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Death of a Pet

How Loss Can Bend Even The Deepest-Held Beliefs

Posted 06.02.2015 | OWN

By Trish Deitch I have always been proud of the fact that my daughter wouldn't hurt a fly. At 12, she went camping with other Buddhist kids alo...

When Your Dog Dies: Reflection on Losing Your Best Friend

Gene Beresin | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Gene Beresin

Dogs are immediately emotionally accessible. No barriers. That's more than I can say about most people. Maybe we can say goodbye, but far too often we cloak our feelings with words.

Learning from Losing Lulu

Katie Rose Guest Pryal | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Katie Rose Guest Pryal

A picture. I hadn't taken a picture of Arthur on his first day of school, of his shiny new backpack and his little knees emerging from his khaki shorts. No jerk in a Jetta was going to prevent me from taking a picture.

The Heartbreak Of Losing Our Family Pet

Teresa Kindred | Posted 06.16.2015 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

Last night while the whole family was gathered together to watch a basketball game we noticed Murphy, our Cocker Spaniel, was acting strangely. I called the vet and described his behavior and she advised me to bring him in to the office. I

Life, Death, and Karma

Ellen Frankel | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Ellen Frankel

I remember the older people in my life that used to say, "It all goes by so quickly." I would tell them that I understood what they were saying, but if it all goes by so quickly, how can the days so often feel endless? Now I have lived it; I understand.

One Fish, Two Fish, Dead Fish, New Fish

Cort Ruddy | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

Over the next three months, I went to Pet Smart as often as Norm went to Cheers. The staff would greet me with, "Want the usual?" I became a master of the goldfish switcheroo.

When Parenting Breaks Your Heart

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

I wanted to be a mom for a long time before I became one. But I didn't know how tired I'd be. Or how angry I'd get. I had no idea that the stakes would feel so high and the losses would loom so big. Parenting is scary and painful -- it breaks your heart.

Homeless

Jana Lee Frazier | Posted 05.28.2014 | Good News
Jana Lee Frazier

We are both afraid. But she is braver than I am. This morning, she climbed calmly, willingly up into the station wagon of these people who are strangers to her. To come here. I, too, got into a car that brought me to this place.

Waiting With Ellie

Jessica Braun | Posted 02.22.2014 | Women
Jessica Braun

Ellie has spent most of her life waiting patiently. But this time, she is the one who will go first. And while she waits, we will wait with her.

For Pedro, Duck and All the Others

Abbye E. Meyer | Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Abbye E. Meyer

It'll be just Pedro and me who go to the hospital, and I'll let his meatball head rest in my hand as the two of us share that private moment, probably crying and drooling, and definitely feeling exhausted. On that day, Pedro hopefully will be left with some relief, and I'll be left.

Remembering Luis: Fields of Barley, Fields of Gold

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 07.22.2013 | Fifty
Joanna Perry-Folino

I'm going to be brave here and tell you exactly what I fear about my dating life now that I'm over 50. I'm terrified there's no one out there for me. That no one who can put up with my nuttiness, my anxieties, my insecurities, my moodiness.

Birth and Death

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

Lola taught me how to handle adversity and Lucy taught me how to love unconditionally. Lola taught me to laugh and Lucy taught me to cry. She taught me that it's okay to love someone so much that when they finally die, you feel that your heart is broken.

Why I'm So Glad To Be Rid Of My Yellow Lab

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 07.17.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

'How is Sophie?' a neighbor asked the other day, inquiring about our endearing Yellow Lab. Sophie, with her lively personality and satanic eyes (she had Horner's syndrome), was an important member of our family for a long time. We loved her. We lost her. And now life is pretty awesome.

How a Shopping Trip became a 72-Hour Science and Parenting Lesson

Alex McCord | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Alex McCord

Kids are insightful, and if led with love, are fully equipped to handle the life and death cycle. This experience was bigger than our family.

This Magic Moment: Saying Goodbye to Two Friends

Natasha Ashton | Posted 06.04.2013 | Impact
Natasha Ashton

Saying goodbye to a four-legged friend is something we all dread, and yet from the moment we look into their eyes and promise them, "You're mine," we know that the time will one day come.

The Conflict I Feel About Taking Time Away From My Kids

Lisa McElroy | Posted 04.26.2013 | Parents
Lisa McElroy

Does my world perspective help me raise globally conscious kids? Or does my travel across the world mean that they miss out on something essential in what a mother promises her child?

Ending the Life of a Pet

Mary Crescenzo | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Mary Crescenzo

This afternoon, my dog will leave this world in my arms without pain, with my lipstick kiss on her mature Maltese mane. Tonight, when it is late and dark and time to sleep, I will feel her presence beside me.

To Be Loved Like a Dog

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 03.31.2013 | Women
Sarah Hodgson

As a dog trainer, I've spent the last quarter of a century training dogs and influencing their people. As a wife and mom with two young kids, I'm doing pretty much the same thing.

The Big Death of a Small Dog

Ken White | Posted 03.17.2013 | San Francisco
Ken White

It took a village to try and save The Fuzz. The village tried. But the village failed. Talking about failure, no matter how unpopular, is necessary if we're going to tell the whole story of animal welfare.

What if the New Year Is Not 'Happy?'

Myra Demeter | Posted 03.17.2013 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

When you love intensely you also leave yourself open to great pain. Now all my son can feel is the hurt. One day he will feel love again. I promise.

Euthanasia: A Moment of Grace and Heartache

Diana Nyad | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Diana Nyad

It is clear that, come the time, I will do the right thing by my Scout. My baby. I will not let her suffer. We are told that we love our animals so much, we know when that moment is upon us. And we do the right thing. But how?

What Fiona Apple and Jimmy Stewart Know About Loving -- and Losing -- a Dog

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 01.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna Jane Grossman

Some people who write about their pets really write about their pets -- and they do it in a way that speaks to the hearts of other humans who have also had significant interspecies relationships.

Big Boys Do Cry: A Lesson on Healing

Eric Handler | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Eric Handler

I believe five pounds of fur and love taught me more about life than my bookshelf of self-help books.

It's a Dog's Life: Eat, Play, Love

Robert Leahy, Ph.D. | Posted 12.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Leahy, Ph.D.

What if you went through today -- one day -- living your life the way a dog sees it? Thrilled to go for a short walk, ecstatic over meeting another dog, happy as can be just to feel someone's touch, playing with the simplest toys.

On Pets and Legacy

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Have you ever considered the lessons you learned and the love you expressed through your relationship with animals? Pets connect us to nature and are one of nature's best sources of love.