so the Griffin family came up with a bucket list for the pooch to complete.

After reading the article the memories came flooding back of my beloved dogs that have passed away, and they reminded me of one question so many people have asked me over the years, and that's what I want to focus on today.

The question is simple :

"When you had to put your dogs down, did you go into the room with them?"

My answer is just as simple :

"Of course I did, each and every time."

Note : I always make sure to include the words, "of course" because I want people to know that as hard of a situation as it is, it's one I think every pet parent should be there for. I recognize that some people are less comfortable in dealing with death in any form, and I'm certainly not one to be able to judge anyone else's decision when it comes to the heartbreaking decision of saying goodbye to a beloved pet but if I may, I'll tell you why I feel it's important.

I had to put my first pooch (Billie, who was AMAZING!!) down shortly after my dad died and honestly, it was just as or even harder to go through. I believe the reason for this is that as pet parents, we are the ones making a life or death decision as opposed to other medical professionals, and it weighs very heavily on us. I had never actually witnessed the euthanasia of a pet before, so naturally I was concerned for her physical comfort. I will say that the physical aspect of euthanasia is incredibly peaceful and is easier to go through than the emotional one. Every time I've gone through the experience the dogs have simply drifted into sleep, with no discomfort or gasping for air as some might imagine (sometimes I wish we could all go as peacefully, but that's another discussion for another time). Although I wept just as much as I did seeing my father pass I was, and still to this day am, so incredibly comforted that I could be there to hold and comfort one of the few beings who has unconditionally loved me throughout my life.

Every experience with euthanizing a pet is different, and I do believe some pets know what is going on. When I had to have my brother's dog put down he was shaking and incredibly nervous upon entering the vet, whereas he had never before exhibited that behaviour at the dozens of previous vet appointments in his long life. When all was said and done again I felt a great deal of comfort knowing that as nervous as he was, he was calmer as I spoke to him, pet him, cuddled him, and looked him in the eyes the whole time as I told him his dad loved him. Certainly, having a pet that is more nervous going to the doctor is all the more reason do be there and hold their paw, just as you'd hold your child's hand.

I could tell you about my other two experiences with euthanizing pets (and I likely will in the comments on this post) but truth be told I'm tearing up and besides, this post isn't about me! It's about what I feel is a responsibility we all share when it comes to saying goodbye to out beloved four legged family members. Yes it will be one of the hardest things you will experience in your life, but it is one I feel is important for the pet parent and most importantly for the pet.

Please feel free to share your thought in the comments. While we can likely agree there's no, "right or wrong" answer when it comes to being with your pet when they are euthanized, how do you feel about the issue?


Thursday, May 25, 2017

PetVibe Teams Up With Woofstock® to Support Animals In Need

      The one-stop-shop app for all things pet-centric is donating $1 to animal rescues for each new                                            member that joins using the “rescue” referral code

TORONTO, (May 24, 2017) – PetVibe, the industry leading app for in-the-know pet owners, is pleased to announce a partnership with Woofstock®, North America’s largest dog festival, in support of the 15 rescue groups who are partaking in the festival this year.

Beginning May 25th, 2017 PetVibe has pledged to donate $1 for the first 10,000 verified new users, who join the PetVibe community using the “rescue” referral code.

“As a team of pet owners, we at PetVibe are big believers in supporting the trusted rescue organizations that work tirelessly to help pets, right here in our local neighborhoods.” Says Paul Nault, CEO of PetVibe Inc. “That’s why, it’s so important for us to set the tone within our community and get our members involved in doing the same. By dedicating $10,000 for the first 10,000 new users who join PetVibe using the “rescue” referral code, we begin the relationship with our new members by giving to great causes on their behalf. We know that the rescues will put these much-needed funds to good use, but we also hope to inspire our members to continue to give what they can -- whether that be their time or their money -- to the amazing fostering organizations and shelters
that have given so many of us our best friends.”

"We are excited to have PetVibe join us at Woofstock this year and look forward working with them in the future and fundraising for our 15 different Rescue Groups in our Rescue Village." Says Teanna Lindsay, co-owner of Woofstock.

The promotion will run through June 10th, 2017 and will be applied to each new PetVibe account when the “rescue” referral code is entered upon downloading the app.

Take advantage of this opportunity to give back and add PetVibe to your smartphone by visiting the links below:

For iOS - https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/petcomm-connecting-the-pet-community/id1140363069?mt=8 

For Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.paul.petcomm

About PetVibe

PetVibe is your one-stop-shop app for all things pet-centric.

Founded in 2016, PetVibe was created for and by pet lovers just like you. A place to connect with your community in a safe, engaging and informative environment, PetVibe is always just a phone tap away.

Jam packed with useful features like a business directory and user generated reviews, local meetup and event listings, social networking, and even lost pet alerts, PetVibe keeps its members in-the-know -- no matter where they, nor what time of day.

Plus, with local coupons and promos, contests and giveaways, PetVibe connects pet owners with the latest and greatest pet products and services all designed to help you make the most of pet ownership.

And when life doesn’t go as planned, PetVibe has you covered. The PetPals section was designed to give pet owners in peril support and assistance. Whether it’s temporary help or co-ownership, PetPals is here to help pets and their owners stay together and keep dogs and cats out of shelters.

What can PetVibe users expect next? PetVibe plans to rollout great features like dog-friendly locations, informational articles, a loyalty program, in-app shopping experiences, product reviews and even a live Q&A forum.

To learn more about PetVibe please visit: info.petvibe.com/