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Heartbreaking Photo Series Captures The Raw Grief Of Owners As Their Pets Are Being Euthanized

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This series of pictures may be hard to get through.

The heartbreaking “Last Moments” series was created by photographer Ross Taylor. Taylor was “profoundly moved” when a close friend of his struggled with the death of her pet, and the idea for the series was born.

Each photo shows the loving bond between pet and owner, and is taken at the end of the pet’s life, either before or after the pet was euthanized at home.

All of the photos were taken throughout 2017 and 2018 around Tampa Bay, Florida. An at-home pet euthanasia service called Lap of Love provided assistance to each family, so that their beloved pets could pass away peacefully at home rather than in the vet’s office.


In this photo, Olesya Lykovi breaks down after her dog, Sam, dies. Right before the photo was taken, she had asked the doctor if her dog was gone.

The doctor said, “He has his wings now.”

Photo: Ross Taylor

When her beloved dog passed away, Kiara Manrique wept, saying, “I tried to do more, I tried to do all I can. But they said there’s nothing more I can do.”

Her sister, Kimberly, was there to comfort her in her grief.

Photo: Ross Taylor

Marquita Leibe paced the room for a little while before bending down to stroke her dog, Daisy, for the last time. Her husband, Donald, crouched next to her.

As Daisy was put to sleep, Donald stepped outside to compose himself.

Photo: Ross Taylor

As Asia was taken out to be buried, sibling Kai could sense something was different. He faithfully followed behind his humans and his friend as they drove slowly through the grass.

Photo: Ross Taylor

After digging a grave on their farm and placing Asia lovingly in it, owner Carrie Peterson dropped sunflowers over her.

“The smell of freshly turned earth is what I remember and how peaceful Asia looked within it,” photographer Ross Taylor said.

Photo: Ross Taylor

This picture was taken only moments after Spencer left this world. As owner Leigh Zahn sat with him for one last time, she couldn’t help but weep.

Photo: Ross Taylor

Rebecca Cassity and her husband, Drew, sat together on their couch as they tearfully said goodbye to their faithful dog, Coco.

“Coco was there for me when he was on deployment,” Rebecca said.

Photo: Ross Taylor

In this photo, Cindy and Bob snuggled with their dog Heidi one last time. Heidi looked up at Bob lovingly just moments before she was euthanized.

Their other dog, Winnie, looked in through the glass door.

Photo: Ross Taylor

15-year-old Allie was struggling with balance issues after being diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Glassler stopped by to give a hospice visit and to offer a suggestion for how to best handle the situation.

“Dr. Gassler, and so many others like her, are amazing at what they do and help the painful transition daily, without drawing attention to themselves. They have my respect,” said photographer Ross Taylor.

Photo: Ross Taylor

Vanessa Gangadyal comforted her 8-year-old son, Lan, as her husband stroked their dog, Ally, shortly after she passed away. Lap of Love joined forces with Caring Pathways to provide this “at home” peaceful euthanasia service.

Photo: Ross Taylor

Wendy Lehr cuddled with her dog, Mimosa, as she said goodbye. Family members surrounded them both.

Wendy said: “It couldn’t be done without their willingness to participate and believe in the project… They have my respect.”

Photo: Ross Taylor

Sources: Ross Taylor / Daily Mail

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Top 10: Cutest Dogs Who Are Internet Famous

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If your dog has a unique look (like some pictured below), then you might consider quitting your day job and investing in a camera. Who knows… your dog could become famous.

Can you believe one of these dogs has made their owner millions? Listed in order from least famous, to most, here are the top 10 cutest dogs who have created an internet buzz.

Top 10 Internet Famous Dogs:

10) Corgnelius the Corgi

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Corgnelius is on his way to the top. With just under 90,000 Instagram followers, he sure is becoming a fan favorite. As he waddles through Los Angeles, he’ll brighten your day with his irresistibly cute smile. Plus, he has the best name for a corgi, Corgnelius.

9) Menswear Dog the Shiba Inu

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Living in one of the fashion capitals, New York City, what better way to embrace it than to become the notable menswear dog? With over 100,000 Instagram followers, this dog is considered the world’s first menswear dog model. He books photoshoots and appears in advertisements. A few to name, Swiss-made watch, Victorinox, Coach, American Apparel, ASOS and Salvatore Ferragamo.

8) Sir Charles Barkley the French Bulldog 

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Starting as just a page to share photos with family and friends, Sir Charles Barkley won the internet’s heart once he was discovered on Instagram. With over 300,000 followers, he’s made his way to the top as one of the most famous bulldogs. I may be bias being that frenchies are my favorite dog, but come on, isn’t he just the cutest?

7) Mishka the Husky

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A talking dog? I thought that was only in the movies. Mishka has an unbelievable talent. She can talk. Saying things like “I love you,” “no,” and “I’m hungry” out loud, her YouTube channel has a whopping 600,000+ subscribers, and 600,000+ Facebook likes.

6) Manny the French Bulldog

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There are lots of french bulldogs on the internet but Manny takes the #1 spot as the World’s Most-Followed Bulldog. If you’re wondering why he looks so familiar, maybe you’ve seen him in one of the many print advertisements, television commercials or even movies he’s appeared in. His cute looks and kind heart (donating to charity regularly) has built him a following of more than 700,000 Facebook likes and over 600,000 Instagram followers.

5) Minnie and Max the Pugs

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This duo has debuted on some of TV’s biggest shows like “Animal Planet,” “Ellen,” “Good Morning America” and much more. Their talent? They can simultaneously tilt their heads to either side. If you’re obsessing over these two like I am, you can join their fan base of over 800,000 likes on Facebook. There, you can get your daily dose of these happy pups.

4) Marnie the Shih Tzu

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Here’s a good example of the “unique” look I mentioned earlier. Marnie’s medical condition causes her head to permanently lean to one side and you’ll catch her with her tongue almost always hanging out. Living in New York City, changing her wardrobe daily and posing for pictures with celebrities, Marnie has managed to rack up more than 900,000 Instagram followers.  She makes for one cute pup.

3) Tuna the Chiweenie

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This is a perfect example of the, “so ugly they’re cute” look. A cross between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund, Tuna is a rescue dog who has a visibly large overbite that makes his top teeth stick way out. His Instagram username is @TunaMeltsMyHeart, and not only is it creative, but it’s so accurate! With over 1 million Instagram followers, he’s made his owners proud.

2) Maru the Shiba Inu

Maru lives on the other side of the world, but you can find him all over the internet. He’s quite the sensation. With 1.3 Million Instagram followers, it’s no surprise that he’s the smiliest dog in Japan.

1) Boo the Dog

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Holding the title as “The World’s Cutest Dog,” Boo was one of the first internet-famous dogs. With over 17 Million Facebook likes, Boo was offered a deal for a book which has since been printed in 11 different languages and brings in over $1 million annually.

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TRAINING YOUR PUPPY TO SIT

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Leader Dog’s Puppy Development Supervisor, Deb Donnelly, offers advice on how to teach your dog to sit.

Sitting on command is a skill that all dogs should have because it is helpful in many situations, such as:

  • Mealtime – Encourages calmness around food
  • Playtime – Helps you keep control before throwing a toy and keeps your dog focused on you instead of only the toy
  • Meeting people – Teaches your dog not to lunge or pull to get to a person
  • Going outside – Prepares your dog to stop before going outside and starts your walk in a well-behaved fashion

Using Mealtime to Teach a Sit

Getting your puppy to sit when food is coming can be a challenge, but it’s also a good opportunity to use something your puppy wants to encourage good, controlled behavior.

  1. With your puppy’s food bowl in hand, take a piece of kibble and hold it in front of your puppy’s nose, then slowly raise it upward so that the puppy needs to look up to keep the food in sight. Soon it will be easier for your puppy to see the kibble from a sitting position, and the puppy’s rear will hit the floor.
  2. Once your puppy is in a sit, lower the food bowl to nose height and reward the sit by taking another piece of kibble and giving it to the puppy. Make sure to take the food to your puppy so that it stays in the sit and doesn’t lunge for the food bowl.
  3. Lower the bowl to chest height and reward.
  4. Lower the bowl to elbow height and reward.
  5. Lower the bowl to the floor and reward one more time.
  6. Release your puppy from the sit position by saying “OK.”

As with any behavior you teach your puppy, patience and consistency are key. Be prepared to help your puppy understand what you want it to do and that calm behavior will be rewarded, and you will be on your way to a well-behaved dog!

Additional Tips

  • Make sure your puppy is looking at you when you give a command.
  • Only say “sit” once. Do not repeat the command. Let your puppy figure out what it is supposed to do for the reward.
  • If your puppy gets overexcited at meal time, fill the bowl away from the puppy and set it aside somewhere until it’s time for a meal.
  • Train your puppy in a quiet area where it is less likely to get distracted.
  • DO NOT use physical pressure to push your puppy’s rear down. This can cause injury, especially to young dogs.

Deb Donnelly has been with Leader Dog since 1995, starting as a volunteer puppy raiser before coming on board as staff in 2012. In addition to her work at Leader Dog, she is currently raising Davey, her 23rd Future Leader Dog. She is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP) and is Level 1 certified in TAG teach. 

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How to Choose the Best Dog Bed

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With so many dog beds on the market, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Selecting the
right dog bed for the buddy in your life is an important decision – and one which shouldn’t be taken
lightly.

A great dog bed will last a lifetime, and can hugely improve your dog’s quality of life. But the truth is
that not all dog beds are created equal.

In this post, we will share our top tips for choosing a dog bed that will stand the test of time, support
your dog’s health, and provide a cozy resting place that they’ll just love.

So, let’s get started …

Comfort

Just like humans, dogs need a comfortable place to rest and sleep. Here are some pointers to help you choose a bed that’s comfortable – and will stay that way:

Match the bed to your dog’s size – Before buying a bed, measure your dog from nose to tail with a tape measure to ensure they’ll have plenty of space to stretch out. For dogs that prefer to curl up, you may want to choose a bed with raised and cushioned edges that cradle your dog and provide security.

Choose a bed constructed from high-quality materials – A good bed should provide adequate cushioning that protects your dog from the hard floor. High-quality modern fabrics retain their shape, preventing the bed from flattening down after regular use.

Consider your dog’s individual needs – If you live in a colder climate, or own a dog that chills easily, a partially enclosed bed will help keep them warm. Many dogs – especially long-haired breeds – have the opposite problem. They tend to overheat, so choose a bed that’s open and made of a material that stays cool, even in summer.

Support

Proper support is very important to your dog’s health. Bigger dogs in particular can suffer from
painful arthritis and joint problems that can shorten their lifespan if left untreated.

As dogs age they become susceptible to joint problems and stiffness in their limbs. The best way to
avoid this is by providing a bed that offers excellent support as early on in your dog’s life as possible.

That’s why orthopedic beds are such a great solution for all canine companions. They’re designed to
support the joints, back, and overall body, keeping your dog fit and healthy. It is important to note that Orthopedic or memory foam dog beds are not just for old dogs. All dogs can benefit from having a pressure free support and it is a great proactive measure since most dogs will end up with joint problems.

The highest quality modern dog beds are made from real visco elastic memory foam which conforms
to your pet’s body and redistributes their weight evenly across the bed. With standard memory
foam, the weight of the animal’s body causes them to sink too far into the bed, causing pressure
points and overheating.

A truly orthopedic bed should provide the following:

  • Excellent support for the whole body
  • Straight spinal alignment
  • Soothing pressure relief

Durability

As we mentioned earlier, a high-quality bed will last throughout your dog’s lifetime. Look for top
quality materials that are resistant to abrasion and chewing. Smaller details such as tough stitching
and hidden zippers are signs of craftsmanship and durability.

Cheap dog beds can stain easily and become smelly. When selecting a dog bed, choose a material
that’s resistant to stains and odors. Antibacterial fabrics can considerably extend the lifespan of the
bed. They also help keep your dog safe from allergens and harmful canine skin diseases caused by
mold and bacterial growth.

Other Premium Features to Consider

Waterproof Material – Waterproof material increases the durability and longevity of a dog bed and makes cleaning up easy when accidents happen.
Removable Covers – A high-quality dog bed will rarely need washing, but when you do need to freshen up your dog’s bed, a removable cover will make the job a whole lot easier!

The BuddyRest Difference

BuddyRest orthopedic dog beds are carefully designed and manufactured with the principles of
comfort, support, and durability in mind. We believe they’re the very best orthopedic dog beds
available anywhere, and we’re sure your dog will agree!

But don’t just take our word for it. Visit our homepage to read real verified reviews from some of our
happy customers.

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