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JenLovesPets Walks in San Diego’s Out of the Darkness Walk

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When I was younger you didn’t hear about suicide or depression. And if you did hear about it there was a stigma attached to the person and family. People got angry and tend to leave the survivors alone. When Mark, a family friend killed himself we were angry, we were angry at him. We didn’t and couldn’t understand why he would give up so easily. He seemed to always be happy and helpful, he had his moments but for the most part we thought he’d be alright. Then just out of the blue, he was dead.

I think about the grieving process we all went through, it was different than any other death I’ve experienced. The anger was real, but my (our) understanding or should I say our lack of knowledge about depression and suicide was real. The thing is, it took many years to realize how ignorant we were. It took Jesse, my brother in law to lose his battle of depression. It took him for me to realize this is a real disease this is a battle, a war many face daily. This is not a selfish weak issue. Depression is a serious and real war that many are loosing their life to.

Walk to fight Suicide

Out of the Darkness Walk – San Diego

I went through a period of depression when I first got sick with autoimmune diseases. I know that black hole, but my black hole wasn’t the same black hole that many who fight depression experience. Jesse, may his soul be at peace now, felt suicide was the only option for him. That breaks my heart. His pain was real, it was no ones fault, it wasn’t even his.

But there are solutions. Awareness. Depression Acknowledgement. Remove the Stigmas. Make it ok to admit one has depression. Get rid of the “suck it up” statements.

Our family has never been the same since Jesse died. Our family has been torn not in two but threes and then some. We have a wound in our soul that hasn’t been healed in 6 years. Every day I think of him, his wife (my sister) , their children, his family. Our family. And every day I wish that last time I saw him I didn’t treat him the way I did. None of us knew his battles, he had smile that covered his pain, and he had an arrogance that hid his torment.

Family Picture

My family when we were still whole. Before Jesse took his life. They sent this to me during the first holiday we missed after moving to San Diego. Jesse is next to my sister, the third person from the left.

This is why we walk.

In the past few years there have been celebrity suicides highlighting mental disorders and depression.  There have also been a few cases of animal world suicides that haven’t had the light shined on them. Animal caretakers experience a lot of compassion fatigue, we are a compassionate and passionate bunch and forget to fill our cup. This does not help the war of depression.

This is why we walk.

For Jesse, my sister, their family, his family. For our friends that have lost the battle, for the animal caretakers, for those that fight the daily battle of depression. For you and your family.

We walk to get rid of the Stigma. We walk to raise awareness. We walk for Suicide Prevention.

There is hope, but there is a lot of work to do. I hope to do just a little bit in this walk. JenLovesPets has a fundraising team in San Diego’s Out of the Darkness Walk. We would like to invite all to join our team. If you aren’t able to walk but would like to fundraise, please join our team as a virtual walker. If you prefer to donate, please do. We would like to beat our goal, which I may be increasing, by October 20th. You can click on the link below then go to our Roster and pick the fundraiser’s account you would like to donate to then follow the directions.

http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=99360

If you have a loved one that you would like honored by adding their name to the JenLovesPets ‘ t-shirt (on the back under “JenLovesPets Walks For:” please email me at jen@jenlovespets.com and tell me their story. We would like to honor those loved ones we’ve lost to suicide.

I know this is an unconventional blog for pet services and have thought twice about doing it. My family has experienced awful loss and I have experienced a mild form of depression which led me to creating this awesome Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business. Pets saved me. Unfortunately the pet world too has experienced losses due to suicide. I don’t understand why or how, but depression has become an epidemic. We walk to prevent it. I blog to stop it. Just a little piece I can do. I hope to make even just a small difference.

Please join us. We walk on October 22nd from 830am-12pm. If you can’t join us please donate and all please share this blog! I appreciate and would be honored if you would like to share a story in the comments.

“You’re the Best Pet Sitter, How can I Thank You?” ~ A Pet Sitter’s Response

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JenLovesPets has clocked in over 20,000 hours of pet sitting and dog walking in San Diego with over 100 2legged clients and    countless 4legged ones. I’ve enjoyed taking care of my furnieces and nephews and consider this a Thankful Job unlike the business world which can be Thankless. So when a client says “You’re the Best, thank you!” it only adds to the positive vibe I get from the furkids. I will say petsitters are often thanked more than a typical career…such a relief! However, I hear quite a bit

Daily Dog Walking

Daniella walking Nala and Pebbles

from my clients “What can I do to thank you?” “What can I do to show my appreciation?” This always makes me freeze like a deer in headlights. First off, I do have a big head and tend to get more “head held high” moments than some but on the flip side I’m humbled and insecure.

The fact that my clients trust in me to care for their pets, and that the kiddos love me is enough for me. With that being said so many clients want to show appreciation but don’t know how to, they don’t want to step over boundaries. Understandable. Here’s a few ways to show your pet sitter appreciation:

  • TIPS – Money goes a long way. Pet sitters and dog walkers spend a lot of money on gas and supplies for the furkids and the business. 10-20% of the service fees is a reasonable amount.
  • SPREAD THE WORD – A client referral is priceless. When a new client tells me “so and so” has been saying such wonderful things that I had to call you for my pet its like tipping me times 10.
  • GIFTS – Gifts from your vacation spots makes us feel like family.
  • ENTER IN LOCAL BEST CONTESTS – When cities, newspapers, or local communities have contests for Best Businesses enter your pet sitter. Let them know publicly they’re the best.
  • NOMINATE PET SITTER OF THE YEAR – Every year Pet Sitter’s International grants a Pet Sitter of the Year. This is the ultimate compliment and a prestigious award. If your pet sitter is a PSI member take a look HERE to find out how to nominate them.
  • FYI, I’m a PSI member
  • <Insert big puppy dog smile here>

 

Rancho Penasquitos Professional Pet Sitter to Teach Pet CPR, First Aid & Care

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May 2, 2013

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: May, 2, 2013

Contact: Jennifer Taylor, Owner and Chief Pack Leader, JenLovesPets

Phone: 858.205.8132

E-mail: jen@jenlovespets.com

Web site: http://jenlovespets.com/

Rancho Penasquitos Professional Pet Sitter to Teach Pet CPR, First Aid & Care

JenLovesPets is proud to announce Jennifer Taylor, owner and Chief Pack Leader has completed the Pet Tech Instructor Training, a comprehensive, three-day, interactive program. Instructors learn the necessary skills and teaching methods to properly train pet owners in first aid and care. This course included competent training in the identification and evaluation of the signs and symptoms a pet may develop and the appropriate actions to be taken for proper emergency medical treatment. Jennifer Taylor will be teaching Pet Tech’s Pet Saver Program, an eight hour course that covers restraining and muzzling, primary assessment, rescue breathing, canine and feline CPR, choking, bleeding, shock management, pet vitals, snout-to-tail assessment, first aid kit essentials, bites, stings, heat and cold injuries, seizures, and caring for your senior pet.

Jennifer Taylor, is the owner of JenLovesPets, one of Pet Techs instructors is now teaching the Pet Savor Class in San Diego’s north county community of Rancho Penasquitos . This year, JenLovesPets plans on utilizing the Pet Tech Instructor Training by teaching the Pet Tech’s Pet Saver Program in the local pet loving community of Rancho Penasquitos.

“It’s important to educate the pet-owning public about the benefits of taking the PetSaver Pet CPR, First Aid & Care class, knowing the skills and techniques of pet first aid can mean the difference between life and death for your pet,” Taylor adds.

Jennifer Taylor, invites anyone interested in learning more about the advantages of Pet Tech’s First Aid & Care to visit her website http://jenlovespets.com/pet-first-aid-cpr-classes. To learn more about Pet Tech, the world’s premier CPR, First Aid& Care class for dogs and cats visit the website, http://www.pettech.net.

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(Note to Editors: For more information on JenLovesPets, please visit http://jenlovespets.com/ or call 858.205.8132. All media requests should be directed to Jennifer Taylor. For further information concerning the Pet Tech, the world’s premier CPR, First Aid & Care class for dogs and cats visit the website, http://www.pettech.net.)

JenLovesPets Walks in San Diego’s Out of the Darkness Walk

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When I was younger you didn’t hear about suicide or depression. And if you did hear about it there was a stigma attached to the person and family. People got…

“You’re the Best Pet Sitter, How can I Thank You?” ~ A Pet Sitter’s Response

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JenLovesPets has clocked in over 20,000 hours of pet sitting and dog walking in San Diego with over 100 2legged clients and    countless 4legged ones. I’ve enjoyed taking care of…

Rancho Penasquitos Professional Pet Sitter to Teach Pet CPR, First Aid & Care

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May 2, 2013 NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: May, 2, 2013 Contact: Jennifer Taylor, Owner and Chief Pack Leader, JenLovesPets Phone: 858.205.8132 E-mail: jen@jenlovespets.com Web site: http://jenlovespets.com/ Rancho Penasquitos Professional…