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Veterinary Medicine

Ceremony honors pets

April 15, 2009

The Argus Institute at CSU offers support to individuals who have challenging decisions ahead of them regarding their pets' healthcare. This Sunday they are hosting a ceremony at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in recognition of pets and the people who care for them.

Companions and family members

This event sponsored by the Argus Institute honors pets' places in people's lives as companions and family members. The ceremony is open to anyone and is particularly geared toward those who have pets, have lost a pet or who are in the animal professions. 

Sunday, April 19, 2-4 p.m.
Animal Cancer Center
Room 118/120
VTH, 300 W. Drake Road

Ceremony to include readings about pets

The Pet Honoring Ceremony will include a program consisting of musical selections and several readings about pets and their role in people's lives. Readings include: 

  •  The Sunday Morning Picture, by Doug Koktavy from the book, The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers
  • A reading by Dr. Kathy Lunn, a Colorado State University veterinarian, from an essay she wrote titled Veterinary Medicine: the Best of all Possible Worlds 
  • A Brief History of The Best Boy, read by Joannah Merriman in the voice of her beloved golden retriever, Chaucer 

Reception/display of mementos

A reception will follow the formal program. A table will be available to display mementos of pets. With our regrets, we ask that you please leave pets at home.  


Make a reservation by contacting (970) 297-4143 or

The Argus Institute offers support to people who are facing challenging decisions surrounding their pet's healthcare, teaches compassionate communication to veterinary professionals, conducts research in veterinarian-client-patient communication and provides community outreach through the student-run Pet Hospice Program and the Human-Animal Bond Club.

Contact: Dell Rae Mollenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009