Healthy National Walk Your Dog Week!

In honor of National Walk Your Dog Week, which kicks off October 1, 2015 I’d like to tell you about a Hot new product to keep you fit while walking Fido.

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Rhonda Pinkerman, a full-time cardio thoracic nurse practitioner created a special fanny pack out of necessity.

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As a television producer and active person, I’m a big fan of fanny packs. I love to be hands-free.

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I’m not alone.  Pinkerman is an avid runner and was tired of holding dog waste on her runs.

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So, she designed a convenient, reflective, stylish, water resistant hands-free leash. It’s the King Daddy of fanny packs.

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It’s easy to pull baggies from outside of pack and then drop the poo into the stink proof sealed compartment.

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No more walking around carrying a poo bag in your hand until you find a garbage can.

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After testing the product on her runs, she realized she had created the perfect leash.  She started getting requests from friends for the dog leash and…Poo Doo Dog Leash was born.

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In one year, without any advertising she made 10K.  That doubled to 20K in year 2 just from friend referrals.

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She also created Poo Doo Portable Water bowls -collapsible water bowls that fold easily into back packet of Poo Doo Leash.

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Rhonda has even created an exercise routine that can be done with your dog while utilizing the hands-free leash.

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WE TESTED THE PRODUCT AND GIVE IT FOUR PAWS UP!!! LOVE THE QUALITY, COLORS AND STYLES TOO!!!

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For more information or to purchase one, please visit:

http://www.poodooleash.com

http://www.facebook.com/poodooleash

http://www.etsy.com

http://www.amazon.com

http://www.ebay.com

To Book Rhonda for TV to demonstrate Exercising with Your Dog Using the PooDooLeash:

Call Rhonda at:  615-414-4490

The product can also be found in these following stores:

Crossroads Pet Store, Miss Kitty’s Bed and Bath, Safari Pet Resort, The Dog Spot, Deco Decorar

Happy National Walk Your Dog Week.  Walking daily keeps you and your pet healthy!

Send a photo of your dogs best Halloween costume to info@poodooleash.com to be entered in the dog leash giveaway!

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doggie   Maria Dorfner is the founder of Healthy Within Network.  This is her blog. She can be reached at maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

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TODAY: Support This Healthy Kickstarter Campaign!!!

kickstarterMedCrunch believes HereAfter Frames is a hot, healthy NEW product for people during a difficult time.

Losing a pet can be one of the most difficult experiences in life.  When something can ease that pain, and help a person transition through the natural  5 stages of grief to one of acceptance, it’s a healthy thing.

The response by people who have a HereAfter Frame created is heartfelt.  The process from finding a special photo to immortalize to seeing the final creation to finding a special place for it in a home is uplifting.

Tears are replaced by a smile.

That’s why we love HereAfter Frames, which displays a custom painting or photo, along with keepsakes and an urn.

It helps people fondly capture the essence of their loved one.  And yes, it can be created for people too. The frame can be made to match the interior of your home. The creator can also add audio to them, such as any recording you have of your pet or a special song.

To this day, my parents play a cassette recording (the old kind) of my Grandfather Giuseppe.  When I get in their car, I love hearing his voice singing in Italian. His laughter, which is contagious is on it too. It makes me smile to recall his wonderful, lively spirit.

So when the creator told me about this, it resonated as something people would love.

It’s a healthy way to maintain a positive connection with a loved pet or person after they’re gone, which is why I encourage you to support this artist with 3 easy steps:

LINK: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2033271920/1081740743?token=17db0ca6

(1) CLICK link to watch brief video
(2) GIVE as much as you can to help
(3) SHARE link with friends and family

In return for your support, you will receive a special gift created just for you by the artist.

Thank you,
Maria Dorfner
In Loving Memory

“Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.” -Erik Erikson

Healthy Grieving for Pets by Maria Dorfner

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I have always known that pets have souls.  Artist, Boris Jairala knows it too.  If you listen with your heart, you can actually hear what pets are trying to say to you.  Think about how you would communicate if you could not speak.  Your eyes or body language would need to reflect all your emotions: happiness, sadness, love, anger.

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I believe when you are close to a pet they can intuit how you feel and they respond in kind.

It’s reassuring to be comforted this way. And they love unconditionally.

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Numerous health studies validate the healthy therapeutic affects of living with pets.
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Pets do not care what you look like and treat you the same if you’re wearing sweat pants or a ball gown.  They do not criticize you.  They do not cheat, lie or steal (well, maybe a few socks that mysteriously vanish) or care about your weight, height or job title.  They ask no questions.  They merely accept you and love you for being alive.  Refreshing.
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It’s no wonder people with pets live longer. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), pet ownership not only decreases blood pressure, but your cholesterol levels, and
triglyceride levels.  The American Veterinary Medical Association, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and The Delta Society agree.
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According to WebMD, there are 27 more health benefits, including lifting depression, being a natural mood enhancer, helping those with ADHD release excess energy, lowering the risk of dying from cardiac disease, increasing survival rates after a heart attack or stroke while boosting your immune system, plus more.
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Some dogs can even alert diabetic owners of a drop in their blood glucose. There are also super sensitive dogs, like empaths.  They sense when you’re not feeling well.  Their calming presence helps create emotional balance in owners.  One look or touch can tell you they know how you feel, and will stand by you.
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It’s a rare kind of unconditional love in a world that creates laws for things that should come naturally –kindness, respect and not judging others based on skin color, race or anything else, so long it’s not harming another individual.  Kids learn responsibility from having to walk and feed the pet, and you are guaranteed your thirty minutes of walking each day, which helps keep them or you fit, and lower risks for all sorts of diseases.
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So, what happens when a pet dies and you lose all that?  How do you deal with the grief that comes from the death of such a loving pet?

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I recall reading Elsabeth Kubler-Ross’s book, “On Death and Dying.” It was published in 1969.  A friend gave it to me after my grandmother passed away.  Prior to that, no one I knew personally had ever died.  It was something that happened to other people.  The book helped me process my feelings at the time. It wasn’t only my own feelings.  I was also absorbing the grief from my parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, neighbors and everyone around me.  Overwhelming.  “On Death and Dying” outlines the 5 stages of grief.

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People go through the 5 different stages for a person or pet at their own pace.  It can also happen when someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness or from divorce or a breakup. The stages don’t happen the same way for each person. Each individual needs to take as much time as they need to process it.  When death is sudden and unexpected and you can’t get beyond anger is when it’s best to seek out professional help.
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NATURAL STAGES OF GRIEF AFTER LOSS:

1. Denial and Isolation

The first reaction that buffers the immediate shock.  You feel no pain.
2. Anger
Reality kicks in.  Emotions are in overdrive.  This is when you snap at things and then feel guilty or more angry for doing so.
3. Bargaining
You try to regain control by telling yourself, “If only I had…” because you feel vulnerable and helpless.
You feel overwhelming sadness, regret and worry.
5. Acceptance
 After you allow yourself to grieve naturally, you will heal.
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These 5 stages are the same for the loss of people or pets.
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Boris Jairala learned this when his father died, then his dog.
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No one wants to forget a pet or person they love. Painting helped Boris cope with loss. Gretchen Rubin, author of “Happier at Home” wrote, “Capturing a moment in time isn’t just about securing a memory –it can help you appreciate your life every day.”  She adds, “Photos are a way to record life’s little moments that are precious but easily forgotten.”
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The unique frames hold ashes in the front, and memorable keepsake items in the back.
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Painting a memorial of his father inspired him to do the same for his dog.
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When friends saw it, they loved it and asked Boris if he could create one for them.
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Each frame can be customized to match the interior design of a home.  Boris adds, “If you already have an audio recording of your pet that can also be added. For people you love, I can add a special recording of their voice or a special song.   A woman who lost a child that was premature asked me to create a special frame, and it was very touching.  I’m deeply moved by the joy it brings.”
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They say two things are certain in life, death and taxes.  This won’t help with taxes, but it’s a unique way to help with the first. Rubin says positive memories and photographs play an important role in a happy life.
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Boris is from Brooklyn, NY and works out of a studio there.  His dream is to open a workshop.  His Kickstarter campaign launches soon.

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He says, “My dream with HERE AFTER FRAMES and the upcoming Kickstarter campaign is to raise enough to make this available to everyone in the world.”
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He has a patent and is the only person in the world creating such an item.
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UPDATE:
 Boris met his Kickstarter campaign goal (thank you to anyone who contributed), but you can still view or order the keepsakes as a gift or for yourself and have them customized here:  http://www.HereAfterFrames.com
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MORE ARTICLES TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE GRIEVING PROCESS HERE:

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Maria Dorfner is the founder of Healthy Within Network. This is her blog.

Stay healthy!

First Aid for the Soul

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COMMENTS:

  •  Richard Renda Totally Cool ‎– but don’t make “Yourself” the only thing that matters. throwing in an extra 2 cents !!!! always loved this quote. “a penny for the Truth, 2 cents for a heart.” ok there’s my 2 cents : )))
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  • Maria Dorfner

    You’re welcome, Robert. Richard, I agree with your two ♥ cents. It’s simply another version of the Oxygen Mask adage, which a smart person recently shared with me. It’s if there’s an emergency on an airplane and you’re travelling with kids, put your own oxygen mask on first. Why? Because if you pass out, you are in no position to help anyone else survive. It applies on the ground as well. You’ll be of little to no use to the people who depend upon you if you don’t take care of yourself first. The title should actually read: Be good to you, so you can be good to others! ♥