How to Keep Your Dog’s Memory Alive During the Holiday Season

The holiday season should be a time of fun and good cheer. But, if you’ve recently lost a pup, the idea of not having your best pal around for the holidays can really put a damper on your spirit.

Personally, I believe the best way to make it through the holidays is to keep your pet’s memory alive and well in your home. Truly, I think this is what your dog would want–to be remembered and cherished as a loyal member of your household.

How do you keep your pup’s memory alive? Here are a few suggestions…

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#1: Give Back to Dogs In Need This Season

For years, your dog enjoyed a happy life in the comfort of your home. However, there are so many dogs who are not as fortunate.

If dogs could talk, I would bet that your pup would suggest that you help out another dog this holiday season who could use a little extra love.

Instead of sitting at home and mourning your pup, get out there and do some good in your pup’s name! Go on a shopping spree at your local pet store and donate the items to a rescue in your town. Or, volunteer your time at a local shelter where you can help walk dogs, clean cages, etc.

It doesn’t matter whether you contribute your time, money, or both! Any little bit of help can go a long way for dogs in need this season! And it will really help you to connect with the spirit of your dog and feel better…

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#2: Continue to Include Your Pup’s Memory in Holiday Traditions

Your dog might not physically be around anymore, but I promise you his/her spirit is very much alive!

For this reason, I encourage you to continue to carry out your favorite holiday traditions while commemorating your pup.

For example…

  • Be sure to hang your dog Christmas ornament while trimming your tree
  • Don’t forget to put up your pup’s handmade stocking on the mantle
  • Go ahead and bake your pup’s favorite holiday dog cookie–then distribute them to other pups in your neighborhood!

Doing these things is sure to bring back many happy holiday memories of the times you and your pup spent together!

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#3: Plant an Evergreen Tree

Many people place memorials in their gardens or backyards in honor of pets that they’ve lost.

If you own your property and are able, I suggest planting an evergreen tree.

Why? A few reasons…

  1. Evergreen trees signify everlasting life and are a great reminder that while your dog might not be on earth anymore, his spirit lives on!
  2. Planting a tree is an environmentally friendly way to remember your pup.
  3. Every year during the holidays you can decorate your evergreen tree outside in your dog’s memory.

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#4: Share Your Favorite Dog Stories

Talking about the pet you lost might be difficult, but it’s a great way to remember all the wonderful times you shared together.

While you’re hanging out with your friends or family bring up stories about the time your dog accidentally knocked over the Christmas tree or the time he was naughty and stole a bite of the pumpkin pie!

These stories are sure to bring a smile (and maybe even a few laughs) to you during a difficult time.

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#5: Consider Adding a New Furbaby to Your Family

After the loss of a pet, you might think that you could never adopt another dog. How could you possibly go through the heartbreak of losing a dog again?

Or, you might feel guilty about the idea of “replacing” your dog who has passed with a new pup.

Adding a new dog into your family is a big decision. But, if you have the time and finances to do it, here’s what I want you to know…

Your dog would be proud of you for opening your home and your heart to another pup in need.

There are so many dogs who need loving homes, and I can guarantee that your pup in heaven would be happy to share his home with a dog who needs a family.

If you feel the time is right, visit your local shelter and gift a dog the gift of a new home for the holidays in honor of your beloved pup.

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#6: Change the feelings that you have when you think of your dog

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about the dogs I’ve lost in my life, such as my beloved Peanut.

But here’s the thing…

Every time I fall deeply into my feelings about Peanut I only feel LOVE, JOY, GRATITUDE, and THANKS for such an amazing dog that graced my world for 13 years.

Peanut’s memory is nothing but good to me. Sure it still hurts when I think of her and I often shed a tear, (probably most weeks I will have tears roll down my cheeks as I remember her) but they are happy tears! I let the raw emotion of my love for her pass through me and then I feel good. I breathe deeply and I remember what unconditional love she had for me.

Peanut is alive and well in my life, and in my memories, and you can read Peanut’s beautiful tribute here!

But remembering her during the holidays and all year round and honoring her spirit makes it easier to find comfort while she is no longer here with us.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. And don’t forget to keep your pup’s memory alive!

Oh and follow this link if you’d like to listen to the song I wrote for Peanut after she passed away.

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~Doggy Dan 🙂

Helping you help the dogs you love in your area

Helping You Help the Dogs You Love In Your Area

Recently I celebrated what I thought was my 43rd birthday. I posted a photo on Facebook and immediately started receiving emails from good friends telling me that I was only 42!

It was amazing–after working it out again on my fingers and a few hours letting it sinking in I felt like I had just been given the amazing gift of the past year back. To live again as I choose.

And so I decided, this time I would live it differently!

That’s right…I’ve decided that I’m going to be more authentic, more true to myself, more real and speak more from my heart and less from my head. I’m going to care less what people think of me and have more belief that amazing things happen to people who do good.

And so this is my first step. It’s bringing you the opportunity to help the organizations that you love and support and become part of a project that could transform the world of dog ownership.

The best thing of all is that it’s such a simple concept–which is why I was able to come up with it!

So what’s the problem?

Here’s the problem that I hear and see on a regular basis and then I’ll explain the solution.

  1. Dogs are in trouble through no fault of their own and need to be better understood.
  2. Dog owners are struggling to find good training which doesn’t cost a fortune and solves the issues they are facing, fast.
  3. Dog organisations and rescue centres are looking to raise money and also provide owners with good dog training information.

The Solution

Quite simply, what I’m proposing is that any non-profit dog rescue/protection/rehoming organization that promotes my dog training solution, I will give 70% of the proceeds to them (I wish it could be 100%, but I do have to pay staff to run the program).

There are three direct benefits to this win-win-win solution:

Rescue Centres:
This could become their main source of fund-raising, or at least a large, on-going cash injection for their worthy cause. And it will have a huge impact on saving dogs lives.

Dog Owners:
It means that dog owners get access to my complete dog and puppy training program at a price they can afford.

The Dogs:
Dogs are finally understood in a way which allows them to change their behavior through choice not fear.

How can you help?

My team and I will be reaching out to as many organisations as we can, but there are just so many… and that’s where I need your help. I’m asking if you can please suggest this offer to your local non-profit organisation, AND share it with as many of your friends as you can.

Most K9 rescue and rehoming centres simply have no idea that my dog training website exists…until you tell them about it! And by getting the ball rolling you are doing a wonderful thing.

You can’t guess the impact your actions will have in the long run and the countless dog’s lives we could save.

So just tell them to get in touch with us and we’ll do the rest. You can point them to this page, or ask them to email me at [email protected] and I’ll send them more information.

Your help can rehome me

How does it work?

When an organisation teams up with us, they’ll be given a special website link that points to my dog training solution called The Online Dog Trainer–

But the link is special because it will record any sales that are made and credit the organisation with 70% of all proceeds.

They can then put this link on their website, or in their emails, or newsletters they send out to their loyal dog lovers.

Also, when a dog or puppy owner is looking for help regarding an issue, the organisation can simply point them to this link on their website.

My dream for a better world

Back in 2009 I built The Online Dog Trainer. My dream back then was:

  • to share my knowledge (I didn’t want to just take it to the grave with me!)
  • give back to dogs
  • help all dog owners
  • and create a way for all the great and small rescue organizations across the globe raise money to expand their wonderful and important work.

With over 300 videos and thousands of happy people having already benefited from the dog and puppy training program, my dream is now a reality.

This year, since I feel like I have been given it back, I’m doing what I intended to do last year and shout it from the rooftops!

Do this now!

So now’s your chance to let your local rescue or dog organization take advantage of this project. It’s a huge WIN for everybody involved…for the owners, the dog organizations and most of all the dogs ☺

Get them to visit this page or email me at [email protected] and we’ll get them onboard.

AND please, please, please, share this on social media as much as you can – hit all the share buttons 🙂

If you haven’t visited the site yet, then maybe it’s time…

Have a great day and love your dog,

~ Doggy Dan and the pack.

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