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  • What’s Inside

    Vol. 32 No. 2 Fall 2018

    Vice President: Gary Piper President & Editor: Nancy Piper

    Phone 816-891-8888; Fax 816-891-8781


    12200 N.W. Crooked Rd • P.O. Box 12073

    Kansas City, MO 64152

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    How Do I Grieve? ................... Page 1

    Millennials Put Pets First

    When Buying a Home ............. Page 2

    Cross Country with Dogs ........ Page 3

    Pets Can Experience Grief ... Page 4

    Useful Telephone Numbers .... Page 6

    Flower Service Program ......... Page 7

    Feature Fund Program ........... Page 8

    Candlelight Ceremony December 15, 2018, 5:00pm

    Honoring memories and sharing

    stories for our pets past and present.

    A memorial table will be setup to honor your special

    companions. You are welcome to bring a picture,

    framed or unframed, to place on the table. We have

    ornaments for you to personalize, decorate and place

    on our Christmas tree.

    5:00 pm: refreshments and personalizing ornaments

    6:00 pm: Candle lighting ceremony

    How Do I Grieve? - Nancy Piper

    What is normal grief? Is the

    way I feel wrong? What

    should I do? What should I


    Your beloved pet, friend, com-

    panion, fur baby has died.

    You are grieving. You are

    probably astounded by the

    intensity of your grief. Be

    assured that grief over the

    death of a pet is not immature,

    crazy or overly sentimental. It

    is normal, natural and proper

    to grieve after the death of

    someone you love. When you

    love deeply, you grieve deep-


    Allow yourself to feel all your

    emotions over a period of

    time. To deny or repress your

    grief would be to devalue the

    love your companion animal

    brought into your life. When

    grief is freely expressed, the

    healing time is generally

    greatly reduced. It is okay to

    cry, it is okay to ask questions,

    it is ok to view the body, it is

    okay to reminisce about your

    pet’s life.

    There are many emotions in-

    volved with the grief process.

    One is the feeling of shock

    and disbelief. You are numb,

    can’t think, don’t know what

    to do. Denial is similar to this.

    You can’t believe your baby

    died. You think when you get

    home, your loved one will be

    at the door or on the back of

    the couch to greet you. But

    when you get home, your pet

    isn’t there. It dawns on you

    that this is real. Your pet real-

    ly is dead. You are not hallu-

    cinating or having a night-


    Another emotion is anger. We

    humans like to be in control.

    When your pet dies, you have

    lost control. Therefore, you

    may get angry. You might

    strike out verbally at anyone

    who is convenient. Anger

    (Continued on page 6)

  • Homeless People’s Pet Food Project Can You Help? Donations are lowest in the summer & fall

    Thousands of organizations are seeking dona-

    tions for the less fortunate. Think of the com-

    panion pets of the homeless, they are as de-

    prived as the people who care for them. These

    pets provide comfort and companionship to

    the homeless. Rolling Acres Memorial Gar-

    dens for Pets is seeking donations of pet food,

    toys, leashes, collars, blankets, and pet beds.

    You can help. Has your pet outgrown a collar

    or leash? Has his diet changed and you have

    an open bag of pet food you won’t use or one

    your pet doesn’t like? Tape up the open bag

    of pet food and bring it to Rolling Acres. Your

    donations will be distributed to the homeless

    in the community. In September 2001, Roll-

    ing Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets started

    soliciting contributions for homeless people's

    pets, either pet food or money for pet

    food. This was after it came to Nancy Piper's

    attention that many homeless people also have

    pets. Some of their concerns are food for their

    pets, vet care, and the after-life care of their

    pets! We will also take blankets, towels, or

    clothing to them along with the pet food. If

    you have anything to donate, just bring it to us,

    and we'll deliver it for you. In 2017, with the

    generous and overwhelming assistance of the

    community, Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens

    for Pets provided 3166 pounds of dry pet food,

    468 cans of canned pet food, cat and dog

    treats, as well as pet beds, pet carriers, toys,

    collars, leashes, pet brushes, and combs to

    Homeless People’s Pets. The need for this

    support has been increasing in recent

    months. Rolling Acres thanks the public for

    their help in this year-round project. Uplift

    Organization is the primary benefactor of the

    pet food and supplies. We also supply the Red

    Cross with pet food.


    Millennials are having a love affair with

    pets — so much so that they're often put-

    ting their furry friends' needs at the top of

    their list when shopping for a home.

    Luxury landlords have been catering to

    this millennial trend for years, putting in

    dog runs on rental tower roofs and pet sa-

    lons off lobbies. Now more millennials are

    buying homes, and seeking the same


    A full 73 percent of millennials currently

    own a pet, according to the American Pet

    Products Association. That is a larger share

    than any other demographic. For buyers it's

    even bigger. A whopping

    89 percent of millennials

    who bought a home so far

    this year own a pet, accord-

    ing to Realtor.com.

    Thirty-one-year-old Jessica

    Evans lives in a single-

    family row house in Wash-

    ington, D.C., with Lucy, a

    dog, and Casper, a cat. She

    calls them her "fur chil-


    "I don't have kids, and I've

    intentionally decided that

    while I want to have kids

    one day, I'm not at that point in my life,

    and I think a lot of millennials here in D.C.

    are kind of in that same boat, but you still

    enjoy having something to take care of,"

    she said, feeding Lucy some treats. But

    taking care of her pets, especially Lucy,

    meant selling her condo and buying a sin-

    gle-family home.

    "I loved living in the downtown area in a

    condo. It was great, very convenient, I

    didn't have housework, but the one thing

    that was really missing was my dog's hap-

    piness," said Evans.

    Keeping pets happy appears to be a millen-

    nial priority. For this demographic, 79 per-

    cent of pet-owning homebuyers who

    closed on a property this year said they

    would pass up an otherwise perfect home

    if it didn't meet the needs of their pets,

    according to a Realtor.com survey.

    Evans knows this firsthand, because she is

    also a real estate agent with mostly millen-

    nial clients. On their wish lists: first and

    foremost, outdoor space — a yard or at

    least a park within walking distance.

    "The big thing with cats is where is their

    litter box going to go? I think with any

    house or condo, that's a big decision," she


    And owners with older pets often have

    concerns about stairs. More affluent buyers

    want a dog grooming station in the mud

    room. Also, being near pet-friendly restau-

    rants and pet supply stores is a big plus,

    especially for young urban buyers who

    might not have a car.

    And once millennials purchase a home,

    they often put big bucks into upgrades for

    their pets. Evans put $12,000 into her row

    house, adding a higher fence so her pets

    couldn't jump out and other pets couldn't

    jump in. She also added a modern pet door

    and renovated the basement bathroom for

    Lucy, even though the base-

    ment itself is unfinished.

    "I wanted her to have her

    own shower so that I would-

    n't have to clean mine after

    washing her in it," said Ev-


    She just wanted her house

    to be pet-friendly overall,

    not just for herself but for

    her friends, most of whom

    also have pets.

    "I think I tend to connect

    more with other people with

    pets because we can do pet-

    friendly things together," said Evans, add-

    ing that some of her clients who don't have

    pets are also interested in pet amenities

    because they've been waiting to own a

    house first, so they can get a pet.

    Millennials Put Pets First When Buying a Home - www.cnbc.com

  • Save Cans to Help Rescue Groups Help Pets One of our community service projects is

    saving clean aluminum beverage cans only

    (pet food or other cans

    will not be accepted by

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