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Online Animal Hospice Workshops Now Available!


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Received this Dec. 29/09 & wanted to share the news here for those who may be interested. Even if not, please do check out Dr. Bittel's informative website [below] regardless:

Dear Friends,

We have wonderful news to share with you before the year ends:

The first ever online class available on animal hospice care is FINALLY ready to go!

Thanks to all of you for bearing with us in the last months of our maneuvering through the logistical


We are so excited to now be able to offer a way to learn about animal hospice to those

of you who cannot travel to our live seminars or would have to travel rather far, simply by using a computer.

The internet makes it possible, this way we can even serve those who have shown interest from Australia,

Japan, Singapore, Italy, Germany and other far locations.

The online classes are suitable for:

  • any animal lover considering being involved with or providing hospice care to an animal companion, whether lay or professional
  • veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants
  • other animal care professionals including pet sitters
  • grief counselors, pet loss counselors
  • human hospice workers with interest in animal hospice care

    Content similar to our basic level weekend seminar "Spirits in Transition" will be covered in 20 online sessions by taking Part 1 and 2 of our basic level online classes. You will see the slides and hear the presentation through your computer, and also can download handouts with some of the sessions.

    Part 1 and 2 each consist of ten sessions of at least 60 minutes in length, the last one of each part is held as a webinar.
    This allows participants who have completed all previous nine interactive online sessions to get answers to their questions in person.
    A recording of the webinar can be downloaded by those unable to attend it live via computer and phone.

    For the completion of the Part 1 course to count as prerequisite for participation in Part 2, participants have
    to turn in their homework for review.

    Topics we cover in Part 1 of SPIRITS in Transition – Online are:

    • Re-evaluating common reasons for euthanasia
    • Overview of several holistic modalities helpful in special needs and end-of-life animal care
    • Integrating our personal experiences on death and dying
    • Challenges and choices in geriatric and special needs animal care
    • Cancer prevention
    • Easing pain– conventional and holistic options

    Please note:

    - Currently, we are releasing only Part 1 of which we will post one or two sessions per month.

    Once started, each session remains available to the participant for 3 months.

    - Those of you who have taken our weekend seminar, treasure the movie documenting the last 48 hours

    of dear chocolate lab "Cassie" who shares her passing in her own time with us in a most inspiring way.

    This movie is only available during the live seminar, discounts are given to those who wish to combine online and live classes.

    For further information on the online classes, please visit:


    Additional note:

    Ella's radio/online interview with Sage Lewis will re-run on January 2nd. If you

    would like to listen to it go to http://www.thepetplayground.mypodcast.com

    [MY NOTE: this talk appears to still be available for download to listen to, at the above website]

    Thank you for sharing our passion for animal hospice care.

    Our fondest wishes for you and all your loved ones in 2010,

    Ella & Bunny

    SPIRITS in Transition


    The way this works is, the Part 1 classes (only ones being made available so far) can be enrolled in at any time you choose. All classes but the Q&A webinar (only one/Part 1 & Part 2) are attended from your computer. The webinar class is attended by phone. There is a calendar on the website listing this and other events by Dr. Bittel, as well as more detail about these classes, and more.

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You're welcome, Marty, as always. And THANK YOU for passing the word on!!

I don't know, actually, as I haven't even set up on the networking sites yet! (gotta get to that asap!) :blush: But it's likely it's there.

Also, an addendum: The talk by Ella is also still listenable in regular online "play" mode, or it can be downloaded. I'm listening to it right now.

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