For Heaven's Sake...

Posted by Pia

Whew, it's been a whirlwind summer so far. Upon landing in the U.S. from Sweden, I got the sad news that the father of my friend David had passed away in Los Angeles at age 93. Needless to say, I headed to L.A. to show my respects for the passing of this very kind and humane man...

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Don Meyer receiving lots of love from a visiting pooch!

1 Don Meyer receiving lots of love from a visiting pooch!

As science has proven, stroking a companion animal actually relaxes people and typically lowers blood pressure!  Petting his grand-dog Peach clearly relaxed doting grand-dad Don!

2 As science has proven, stroking a companion animal actually relaxes people and typically lowers blood pressure! Petting his grand-dog Peach clearly relaxed doting grand-dad Don!

A young dapper Don!

3 A young dapper Don!

Don in his favorite hat- enjoying some time on the water with Dena!

4 Don in his favorite hat- enjoying some time on the water with Dena!

Silent comrades in arms...

5 Silent comrades in arms...

Don rests his hand gently on the head of his pit bull friend!

6 Don rests his hand gently on the head of his pit bull friend!

Don's son David is one of the founders of Adopt-a-Pet.com. His dear dad Don was always super supportive of our efforts to help homeless animals find loving homes.

Don always loved animals and David credits him with his own sensitivity and dedication to animal advocacy. Fortunately the assisted living home in which Don and David's mom, Dena resided, permits companion animals - so Don got frequent furry visitors!

Don was a truly warm and loving man- among various hats he wore was that of composer. To meet this humble man, you'd never guess he wrote classics sung by such talents as Billie Holiday, Chet Baker and the like. Be sure and listen to this one-For Heaven's Sake- you'll likely recognize it- how fitting a tribute to such a warm and inclusive heart. I thank Don for his sensitivity and for fostering a love and dedication for our fellow creatures like that manifested in the work of his son David.

David not only founded North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website, but he advocates tirelessly for the welfare of our 4-legged kin in all that he does. David's brother Bill and his mother Dena are also committed to animal welfare, both are vegetarians, activists and willing to speak out on behalf of those who need help being heard.

As many of you know, I believe that compassion breeds more compassion-and Don's appreciation for the value of species beyond only humans, bred a similar compassion in those who surrounded him.

Rest in Peace Don- many a critter grieves your passing and extends heartfelt thanks for your kind heart.
Myself included.

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

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Comments (6)

  • Hello Dr. Pia,
    Welcome home I am very sorry about your friend Don passing away
    He did so much for animals. I am sure that Warrior Prince Basil, who heads up our Rainbow Bridge Squad, will line up all of our departed Glue Squad members to give him a proper salute as he passes on by them to get to his own welcoming from his relatives and friends.
    Cora-Belle, thank you for letting us know that you won't be posting for a couple days. That doesn't mean I still won't worry about you. You are very dear to me and Karen and you take all the time you need to rest but know we are thinking about you and we love you to the moon and back
    Zoe, are you practicing your nursing techniques for when your dad has his surgery?
    I have to go for right now but I will try to get back on the computer later
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too Dr. Pia. Welcome home and sorry about your friend’s loss. I’ll bet you are like me when I travel. I love all those new spots to check out, but there is no place like home. Daddy and I tried to chase a cat last night. He can’t run as fast as I can and I almost pulled him down. He kept yelling for me to slow down; I just kept yelling for him to speed up. The cat got away; bet it was sitting and laughing at the two of us. I’ll get him next time if Daddy would just let go of my leash. I’ll just rest up and save my energy; that would be a nap.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Oh Dr. Pia, how sad! I'm glad you are safely home and had an opportunity to show your respects by flying to L.A. Don sounded like a great compassionate man, how nice to have had him in your life. RIP Don...all your past pets are greeting you.

    Another week almost gone, the days are getting shorter and life is passing so fast...I think of it daily since I hit this age...sorry I can't even say it :-(

    Anyway Dr.Pia, I enjoyed following you on your trip back to Sweden and posting all the lovely photos...good to have you home! hope your hubby enjoyed it as well.

    älskar dig,
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hi Dr Pia, So glad you are back home, but so sorry to hear about the loss of such a good friend, Don Meyer. What a wonderful person he was and I also appreciate any human who cares about animals like Don did and of course like you and David do also. Anyone who takes great care of our animal friends mean so much to me. Sure hope you have a great weekend and my prayers are with you and all of our animal friends. Love, Jan and DDR

  • Hello Dr. Pia,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of our wonderful advocate friend, Don. David please accept my condolences and hugs. It appears that you and your father are very much alike in your love of animals. I know Warrior Prince Basil led the Heavenly Glue Squad in giving your father a proper welcome to the heavens. Such wonderful memories to comfort you of such a fantastic human being.
    Hugs,
    Lynn

  • Hello Dr.Pia and my glue squad friends,
    We are very sorry to hear about your friend Don passing away. It was wonderful to hear about his pet advocate work and we are sorry for your loss. I am glad you are safely home from your vacation.
    Cora belle, I really hope you are doing alright and getting lots of rest and TLC. You are very important to me and I try very hard to stand tall and be tough when big dogs bark at me sometimes at work. My dad says I am a "tough girl" now because I was not afraid of a 97 lb. saint bernard! Get better soon!!
    Rebel, hope your eyes are doing better. I think about you every time I see baby ducks at the pond.
    Delia and Kitty hope you are well and wishing catnip treats for your feline. Sonya, thanks for remembering me the other day. My wound near my ear is healing well. Maddox, do you go to the beach in the summer? Baby favor it was nice to hear about your crawfish hunting expedition. Kirby hope you are keeping cool and that your tail is healed.Lynn, we are inspired by your christmas card work and mom might start her xmas bracelets today. Yesterday Mom took me to the pond and we had a great time walking by the ducks. Today we might go to the new dog park!! She said it is fenced in and I can run all around with other small dogs. Keep cool my Olympic Glue Squad Buddies- Abby

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