To Grieve an Animal Is Part of Loving Them

The title of this post was spoken by Marilyn Brooks of Battenkill Bookstore as she talked about her thoughts about Jon Katz' new book coming out in September, Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die....more

Pet Deception: Have You Done It?

Pet Deception: Secretly replacing a child’s dead pet without child’s knowledge. A couple months ago we took Nicholas to the pet shop to look at potential small animals. After spending a great deal of time looking at all the gerbils, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits, Nicholas announced the he was certain he wanted goldfish. He even picked out the aquarium he wanted and attempted to lift the box to carry it to the cashier....more

Your Guardian Angel

Dear Delilah,I’ve mentioned the roller coaster that was the few weeks leading up to your birth. Today is the anniversary of one of the lowest points of that ride....more

Pet Death: Part Two

In January, I wrote "Do Cats Go to Heaven?" talking about pet death. Suddenly the Arens household is revisiting this discussion, as we lost eight-year-old Bella the Monster-Eating Cat last week to acute kidney failure. ...more

Our beloved furballs...sigh...they do get so dear to us. My sympathy to you and your family for ...more

Pet Loss: Yes, It Hurts

Days before we won ourselves a shiny new President, my best friend died of liver cancer. Simone was my feline compadre for the past eight years. Of all my pets, we were the most alike - loving but independent, adventurous but domesticated, vain but sloppy. Our favorite hobbies? ...more

I couldnt help crying a little as it brought back memories of my own pet losses. They sure do ...more