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Happy Ending After Surviving a Terminal Illness

We want to share with you a happy ending after surviving a terminal Illness.

The past few years after surviving a terminal illness I threw myself face first into one new thing after another. I was so happy to come back from the dead, I wasn’t going to miss a thing. I wanted to do all I could to enjoy each moment and each day. And by enjoying each day I would build a new life.

Well for the past 10 years I have been doing that. Enjoying each day and trying new things. What were those new things? In my previous life I was a structured, Type A, work obsessed corporate executive at a fortune 100 enterprise. This time I was bound to never work for anyone ever again. So, I became an entrepreneur.

I started an Executive Search firm, grew it and sold it. I then started a Business Brokerage firm. Decided it was too much like work so I started a non-profit. Love that, and kept leading it but needed more to occupy my life. So with all my past experience I became a Life and Business Coach. Teaching people how not to work themselves to death. I also with that became a writer and launched a small book publishing firm.

But with all that busy-ness I started to become disillusioned. Somewhere along the way, it went from fun and exciting, to an obsession. So I decided I needed to get back to being happy full-time. I knew in my heart that to be happy I had to pick just one of all the businesses I had. I knew by doing just one, I would have time to both plant and smell the roses again. But, What would my one thing be?


Happy Ending After Surviving a Terminal Illness


I have experienced it all throughout my life that when I have a burning desire, something shows up in my life to guide me towards it. And what showed up? The One Thing book by Gary Keller.

When I read the book I knew I was being guided towards my goal of happiness and doing just One Thing. The One Thing that made all other of the things I was doing unnecessary. I decided upon a criteria for my One Thing. It had to change the lives of others. It had to use my passion and it had to be the best thing I could do with my remaining years.

Well if you have read my One Thing 66 Day Workbook I wrote after finishing Keller’s book, you know I created a specific plan to not just pick my One Thing, but to really accomplish and live it. I wanted to change my life for now the third time.

So of all the business I have and all the various things I’ve been doing; what is my One Thing? Its devoting myself 100% to my nonprofit organization. The nonprofit I started after surviving my terminal illness over 10 years ago Green Pets America Charities. GPA is unique among animal welfare organizations.

GPA is not your usual rescue the dogs organization. We are that of course… but we are so much more. Our whole reason for being is to make life better for families with companion animals. Particularly we help families in need care for and feed their pets. We keep the bond between people and their pets strong and together, even through difficult financial times.

Happy Ending After Surviving a terminal Illness. I was given that new life I prayed for and have used it to, Be Good and Do Good. We have  worked and built a strong human and animal bond for over 10 years now.

Our group does it well, and we do it with love. We have even been recognized by our home State Senate of Georgia, and our home city as well for helping Georgia’s families and pets bonded together, in their deep love for one another .

Happy Ending After Surviving a terminal Illness


Steven Monahan is the Founder-Executive Director of Green Pets America Charities, shares his insights, expertise and opinions on the human animal bond; including, nutrition, pet food, total wellness, animal welfare and animal rights. As well as news, trends and developments in the global pet industry.

Steve is also creator and author of The One Thing 66 Day Workbook. Steve created the 66 Day Workbook to help others achieve their one thing as he did. Without expecting or planning it The One Thing 66 Day Workbook has turned out to be a best seller. Steve is now using proceeds from the books sales to further support the mission of Green Pets America.

Kind of a happy ending  and a Win-Win story after surviving a terminal illness.

Warning Horse Meat Found Pet Food

Warning Horse Meat Found Pet Food

Warning Horse Meat Found Pet Food. Evangers Dog Food plans to recall all pet foods with beef for concerns over Pentobarbital in the food.

Joel Sher, VP of Evangers admitted to a reporter that DNA analysis found horse meat in their pet food. Independent testing results showed beef, as well as horse DNA.

Testing was ordered after a dog died and others sickened from complications caused by pentobarbital in their canned dog food. A drug typically used by veterinarians to euthanize animals.

The results are surprising considering the FDA also conducted species analysis testing on the implicated pet food and they confirmed it was beef. The FDA said in a statement:

In another admission on another website, Joel Sher also confessed that the company plans to recall all Evanger’s pet food products containing chunks of beef. The article states,all of the company’s foods containing “chunk beef” will be recalled.

It is unclear, at this point, which brands with beef or “chunks” of beef will be recalled. A search of Evanger’s website revealed it’s Hunk of Beef style pet food products are no longer sold on their website.

It is also unclear whether the reason for the pending recalls will be for adulteration with horse meat or fears that other brands may also contain pentobarbital or both.

This news that other Evanger’s brands are in the process of being recalled is not particularly surpising. The FDA could not confidently say whether other brands did not also contain the deadly drug.

This news comes on the heels of an FDA warning consumers not feed certain lots of Evanger’s pet food to their animals. The FDA press release cautioned: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising pet owners and caretakers not to feed their pets certain lots of Evanger’s. Including canned Hunk of Beef or Against the Grain,Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy canned dog food. Unopened cans from both brands were found to contain pentobarbital, a barbiturate.


Warning Horse Meat Found Pet Food. This Pet Food Recall Alert is a service of Green Pets America non profit.

Steven Monahan, Founder- Executive Director Green Pets America Charities, shares his insights, expertise and opinions on the human animal bond; including, nutrition, pet food, total wellness, animal welfare, animal rights. As well as news, trends and developments in the global pet industry.


Warning Horse Meat Found Pet Food

5 Tips to Help Anxious Fearful Dogs

5 Tips to Help Anxious Fearful Dogs

Here are 5 Tips to Help Anxious Fearful Dogs.

There are many ways to diminish stress in your anxious dog. For dogs with separation anxiety:

  1. Leave your dog with an article of clothing or blanket with your scent on it.
  2. Leave a treat-release toy for your dog to focus on in your absence. Place small treats around the house for her to discover, along with her favorite toys.
  3. Add a flower essence blend like Separation Anxiety from Spirit Essences to her drinking water. This works wonders for some dogs. And put on some soothing doggy music before you leave.
  4. Invest in an Adaptil collar or diffuser for your dog. These products release a pheromone that’s designed to have a calming affect on dogs.
  5. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise, playtime, mental stimulation and TLC. The more full her life is when you’re around, the calmer she’ll be when you’re not.5 Tips to Help Anxious Fearful DogsFor more helpful dog articles like 5 Tips to Help Anxious Fearful Dogs then please subscribe to our weekly green Pets Newsletter.

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6 Tips for dogs with noise phobia

6 Tips for dogs with noise phobia.

Here are 6 Tips for dogs with noise phobia.

  1. Play calm, soothing music before a possible stressor occurs. This may relax your dog and have the added bonus of drowning out distressing noises.
  2. If your dog seems to respond well to pressure applied to her body, there are wraps available (e.g., Thundershirt, TTouch anxiety wrap) that many pet owners and veterinarians find extremely helpful.
  3. Ttouch is a specific massage technique that can help anxious pets.
  4. Consult your holistic vet about homeopathic, TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) and Bach flower remedies that could be helpful in alleviating your dog’s stress. Products I use, always in conjunction with behavior modification, include homeopathic aconitum, Hyland’s Calms Forte, Rescue Remedy or other similar remedies depending on the animal.
  5. Calming nutraceuticals and herbs that can be of benefit include holy basil, l-theanine, rhodiola, ashwagandha, GABA, 5-HTP and chamomile. Consult your holistic vet about which makes sense for your pet
  6. The essential oil of lavender has also been proven to reduce a dog’s stress response. I recommend placing a few drops on your dog’s collar or bedding before a stressor occurs, if possible, or diffuse the oil around your house for an overall calming effect.

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6 Tips for dogs with noise phobia.

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green Pets: providing healthy pet food and critical veterinary care for pet families in need. Founded in Atlanta, GA in 2007. Gold Star Rated 501c3 Non-Profit Organization. Recognized by the State Senate of Georgia and City Council of Woodstock for our works to the State and Community.

8 Reasons Never Feed Your Dogs from Same Bowl

8 Reasons Never Feed Your Dogs from Same Bowl

This article from green Pets is on 8 Reasons Never Feed Your Dogs from Same Bowl.

Food bowl sharing in a multi-dog household is a really bad idea. While some owners of more than one dog feed them from the same bowl, it’s a really bad idea. All dogs in the family should be fed from individual bowls, and in separate areas of the house.

  1. One reason is that if two or more dogs are fed from the same bowl, unless the owner is standing over them at every meal, he or she can’t know how much each dog is eating.
  2. It’s important to monitor your dog’s appetite as a sign of her or his general well-being. In fact, one of the first questions most veterinarians ask when you bring your pet in for an exam is, “How’s he eating?” or “Have you noticed any change in his appetite?”
  3. Another reason to feed your pets from their own bowls is to prevent a more dominant dog from eating his meal and then pushing others out of the way so he can help himself to their meals as well. Many animals over-consume calories if fed in the presence of other animals — it’s almost a form of competitive eating. This can quickly lead to obesity in a bossy dog and lack of adequate nourishment in the more submissive dog in the family.
  4. If you have two dogs and one of them has a food sensitivity or allergy. Do you make him eat the trigger food anyway because your other dog isn’t sensitive to it, or do you deprive the other dog to avoid triggering a GI disturbance in your allergic dog? Clearly neither of these solutions is ideal.
  5. The biggest risk of a shared food bowl, though, is food aggression between dogs.In a worst-case scenario, food aggression can result in injuries to a dog and/or an owner who tries to break up a dogfight. But before the “big event,” there are usually a series of smaller skirmishes occurring at mealtime.
  6. It’s the nature of dogs to compete for resources, even when there are plenty of resources to go around. Dogs view many things as worth fighting for, including favorite toys, a special napping spot or “their” human. Food, of course, is a resource, and for many dogs it’s the most important resource in their world.
  7. This is especially true of high-value foods like recreational bones or extremely tasty treats.
  8. Dogs Prefer to Dine Alone. All household dogs, even visiting dogs should be fed from individual bowls in separate areas of the home. If you can’t physically close them off from each other, constant supervision is your only option. It’s also a very good idea to pick up the bowls as soon as the dogs have eaten, even empty bowls can trigger a problem.


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