Saturday Link Roundup – Weimaraner Edition.

“Dad, why am I in the shower?” Beautiful Nikki
My beautiful weimaraner, who sadly passed over in September 2012.

The “Firsts” (SaraRenee Photos&Design)
The “Firsts” are the elite and select group of Weims that drew us in, blinded us with the ways of Weims,…

If you give a Weim an inch … (SaraRenee Photos&Design)
As Weim owners, we’re always talkingtalkingtalking about how if you give a Weim an inch, they’ll take over

JustWeimaraners
An online compendium for Weimaraner enthusiasts

Rescue organisations
Australian Weimaraner Rescue
Weimaraner Rescue Of The North (USA)
Weimaraner Rescue Of The South (USA)

Kubler-Ross’ Phases of Grief

You might have heard of the five stages of grief.  It’s a model devised by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.  It doesn’t apply in all instances of loss and grief, but it’s a guide/  The first stages are:

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance

The Simpsons covered the 5 stages in the series 2 episode, "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish".

Some quotes on grief

“Grief, I think, is not something you get over.  I think, instead it’s something you travel through.  And now I’ve travelled to the other side, I won’t forget the journey.”
Deborah Gemmill in “The chance to say goodbye”

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened”
Anatole Frances

“One thing is certain though, and that is the fact that grief never leaves you – however it changes and evolves.  Yor loss stays with you forever.  It becomes a part of who you are, forever.”
A. Kellehear in ‘Grief and remembering’

“If man is not to stifle his human feelings, he must practice kindness towards animals, for he who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men.  We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
Emmanuel Kant

“This is what happens around the world; if you love, you grieve, and there are no exceptions.”
Thomas Lynch

How Animals Grieve

Currently reading “How Animals Grieve“, mainly because it was recommended to me by a couple of people, and one of those people lent me a copy … Which is the best way to get a book …

It’s an easy read, Barbara provides numerous examples of animal grieveing for loss of a friend.  The two stories I particularly enjoyed were
The Swimming Pool Rescue

“One day I was in my kitchen when I heard a tremendous hullabuloo amongst my feathered friends. They were screaming and crying so loudly that the birds in the trees started chiming in.  The chickens rushed onto the deck, knocking furiously on the sliding door with their beaks.  I ran outside immediately and they rushed off with me behind, trying to keep up.  Straight to the pool we dashed.  There I saw Cloudy, everyone’s favorite hen, flailing her wings in the swimming pool. I reached in and lifted her out.  Cluck cluck, sighs of relief all around.  She was only very wet: saved by the fast thinking of her loving flock.”

and

And the Love Goes On

“… Back home, Trixie made a small and pathetic picture as she lay in her empty house looking totally miserable and depressed; her dinner untouched. I stayed with her awhile and made her as comfortable as possible but felt horrible for her as I went to bed.  Morning brought an incredible surprise. Majic had pushed open his pen during the night and had jumped down to lie next to Trixie’s house. …’

Her love shines over my horizon, she’s a slice of heaven

Nikki the weimaranerI have missed Nikki every day since she passed in September 2012.

Things got a lot better as time went on. There are still triggers which will bring a tear to my eye. The photo on the right is the most notable one. Songs: “Good Morning Starshine” was what I used to say to Nikki when she woke up in the morning. “Slice Of Heaven” was playing on the car radio when we took our final trip together.

I found some comfort in the following: