There is something quite magnificent about animals and to those of us who are pet owners I particularly dedicate this podcast to YOU!
I lost my mini black panther Meisha on the 12th November. She was 15 years of age.
We got Meisha off death row from the RSPCA in Auckland when she was just a kitten. She was cheeky, self-sufficient, her own kind of lady boss and was a cruisey, loving sweetheart who gave her love unconditionally.
Losing a pet is heartbreaking, and I know for anyone listening to this will appreciate how much your heart and soul hurts when you do.
This week I particularly want to honour our beautiful wee Meisha. I also want to honour all the incredible VET’s out there. You guys do an amazing job, you are one of a kind and I love how you not only love all animals and somehow have to understand them and their problems, you also appreciate the owners and their love of their beloved pets.
You are phenomenal souls, and I particularly want to thank Nicklin Way Vets and Jan from Sunshine Vets for making our wee girls’ transition so beautiful. And thankyou to Pet Rest Cremations for also making this part of the grieving process that little bit easier. You are all incredible souls.
Even if you are not a pet owner one of the kindest and most thoughtful things is to give to your local RSPCA and Animal Refuge centres. These amazing places rely on us to support them to take care of the animals that have been hurt, lost or abandoned. Please give to them as often as you can even if it is your old towels and blankets. Every little bit matters.
To those of you who have lost a pet or have a sick pet, my heart goes out to you. I send all my love and the biggest of fur hugs.
Whenever someone loses a pet close to me I send them a copy of a book by Cynthia Rylant – Cat Heaven and Dog Heaven. They are gorgeous books for families who lose their fur baby.
Never underestimate the grief experienced in losing your pet. And give yourself the time and energy to grieve for them.
I am so grateful to Pet Rest Cremations here on the Sunshine Coast who took Meisha and then brought her back to us with this beautiful poem in the card with her paw print.
Do not stand and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand and mourn for me.
For with you, I will always be.
I am also grateful to my mum, my sister and brother for their love and messages as they loved our wee mini panther too. My brother sent me this wee message:
Paw Prints On My Heart
You came into my life one day, so beautiful and smart,
My dear and sweet companion, I loved you from the start.
And though I knew the time would come, when we would have to part,
You’ll never be forgotten, you left paw prints on my heart.
Here is the RSPCA’s website in Australia: https://www.rspca.org.au/
And here is the SPCA for NZ: https://www.spca.nz/
Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge: http://www.sippycreek.com.au/
Nicklin Way Vets: https://www.nicklinwayvet.com.au/
Sunset Vets: https://sunsetvets.com.au/
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