by Lorraine Payette
(Kingston, ON) As we age, our bodies begin to break down. Every day, something new falls apart and it gets harder and harder to feel comfortable or to be able to function as we once did. Even with our health care system, there are so many things we just can’t fix, so many extra expenses.
Imagine what it must be like to be a dog suffering from numerous ulcers and a tumour in your bladder. Some of this is age related, some may tie back to a medication that had been administered. As a dog, there is no government health care program, no guarantee of any help at all. – to read more>
by Lorraine Payette, written August 17, 2014
(Gananoque, ON) The first ever Bark Bash, held at the Town Park in Gananoque on August 16, was a dream come true for dogs as they indulged in a party designed just for them.
Liam Bell, 5, was having a wonderful time. His favourite animals were the puppies.
“Fairmount Home has cookies and sweet potato treats and hand tied toys that they’ve made for the dogs,” said Diane Delaney. “They are selling them to support Sheba’s Haven (a palliative care facility for dogs). Sheba’s Haven brings their dogs over to do pet therapy for the residents. It’s a wonderful partnership.” Continue reading →
by Lorraine Payette, written April 22, 2014
“There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth…”
– Rainbow Bridge
(Inverary, ON) Sheba’s Haven in Inverary, Ontario, knows perhaps better than anyone else the sweet pain and sorrow of losing a loving, lifelong non-human companion. Since its humble beginning in 2000, many dogs have passed through its gates to find love and care as they spend their last weeks, months or sometimes years living in dignity at this one of a kind palliative care facility.
A small palliative care facility for dogs at 1830 Sunbury Road in Inverary, this registered charity looks after about 10 dogs at a time on a three-acre lot. There is plenty of room for them to get out and play, hunt for interesting things in the grass, or just bask in the sun. They receive the best in veterinary care, special diets, and the use of holistic and other natural treatments to guarantee that their remaining time is as comfortable and rewarding as possible. – to read more>
by Lorraine Payette, written October 17, 2013
(Kingston, Ontario) What happens when you take two great ideas and put them together? If you’re a beautiful older dog named Clover, the answer is a lot of love and a joyous ending.
Clover couldn’t help what had happened to her. Almost everyone loses something to time, whether they want to or not. A sweet little beige coloured “pocket husky” cross, she had developed various health issues with aging.
But not everyone loses their home over these things. Abandoned by her owners, Clover was found wandering the streets by the Timmins Humane Society (THS). And that was when the miracles started coming together. – to read more>
Clementine, one of the dogs who have found permanent palliative
Jake, one of the dogs who have found permanent palliative care
Simon is all ready to go out and play
Catherine Pokrywa of Inverary stops for a moment with three of the dogs
Ruby is lapping up life
by Lorraine Payette, written March 15, 2012, updated December 1, 2012
(INVERARY, ONTARIO) It’s a dog’s life. For some, this means comfort and luxury until passing away quietly in one’s sleep and never knowing the difference. For others, the experience is far different, starting in misery and going downhill from there.
And then there’s the worst tragedy of all. Some are loved and pampered while they remain young and healthy, but as soon as something goes wrong, they find themselves abandoned by a roadside, not knowing where they are or where they can find help. They may wander for days, no longer certain who can be trusted and unsure as to why this was done to them when they had been faithful companions for so many years. – to read more>