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Pet Loss

It's Just a Dog

Whitney Fleming | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Whitney Fleming

I know most people don't mean harm when they say "it's just a dog." But I have to feel these people are missing out on a lot of beautiful things in life, like just another sunset, just another first snow or just another friend.

Daily Meditation: Losing A Pet

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

So, Your Dog Died? Write a Book About It!

Russ Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Russ Ryan

Although each pet owner had his or her own poignant story to tell, the overall message was clear: You are not alone. There are lots of us who have been devastated by the loss of a hairy loved one.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Farewell, Sweet Creature

Logan Lynn | Posted 07.30.2012 | Green
Logan Lynn

My beloved teacup Pomeranian friend Dutch passed away this weekend and I wasn't there for it. The truth is, he was old and fragile. But his passing is still shocking and sudden and seemingly avoidable.

What You Need To Know About Losing A Pet

Posted 03.26.2012 | Healthy Living

By Vetstreet Grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a cat or dog. It's hard to know how to cope with losing a four-legged member of your family...

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.

When Parenting Your Adult Child Is Like Parenting Yourself: A Story

Lori Day | Posted 02.07.2012 | Parents
Lori Day

Nameless and Soulless in Paradise When my daughter Charlotte went off to college, suddenly and abruptly petless, it did not take long before she det...

Reflections on Losing a Beloved Pet -- Goodbye Old Friend

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lamond Simone

For 12 years this dog was at my side, through good times and bad, through dating, marriage, kids. He watched me grow up -- was living proof that I was capable of taking care of something other than myself.

Strange Love

Suz Redfearn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Suz Redfearn

I emerged from the vet clinic toting the big pet carrier. In it was my cat Habbib. At age 19, he had just been pronounced blind, likely from his lymph...