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Baxter finds love

Baxter finds love

This Valentine’s Day we can all learn from Baxter and the loving family that adopted him and gave him a home to call his own, if only for 3 short but sweet weeks.  Baxter was an adorable Terrier mix who was found as a stray running with a broken leg.  Although his history is a mystery, it was evident that Baxter had a difficult life.  Sometimes known at the shelter as “grumpy,” Baxter was always passed by when people came to the shelter to adopt an animal.  That is until one day when Larry and Barb came in to drop off their annual donations to help support the shelter at Christmas time.  “We did not go to the shelter to adopt a dog that day,” Barb said, “but my husband took one look at Baxter and said, we can’t leave him here, he needs a home for Christmas.”

So Larry and Barb adopted Baxter and proudly called them their own.  Already fragile at his young age of approximately 7 years old, Larry and Barb soon realized their sweet Baxter was also deaf.  Although Baxter didn’t show much interest in the toys presented to him, he sure did enjoy his Mighty Dog food his new mommy and daddy gave him.  But most of all, Baxter finally had a home to call his very own and a family who loved him dearly.

Sadly, Baxter passed away just 3 1/2 short weeks later of unknown causes.  Sometimes our hearts have a way of guiding us through life and changing the course of our day as is shown through this heartfelt and true love story.  On this Valentine’s Day, and everyday, we can all learn from the kindness of Larry and Barb who started their day as any other, yet managed to change a life and found a place in their heart and  home for a homeless dog who just wanted to be loved.

Woman giving dogs a treat

I’m a good boy!

Have you ever been walking with your dog and encountered an old friend? A neighbor? The mailman?  And noticed your furry friend immediately demands all of your attention?  Have you ever wondered why he/she does this?  Well, there might be more to this behavior than you think according to an article written in medicalnewstoday.com.

“For years, researchers have been debating the mechanisms behind the feeling of jealousy. Is it simply a phenomenon created by society? Or is the emotion hardwired into our brains? Now, a new study looking at jealous behavior among dogs supports the latter, suggesting there is a basic form of the emotion that has evolved in order to protect social relationships from outside threats.”

I don’t know about you, but I can personally relate to this “”dog jealousy” with my darling “Heinz 57” pup.  With the holiday coming up, it reminds me of how my dog likes to be “glued at my hip” when we are at a family gathering.  Maybe it is just because he feels more comfortable with “mommy” and expects a holiday treat to “fall” onto the floor, or maybe something else is conjuring up in his little doggie mind.  Is he jealous?  Is he upset that I am not giving him my usual undivided attention?  Or is he simply being a sweet and loyal companion who wants to be with me every step of the day?

Regardless of the reason, the next time your dog acts strangely, or even a bit possessive, ask yourself this question, could my four legged friend be jealous?  The answer just may surprise you!

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Glass mosaic church window

Church isn’t the only place to give thanks

This is the season of the year when we focus more intentionally on our blessings.  A grateful spirit brightens the mood, boosts energy and fills daily living with a sense of glad abundance.  Gratitude means being thankful for your family, your health, your job, even the weather.

Although giving thanks is an ancient virtue, only recently have psychologists focused on the “trait” of gratitude-appreciation, not just for a piece of fine crystal or a bouquet of roses, but for everyday things that make life a bit better.    Gratitude is an emotional and intellectual process that comes from recognition that someone has treated you kindly.  It’s not feeling good because something good happens, but realizing that someone deliberately did something of value for you.

A truly grateful spirit responds to the simplest of unexpected gifts such as the ones we receive everyday from our pets.  Their unconditional love is shown in so many ways — excited greets at the door after a long days work,  their quiet presence at our feet while we talk on the telephone, and their soft cuddles and wet noses keeping us warm at bedtime.  The love they show us is a daily gift to be grateful for.   This world would be a better place if we could learn to meet each day with the enthusiasm and energy that we see in our furry friends.

How can we help our gratitude to grow?  We can make thankfulness part of our daily emotional diet.  We can focus on positive attributes-a ready smile, a helping hand, a listening ear.  We can develop a good memory for kindnesses that have come our way-a teacher’s encouragement, a friend’s loyalty.  Expressing gratitude can be more than a “thank you.”  Write a note when you notice a job well done or a kind act.  Tell a store clerk what a good job they did . Hold the door for the young mother with a toddler.  Spend that extra few minutes playing with your pet.  And, be thankful for one more thing; the chance to let someone else saver the sweetness of a grateful moment.


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gauze bandage on toy dog's leg

Learning first aid can help your pet live a long life.

Since June 2011 Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation has sponsored pet first aid classes in Bridgeville and surrounding communities in the south and west of Pittsburgh. Although there is usually a charge for attending these classes, Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation offers these sessions free of charge in an attempt to offer families the skills they can use to help save the life of their dear pet.

“It is difficult when we lose a pet who has lived a full and long life, but it is practically impossible to say goodbye when the pet is only a few years old. The grief is palpable in these situations, with families saying they had such plans for the life cut drastically short,” says Deb Chebatoris, owner of Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation. “When I need to work with a family whose young, healthy pet has succumbed to an accidental death, it is a double tragedy.”

Not only does the family experience the loss but there is a lingering feeling that “if only…” they would have done this or that, the death may not have occurred. “I have worked with families whose pet died after being caught and choked by the collar, who suffocated in a potato chip bag,” she continued.

After working with a number of families who found themselves in these circumstances she wondered if there was anything that Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation could do to help prevent such a tragedy.

She partnered with Karen Sable, a certified pet CPR and first aid instructor, and the two businesses, Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation and Pet Emergency Training LLC, have joined forces to help families learn what to do in the case of a pet life threatening situation.

CERTIFICATION CLASS

The four-hour certification class covers, for both dogs and cats:

  • injury assessment
  • rescue breathing
  • canine and feline CPR
  • bleeding protocols
  • choking management
  • heat and cold injuries
  • bites and stings
  • seizures
  • poisoning
  • fractures and limb injuries
  • creating a home pet first aid kit

Participants will receive lecture presentations as well as extensive demonstration on stuffed animals and hands on skills practice. The class includes training materials, a first aid handbook, Certificate of Completion and wallet card.

These classes are also open to animal professionals:

  • veterinary technicians
  • practice managers
  • groomers
  • pet sitters
  • dog day care employees
  • pet kennel and resort employees
  • anyone who handles animals on a regular basis

With the number of weather related problems we have experienced during the past several years (floods, tornadoes and large snowfalls with power outages), the western Pennsylvania area has not been spared the impact these conditions can have on our beloved pets. All classes will help families be prepared for such emergencies.

Though classes are free attendees in past sessions so appreciated them that they offered donations to Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation, and Deb and Karen coordinated the purchase and donation of two sets of O2 Fur LifeTM pet oxygen masks to the EMS organizations of Mt. Lebanon and Bethel Park where the donations were collected.

Because the certification class requires hands-on training, space is limited so participants must register to attend by calling Deb at 412/220-7800. Please check the Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation website www.ccpc.ws for details as other classes are scheduled.

REGISTRATION

The classes require preparation and space is limited so participants must register to attend by calling Deb at 412/220-7800.

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pet first aid class

Pet First Aid Classes

Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation is sponsoring a three-hour pet first aid certification class at the Bridgeville Public Library on May 3, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CCPC offers these sessions free of charge in an attempt to offer families the skills that they may need to save the life of their dear pet.

“It is difficult when we lose a pet who has lived a full and long life, but it is practically impossible to say goodbye when the pet is only a few years old. The grief is palpable in these situations, with families saying they had such plans for the life cut drastically short.”

And not just considering household emergencies, but with the number of weather related problems during the past several years (floods, tornadoes and large snowfalls with power outages), the western Pennsylvania area has not been spared the impact these conditions can have on our beloved pets.

CERTIFICATION CLASS

The four-hour certification class covers, for both dogs and cats:

  • injury assessment
  • rescue breathing
  • canine and feline CPR
  • bleeding protocols
  • choking management
  • heat and cold injuries
  • bites and stings
  • seizures
  • poisoning
  • fractures and limb injuries
  • creating a home pet first aid kit

Participants will receive lecture presentations as well as extensive demonstration on stuffed animals and hands on skills practice. The class includes training materials, a first aid handbook, Certificate of Completion and wallet card.

After seeing a few circumstances in my business where a knowledge of pet first aid may have saved a pet’s life I decided I would help pet owners avoid this tragedy in some way. I partnered with Karen Sable of Pet Emergency Training LLC to sponsor both Pet Fist Aid Introductory and Certification classes at no charge to those attending.

These classes are also open to animal professionals:

  • veterinary technicians
  • practice managers
  • groomers
  • pet sitters
  • dog day care employees
  • pet kennel and resort employees
  • anyone who handles animals on a regular basis

REGISTRATION

The classes require preparation and space is limited so participants must register to attend by calling Deb at 412/220-7800.

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All images and text used on this site are copyrighted unless otherwise noted and may not be used without written permission.

Bleeding Hearts and Forget-me-nots

Bleeding Hearts and Forget-me-nots

After the rush of the holidays the grief of a recent loss can return, and that’s no different for pet lovers who’ve lost an animal companion.

I schedule this healing and nurturing event around Valentine’s Day each year to help mend the hearts of people who may have suffered a recent loss, or for whom an previous loss is somehow fresh. For the nine years I have been in business, I have scheduled the one-afternoon session to provide grieving families with help and resources to work through the trauma of losing a beloved companion. Those who attend are in the company of other families who know the gut-wrenching feeling of losing a pet. Families grieving the loss of their pet are welcome whether or not they have worked with Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation.

The session is free and includes a speaker. Grieving pet owners are welcome to listen to and to share stories of their animal companions. Any person who is having trouble coming to terms with the loss of a pet, regardless of when the loss occurred, is welcome to attend.

The session is on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at LaBella Bean Café in Bridgeville, 609 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017, just two blocks away from Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation. LaBella Bean will be closed to the public during this session.

So that CCPC may properly prepare and also contact you in the event of bad weather, please RSVP if you are planning to attend by calling 412-220-7800.

Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation is owned and operated by Deb Chebatoris for the comfort and consolation of Pittsburgh pet’s families, and is located at 442 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017. For more information on CCPC or on the event, please visit http://www.ccpc.ws.

black lab on trail

What would you do if you saw this dog on the trail?

DOG BODY LANGUAGE
Saturday, Oct 12
2:00-4:00pm

BRIDGEVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
505 McMillan Street
Bridgeville, PA   15017

Call 412/220-7800 to register

Dogs are very expressive animals. They communicate when they are feeling happy, sad, nervous, fearful and angry. Through their eyes, faces and bodies they convey so much information. After attending this class, you will know how to “read” postures and signals to better understand their motivations and better predict what they are likely to do. With the skills you learn, you will interact with dogs with greater enjoyment and safety.

Penny Lane is a certified professional dog trainer with expertise in dog/family safety. She is a dynamic speaker who has previously presented a course sponsored by Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation on How to React to an Aggressive Dog.

The class is offered FREE as a community service by Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation, however space is limited, so please call me today to reserve your place in class!