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Pet Death

A Letter to My Cat, Who Died This Morning

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 08.02.2014 | Green
Joel Schwartzberg

When I came home, you ran to greet me. You sat behind my head when I was on the couch, and pressed your warm stomach against my neck. Often you licked my face with your sandpapery tongue like you were trying to scrape away stress.

The Ambassador's Cat

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

When it came to being able to conjure a compromise, Tatou was an Ambassador himself.

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.

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.

Remembering Daddy

Cesar Millan | Posted 04.27.2013 | Green
Cesar Millan

Three years can be a very long time and a very short time. It seems like only yesterday that Daddy was with me. It seems like a hundred years that he's been gone. And yet, he is here with me, every day.

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.

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.

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?

Annie Happened to Me

Liz Keller | Posted 01.28.2013 | Good News
Liz Keller

The vet left me alone in the room with Annie and I asked her, "Are you ready to go?" She kissed me as I spoke. She was tired. She lay in my arms, kissing my face so gently.

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.

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.

5 Tips For Surviving The Loss Of A Pet

Posted 09.09.2012 | Green

From Vetstreet's Dr. Marty Becker: After more than 30 years as a practicing veterinarian, and many, many personal losses, I’ve learned some strat...

New Fish and New Beginnings

Jamison Doran | Posted 10.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Jamison Doran

Perhaps it was the fish, or maybe it just goes with the territory of moving, but I found myself reminiscing on past big events and the bettas who went along with them.

A True Foo Dog From Colorado to the Coast of Maine -- Maitai Queen of Hearts

Anne Butterfield | Posted 09.19.2012 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

Perhaps a few times you've met a soul in fur and paws who draws you close with tractor beams right off -- but you don't often get to take her home.

Knowing When It's the Right Time to Say Goodbye

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 08.21.2012 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Pet ownership has numerous responsibilities. You need to feed, play and medically care for them, and finally know when it's the time to say goodbye -- which is the highest honor that we have bestowed on ourselves as their caretaker.

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.

Why Is Death So Shocking?

Judith Acosta | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

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.

Nestle Purina Under Fire For Treats Linked With Dog Deaths

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 04.05.2012 | Home

When Terry Safranek's nine-year-old fox terrier became violently ill after consuming Nestle Purina PetCare Co. jerky and died in mid-January, she laun...

I Still Grieve for My Cat -- And I'm Not Ashamed

Mary K. Moore | Posted 04.22.2012 | Women
Mary K. Moore

Grieving for a cat is a tricky proposition. Especially if you're a woman. By just owning one, you're a potential punchline and crying over one is viewed as more Cathy than cathartic.

A Dog's Gentle Death

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 03.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

As intentional and gracious as she was in living, so she was in dying. Instead of going off to a hiding place in the woods, Sugar let us witness, share and learn from the natural ending to a life complete. That's how generous was her big, big heart.

Saying Goodbye to a Good Dog

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.15.2014 | Parents
Holly Robinson

A dog isn't just a dog, but a carrier of family history. Saying goodbye to a dog you've had for years means shutting the door on an era.

He Was Only A Cat

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.07.2011 | Healthy Living
Rick Horowitz

I'm way too old for this. Nobody gets his first pet in his sixth decade. Then again, I'd always known pretty much everything I needed to know about w...