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Memory Lane Portraits by Rhonda Lester is partnering with Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal, 50% of pet portrait session fees will be donated to the publication. The journal provides our community a platform to share stories of hope, healing, loss and memorials of a loved one, pregnancy or pet.

Memory Lane Portraits by Rhonda Lester creates beautiful artistic portraits of pets and their families. They welcome well-loved animals of all types and ages and love capturing the unique personality of each.

Rhonda is partnering with Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal by donating 50% of all pet session fees booked through mentioning this ad. Rhonda has over 25 years experience in photography, and compassion for capturing the love between owner and companion.

Rhonda’s first pet session was for a dog with terminal cancer, named Chester. His owner, Sheila, wanted something special to remember her beautiful and beloved Chester, as he had been part of the family for so many years. When they arrived at the studio, Sheila wasn’t sure Chester would cooperate, as he usually disliked being photographed. Knowing this, and how important the portraits were, Rhonda was a little nervous about how the session was going to progress. She was used to being patient and playful with reluctant children to capture the best pictures, and decided to apply those same skills. Staying calm, Rhonda not only got Chester’s cooperation, but a variety of heart warming images­. The result was a priceless portrait of a very much-loved companion, Chester……

“End of Life Photography” was provided for the pet owners of Monty, adopted 15 years ago from a shelter. He is a very special part of the family, being the first of 7 dogs to enter the household.

It is said, 78% of owners consider pets a full-fledged part of the family and rightly so.

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Consider having a professional portrait of your loyal 4-legged friends with Rhonda Lester (336.474.6867), she has a heart of gold and also a volunteer photographer for a national non-profit,  Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, photographing deceased babies for bereaved parents. These photographs provide families with keepsakes to begin their healing journey.

Thank you for partnering with Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™Journal and we appreciate all you do Rhonda.

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February is Heartworm Prevention month –

Holistic pet care for your furry Valentines!

by Terry Rader  

Each February when we celebrate those dearest to our hearts, why not remember our four-legged companions with a gift of perfect health on Valentine’s Day? Include an annual Wellpet Exam each February along with a heartworm test. Here, in the South, where mosquitoes are abundant, protecting our pets from heartworm disease is necessary.

Heartworm prevention requires a strong, healthy immune system – this begins with proper diet. Look for holistic, wholesome pet foods with nutritious ingredients that list the meat as the first ingredient, not “meat-by-products” or “meal”. Dogs and cats are carnivores and their digestive systems do much better with real meat and veggies rather than a lot of grain. It is also a good practice to alternate the meats (chicken, lamb, fish) every few months so that your pets do not develop sensitivities to the same foods.

 

If your present veterinarian is not up on holistic alternatives, you may want to add a holistic veterinarian to your pet’s wellness team. I have worked with allopathic and holistic vets together since 1994. Calling your holistic vet for alternatives can often save your companion from unnecessary vaccinations and medications with side effects. There are also many herbal remedies and supplements to further strengthen your pet’s immunity to disease.

 

 

Victoria Farthing, DVM at Animal Wellness Center at Concord Farm in Virginia says: Interceptor® is safer for many dogs with different ailments including epileptics, a lot more dogs are getting on it, plus it aids in whipworm eradication. Heartguard® only treats roundworms and hookworms. Real natural prevention includes additional protection from mosquitoes using topical treatments of Neem oil and specific essential oils in safe dilutions (some essential oils can burn the skin and should not be used at all).”

 

In summary, your choices for Heartworm Prevention include:

1) Holistic prevention (not yet proven by itself)

2) Interceptor® (give every 6 weeks instead of monthly)

3) Heartgard® (contains Ivermectin, very toxic to Aussies/Collies)

4) Vaccination (I avoid all unnecessary vaccinations, see http://www.charlesloopsdvm.com/vaccinations.html)

 

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This information is not meant to replace professional veterinary prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with a holistic veterinarian before following any new holistic treatment for your beloved pets. Find one in your area at http://www.ahvma.org/

 

Terry Rader is a Writer, Wellness Herbalist/Consultant and Flower Essences Practitioner, working with dogs (especially seniors & chronic immune disease) since 1994, see http://www.doedreamers.com/kayla.html

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Tiny Belle Arina Brings Joy-For The Second Time

 Her bluish colored tongue was lying on the lap of the frantic driver rushing to the hospital and her head seemed to be attached to her neck by only her skin. The two-and-a-half-pound Yorkshire Terrier had fallen three feet off her owner’s lap onto hard flooring after hearing the doorbell ring. Tiny Belle Arina lay lifeless as children Luke (13) and Caroline (7) were hysterically screaming. Their mother Tricia, grabbed car keys and the paralyzed pet and ran to the car to head to the closest veterinary hospital.

 

On the seemingly longest drive of her life, Tricia prayed for the recovery of their family pet. She kept crying, “I will praise you every day of my life if you let her live.”

 Tricia kept thinking how traumatic this would be for her children to witness such a horrific ending to a beloved member of their family.

 Before reaching the hospital, the limp body of Belle moved as she took a small breath.

 

With a glimpse of hope, Tricia and her husband waited for the x-ray of Belle to be interpreted by the doctor. The report was not positive and they were told to go immediately to the emergency veterinary hospital. Belle was then put on oxygen to help her breathe.

 Tricia prayed for 20 minutes and then the doctor came in and said Belle was fine and could be taken home. They had no explanation for Belle’s condition, and Tricia truly believes this was a faith building event and a sign from the Lord. When they returned home, Luke was in the front window on his knees praying to spare Belle her life.

The family is much richer in faith and love because of the smallest member, Belle Arina.

Greensboro chapter of the American Red Cross offers CPR classes to save the lives of our pets.

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Workshop for Families-Creating Love Memorials™ in Greensboro, N.C.

Are pictures sitting in a box with journals, recipes, or other handwritten memorabilia of loved ones passed? Bring your keepsakes to create beautiful works of art with your own hands, where no experience is necessary and all supplies are complementary.

 Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal and other local organizations are sponsoring the first Creating Love Memorials™ Workshop for families. Feel free to bring any 2 dimensional papers, fabric or tags to incorporate, whether from a loved one or beloved pet. Professionals will be on site in the craft area to assist children in creating paper keepsakes.

Adults will have the opportunity to design an awareness ribbon for the cause of their choice. Below is a ribbon for a Grandmother with Alzheimer’s Disease.

A Love Memorial™ is a keepsake or sympathy gift, going beyond the typical cards, flowers or food. It is a thoughtful creation showing compassion for each specific situation. Many samples will be provided, including; pressed flowers, metal, jewelry, scrapbooking, woodwork, decoupage, gardens, stone, glass, photography and photo montages. Community resources will provide literature on babysitting classes, support forums, alternative funeral options and more. Also joining us are local animal rescue groups with adoptable pets. Our fire and police departments will share safety tips.  After school food and beverages will be served. Energy work sessions will be offered, and music performed by Jennifer Cockman during the workshop.

Thursday September 23rd

2000 East Wendover Ave. from 3-6pm

 Bring and share your own memorial keepsakes. These may be an inspiration to someone else.

Come and meet our resources (click for more information)

More resources include

  • Ameriprise Financial- planning for the future
  • Colonial Life- employee benefits counselor
  • New York Life- life insurance protecting families
  • GDR Credit Solutions- affordable help for those in need of improving credit scores

It is never too late to remember……………..

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My beagle who is  10 years old lost his eye sight a few weeks ago.  I noticed  he lost weight and before going blind, would open his eyes wider. When his energy level was low and his tail wouldn’t wag, I took him to the doctor and they kept him for 2 nights because he was so sick.

Moby was diagnosed with diabetes and had a blood sugar level of 800, norm being 80-150. Weight loss occurred because insulin was needed to feed the cells much-needed blood sugar or glucose. When the cells aren’t being fed, they steal nourishment from fat cells, therefore the weight loss. Other signs are;

  • increased thirst
  • frequent urination
  • depression
  • blindness due to cataracts

Since there is no cure for Diabetes, ongoing treatment is required of the owner. The doctor packed up several syringes, a couple of viles of insulin and instructions. I was nervous about giving Moby shots, but that feeling was short-lived. I had to learn fast, for 3 other doggies were very curious at injection time.

Moby receives 6 units twice a day (12 hours apart) and supplies are kept in the refrigerator. Below is the type of insulin prescribed, but also suggested Humulin N would work too. Insulin can be picked up at almost any pet supply store.

One syringe will last for a week.

Fill the syringe with air, same as the dosage. Moby’s dose is 6 units, so 6 units of air are pulled into the needle.

Take the syringe and insert into insulin vile. We are inserting 6 units of air in order to extract 6 units of insulin. This will keep air bubbles out.

Turn upside down and pull down the units needed.

Take your syringe and bring a treat to distract. Works every time. I am giving Moby his shot on the upper area of his back. Just pull some loose skin, stick and shoot. Nothing to it, just make sure there isn’t a wet spot, which means needle was not inserted properly.

After 2 weeks of insulin injections, Moby’s blood was tested and was a much better number of 200.

Some causes of pet diabetes are; genetic disposition, obesity, poor diet, stress or abnormal hormones. This is a manageable condition and Moby’s tail is happily wagging again.

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A new exotic bird shop in Greensboro, NC 2828-D Battleground Avenue, Stephie’s Birds & Supplies has opened its doors. Wow, what a selection of exotic birds, supplies, cages, food and also support.

Some of the birds are very lovable.

Stop by for a visit with the kids and maybe one of them will whistle or talk to you.

Peace

Diana

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Her Bleak Future Lasted 15 Years

It felt as though she could jump out from behind the glossy image to give me a big wet kiss. This beautiful creature gave more to her owner than unconditional love. Kayla was the underdog of a litter with a number of unseen health problems.

Terry Rader is the proud owner of Kayla, an Australian Shepherd, aka “Blue Gypsy Spirit” who was set free August 27th 2009 after 15 years of companionship. Letting Kayla transition to the other side was Terry’s final gift to her beloved pet. Kayla was a soul mate to Terry and fueled her passion to continue to help others with pet loss and grief, beyond her life. Terry has been helping dogs holistically for almost a decade, based on her experiences with Kayla.

At six months of age, Kayla had been diagnosed with CISD (Chronic Immune System Disease), and allergic to everything. At 7 years old, Kayla’s kidneys started to fail and were accompanied by other aliments; arthritis, heart murmur and hip dyspolasia. Terry knew there had to be another alternative to cortisone shots and other medications to help Kayla and found her first solutions in a book by Dianne Stein called, “Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats”. Terry also worked with Dr. Charles Loops, DVM who practices homeopathy on animals. “Choosing to take care of an animal holistically was not an easy task, since many vets were not open to alternative options back then,” stated Terry.

 

The last year of Kayla’s life involved constant care and communication by using hand signals and telepathy after Kayla lost her hearing. Terry reassured her that everything would be OK and needed to explain to Kayla that she could not occupy to her old body after being cremated as her spirit was now set free. The upside-down squirrel on the screen window during our interview was one way that Kayla showed me how she returns to visit Terry. Nature is the medium for their communication where Terry composes beautiful poetry and stories embracing eternal love.

 

Terry also believes in the philosophy of the Mayan’s regarding crying. By releasing tears for a loved one, we are filling up the river carrying the canoe to the other side.

“Give your pets and yourself the most natural diet and holistic healthcare you can find. Don’t pretend a treatment is okay if it doesn’t feel right to you, but realize that Western medicine does some good things too. Be as loyal to your four-legged companions as they are to you. Every step we take to live more naturally brings us more in line with living in harmony with the Earth.” from Earth Harmony: Loving Our Pets- Holistically and Unconditionally by Terry Rader as published in AWB Summer 2007 issue, read full story at http://www.doedreamers.com/EHstories.html#6.

Thank you for sharing your story of Kayla with the community.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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It has been surveyed by the Humane Society of the U.S.A. that between 70-87% of pet owners consider their pet as a full fledged part of the family. The grief from loosing a pet is real pain and owners will walk through the healing process as if a family member has died.

Most people don’t understand how someone can grieve so heavily over a lost pet. Society is just not comfortable with death, and grief. And when you are talking about an animal, even if a beloved pet, they really don’t get it. Your grievous loss is easily dismissed in their minds (“Good grief, it’s just a cat”).

You have come to the right place for a sympathetic ear to your pet death grief. We understand how deep and loving the bond between man and animal can be, and how the grief when a pet dies can be just as profound as that felt when a human dies. 

Pet death…

Are you the friend of someone stricken by the loss of a much-loved pet? We provide some really thoughtful and caring ways for you to express your sympathy to your bereaved friend below. But keep in mind that you needn’t spend a lot of money to show your support. What your buddy needs right now more than anything is your understanding and sympathy. Do NOT belittle his or her right to grieve his lost pet. Do NOT urge him to get a replacement pet. Read on for a exploration on pet-loss bereavement and ways to lend support:

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Jennie is a prolific writer and has authored many articles published on the Internet, covering a wide range of self-help topics.

Jennie Wright, RN, RRT, GC-C

http://www.recover-from-grief.com

Thank you Jennie, for understanding how much we love our pets.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Author unknown…

 

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 We walked on a golden floor of autumn leaves, under an arbor to a heart-shaped garden with silver stars twinkling overhead. In the center was a raised area edged in sea shells, adorned with an angel statue and plaque with a water fountain serving as a headstone. Faye Floyd, a local hair stylist, lost her beloved pet Pudge after 14 years of companionship on July 23, 2009 due to age and diabetes. The memory garden for Pudge is located 40 feet from her back door where she can see it from inside the home.

 Faye and her seventeen year old son, Brad Marley fell in love with the underdog of a friend’s litter. The fuzzy and pudgey chow mix puppy quickly became a full-fledged part of the family. He slept in Faye’s bed, ate at the kitchen table and road shotgun in the car, not to mention having complete run of the house. Faye started and ended her day with Pudge by her feet.

 On a chilly afternoon August 22, 2009 35 guests attended a memorial ceremony in Faye’s backyard to honor Pudge’s life. The high number of attendees was a true testimony of the love for Pudge and the support for Faye. There were 3 readings, a song sung and composed by Brad with the entire ceremony videotaped by a friend. The lyrics and readings touched on the love, memories and the hope of seeing him again. When I asked Faye what helped her through this difficult time  she said reading a book titled,  “Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates”, building his memory garden and the support of family and friends who knew of their unbreakable bond.

 I thank Faye for sharing this touching story of the love for a pet sadly missed.

The memory garden is just beautiful. Faye was worried about what I would think because of my profession as a landscape designer. She had nothing to worry about, I was just glad that a garden was the type of memorial chosen to honor Pudge.

 

Every element in the garden has meaning and symbolism.

 

The angel was a statue given to Faye’s mother at an earlier point in time.

Rest in Peace Pudge

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana Gardner-Williams

Publisher-Just a Cloud Away, Inc™ Journal

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