Losing a Pet: Lucy's Last Day and How I Told the Children

I decided I needed to have a conversation with my twins about our dog Lucy's death the day before we had her put down.I honestly didn't know what to say, how to approach it. I decided that the best thing to do was to be completely honest with them. I told them that Lucy is very sick. Riley said we need to take her to the doggie doctor for medicine. I told her that the doctor can't help her this time. Sometimes doggies get so sick that they can't be fixed. ...more
I'm sorry. I know how hard this is. :-(more

Cross Post: It's Complicated - Losing a Pet Part 2

Yesterday, I talked about pet loss and how people view pets as family, which often leads them to an intense grief experience if a pet is lost. Today, I will talk about a few circumstances that feed into complications of grief through pet loss. First, the idea of “pet loss” is not socially accepted. I read somewhere that there are no pet bereavement days at work....more
dogs are great teachers. a dog show taught me about unconditional love. i thought back to how ...more


I started running again yesterday.  I don’t know how long it will last, but it was what I needed to do yesterday. I am still dealing with the loss of Oscar.  And it’s still hard.  Someone said recently, “I don’t understand he was only a pet”.  I will not get into that now.  All I will say is that I felt bad for this person because they have never had the true bond that happens when an animal becomes so much more then “just a pet”....more

Life After Loss: Getting a New Pet

Getting a new pet after losing a beloved animal companion can be very difficult for many pet parents.   Some are able to get a new pet within days of losing the old pet, others may take months and sometimes even years, or never get another pet again.  This is not a decision that anyone els...more

I agree that while adopting a new pet after another beloved one has died can be tricky to time, ...more