Posts in category "Death"

Robin Williams Meets Koko The Gorilla

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My first year at Indiana University in Bloomington, I was a language major, and after switching to biological science as a sophomore, I thought I would find a career working with animals such as Koko the gorilla, who had learned more than 1,000 human words and was able to converse, proving that human beings were... Read more »

MN Pets Helps With Euthanasia - But They Need To Know These 2 Things

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Dr. Rebecca McComas has a good heart and great intentions. Her company, MN Pets, provides “gentle euthanasia” services in your home, and support during the grief process.  I admire and respect these goals.  When I came across her video ad, I thought that it was carefully constructed and oozed compassion as well as professionalism.  There... Read more »

Letter From A Dead Cat - Boo's Christmas Greeting 2013

So I’m dead – so what? I have more time to write the annual Christmas letter and it’s a nice way to check in on my family from beyond. So let’s do that, shall we? It’s been a year of transition for the Johnson family.  After 2012, many of you are feeling the shift in... Read more »
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Do Animals Know They Are Dying?

I found an intriguing blog post by Jessica Winter, in which she explores the question of whether her cat was trying to convey her own impending death.  Jessica consulted several scientists and did a great job of presenting a range of opinions about whether animals are conscious of their own mortality and will try to... Read more »

Being Thankful - What Animals Teach Us

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for what animals have taught me about gratitude – not just the cats who share my home, and the ones I’m fostering outside, but those whose gifts are part of our celebrations and connected to our lives without our notice or appreciation.  Today, I want to stop and say thank you.... Read more »

The Day I Hired An Assassin

I had killed before, but only by accident. Today, I hired an assassin. I made the decision out of fear, alone, under duress. After all, the intruder came into my home, uninvited. I needed to prepare for a weekend vacation. There was no time to be gentle, and the intruder scared me. So I called... Read more »
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Saying Goodbye to a Dying Pet without Guilt

One of the most heart-rending, but also gratifying, services I provide to my clients is the transition ritual.  Saying goodbye to a dying pet companion produces more guilt, grief, and emotional baggage than almost any other human experience.  The pain can be so great that people either run out and adopt/buy/rescue another animal almost immediately... Read more »

Elephants Journey to Pay Respects

Elephants Journey to Pay Respects
Elephants Journey to Pay Respects   Lawrence Anthony, author of The Elephant Whisperer, was well known for his work with elephants needing rehabilitation after the evil attacks of people in various parts of the world.  Two days after he died in early March 2012, a curious phenomenon was observed.  Two large females had led a... Read more »

Are You Making Your Pet Sick?

  People spend thousands of dollars on animal health care, food, toys, and fancy boarding facilities where their pets can play all day and have their own vacations.  We love our animal companions, and most of us would be horrified to know that we are often making them sick when we don’t take care of... Read more »
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When Frosty Died

When Frosty Died
We love our companion animals, and when they are ill, or injured, or stressed out, we suffer with them.  Frosty came to us shortly after my 19-year-old cat Boo died.  He was rescued after escaping from a garage where he had lived for nearly a year, and I had brief moments when I thought he... Read more »
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    Denise Norberg-Johnson is an Animal Communicator and Reiki Master, who also works with animals and their people as a Certified LifeLine Practitioner. As a former biology teacher, construction contractor, business trainer and financial writer, she has spent her life engaged in a continuous learning process. An award-winning speaker and author, she has been interviewed on television, radio, and in print, and anticipates the publication of her book, "Animals Know! - What Animals Teach Us" in early 2013. Denise's formal education includes an M.B.A., a Masters degree in Teaching, a B.A. in Biological Science, and an A.A. in Architectural Interior Design. When she is not reading voraciously, dancing as if no one is watching, or attempting to play her junior high school violin recital pieces, she amuses herself by annoying her husband Dave and their six rescued cats.

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