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Death of a Pet

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Jana Lee Frazier | Posted 03.28.2014 | 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.

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.

I Turned My Dog Into a Knickknack

JJ Keith | Posted 08.19.2012 | Healthy Living
JJ Keith

Bernie's cancer went into remission, and he survived to meet my daughter. Then, amazingly, he held on to his remission to meet my son 20 months later. But living that long wasn't easy on him, and it took its toll on us, too.

The Dog Question

Karin Kasdin | Posted 08.11.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

Murphy the Portuguese Waterdog was my Marley, my Lassie and my Toto, except for one small thing. He wasn't a very good dog. Our nuclear family adored "The Murph," but outside of our home he wasn't about to win any Mr. Congeniality contests.

Do Our Pets Go To Heaven? Metaphysics Of Animal Souls And The Afterlife

Pythia Peay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pythia Peay

In search of insight, I turned to Ptolemy Tompkins' new book, "The Divine Life of Animals: One Man's Quest to Discover Whether the Souls of Animals Live On."

Dealing With The Death Of A Pet

divinecaroline.com | Vicki Santillano | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Some people feel silly for being so struck by their dog or cat's death, but to deny such sadness and pain is to deny the importance of these dear frie...