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Loss of a Pet

Why You Should Be Able To Take Off Work When Your Pet Dies

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.11.2016 | Fifty

I’m ready to split the world into two groups: those who understand the need to take the day off from work when your pet dies and those who simply do...

Why I Haven't 'Been There, Done That'

Kara Post-Kennedy | Posted 01.13.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Kara Post-Kennedy

So our old dog is reaching her end-of-days. My husband and I picked her from a litter as a newborn pup (truthfully, she picked HIM -- I should have k...

The Loss of a Beloved Pet

Helen Davey | Posted 12.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

When it comes to the love and attachment we form with animals, it seems to bring out the best in us. Moreover, many of us tend to remember the important transitions of our lives by which pet we had at the time. They're an important marker of our life's journey.

What I Learned From My Son After The Death Of Our Dog

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

Thorin made accommodations for his friend's fragility. The forts he built for the two of them now had a cushy bed for Walt. He understood Walt could no longer jump up on his bed, needing to sleep on the floor instead.

On Losing a Dog

Will Kearney | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green
Will Kearney

There we are, stumbling through the darkness, finding our way when we see a wagging tail and we're made a simple but profound offer. "I'll come with you!" says a dog. A dog has no journey of their own, no thoughts of past or future, so they give themselves fully to us in a way no person ever could.

To the Mother Who Held Her Crying Daughter

Tony Posnanski | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

I noticed your table early in the night. I saw you and your husband. I also saw your two kids. You looked unhappy. When I walked by the table, there was no eye contact. I got concerned that we screwed something up.

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.

My Mom and My First Dog, Now Both Long Gone

Ken White | Posted 10.02.2013 | San Francisco
Ken White

My curly hair, not a grey one among the mass, mushrooms grandly around me in the style of the times, 1975. We are young, happy. Today, I am older than my mother was when that picture was taken.

Coping Skills: Explaining the Loss of a Pet to a Child

Kristen Houghton | Posted 09.14.2013 | Parents
Kristen Houghton

Sometimes it falls to us as adults to help a child deal with the passing of a beloved four-footed family member. When that happens we need to be very careful in our explanations.

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.

The Impossible Paradox of Life and Death

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Z. Cohen

At the highest metaphysical level, my teacher was right: It takes no effort to be free. But interestingly enough, this spiritual freedom is of little help to me now as I face one of the most challenging decisions of my life. As life is so full of paradox, so is enlightenment.

Remembering Tango

Pam Townsend | Posted 07.01.2013 | DC
Pam Townsend

Today would have been Tango's 14th birthday. I'd hoped to be celebrating; instead, I'm mourning his passing three weeks ago and reflecting on his life with us.

A Meditation On Impermanence

MeiMei Fox | Posted 06.06.2013 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

There is a message here about impermanence. While I've heard it many times before, somehow every time an unexpected event happens or I receive unwelcome news, I have to learn the lesson all over again. We are not in control of so many things.

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.

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.

Remembering Big Guy

Jennifer Basye Sander | Posted 11.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Basye Sander

When I was 26 I had the perfect boyfriend. Big, strong, loving, caring, attentive, and always around. Happy to curl up on the bed next to me while I read a book. Okay, so he was an Airedale, is there something wrong with that? No downside at all as far as I was concerned.

On the Loss of a Furry Loved One

Jenna Henry Hansen | Posted 11.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Jenna Henry Hansen

I never wanted the responsibility of children, yet this min pin taught me much about being responsible and accountable, and I learned how to give and receive absolute unconditional love. Certainly, I underestimated the impact her presence would have on my life.

Coping With the Death of Your Pet

Robert Tornambe, M.D. | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Tornambe, M.D.

Grief can be a confusing experience for children. The death of a pet is often the first time children are subjected to such sorrow.

A Little Dog, A Whole Lot to Worry About

Ken White | Posted 08.06.2012 | San Francisco
Ken White

A whole lot of worry as I dropped off Frida, a member of my family, at the veterinarian's office on my way into work yesterday morning.

Why Is Death So Shocking?

Judith Acosta, LISW, CCH | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta, LISW, CCH

I have been told by very wise people that I have to make friends with Death. I believe they are right. But I have not yet been able.