Should I Have A Memorial Service For My Dog?
My best friend--a terrier--has just died and I want to have a memorial service for her. Is this weird?
Our First Big Loss: Helping Children Through The Grieving Process And Loss Of A Pet
The death of a pet is the first loss that many of us can remember. That's why you so often see the online security question, "What was the name of your first pet?"
The Beginning of Your Grief Journey: Anticipatory Grief
You have been given some devastating news that the end-of-life walk with your precious love is here. How are you going to walk through this? What next?
The Day You Heard The News: Saying Goodbye To A Friend
It was only yesterday that you brought home this happy little puppy. Now you sit there, hearing for the first time the devastating news that these are his last days.
Do pets feel grief over the loss of a loved one?
This article courtesy of petinsurance-101.com. It’s a documented fact that pets experience grief when they lose a loved one. Many pet owners will corroborate this. Regardless of whether it is a cat losing a kitten or missing a deceased pet friend; the distress signs are there for all to see. Pets have a deep significance […]
Love Is in the Hair
by Tiffany Keeth, FIDOfriendly.com Is romantic love unique only to humans? It is widely agreed upon that love in humans is largely a derivative of chemical interactions, including but not limited to testosterone, dopamine, epinephrine and serotonin. Still, love cannot possibly be defined only by a series of chemical reactions, can it? According to Joyce […]
Dog Grief and Sorrow
Coping with the loss of your dog or puppy
Dealing with the loss of a beloved companion
When you bring that bouncing bundle of energy known as a puppy into your home, you’ve made an enormous commitment. For the next ten or more years, this charming creature will look to you for food, shelter, exercise, health care, and companionship. In return, he will give you the greatest gift imaginable: true, steadfast, unconditional […]
The morning of January 20, 2010, rain pummeled the entire Bay Area. The commute to work proved little more than a drippy, sloppy race for shelter. I was standing in the lobby of our office building, shaking out my umbrella, when Paul stepped off the elevator. “One of my dogs got loose,” he said matter-of-factly. […]
Grieving turns to giving as a family loses a pet
Q/A with Mike and Tricia Smith, hosts of Thursday Night Suppers. What is Thursday Night Suppers? After Molly died, Mike and I were devastated. We thought we’d never get through our grief. Coming home to an empty apartment was unbearable. One night we were talking about Molly and the things she loved most: food, parties […]
When will I get over my loss?
I had a memorial service for my dog, but I still feel devastated by the loss. What can I do?
How do I determine when it's time to say goodbye to my elderly dog?
Loss of pet and grief
My dog was diagnosed with cancer and died several months later. I'm devastated. How can I cope with this grief?
Say goodbye to my dog?
It's time to put my dog, Bingo, to sleep. I don't know how to say goodbye to my best friend. How do I let him go?
When is it time for euthanasia?
My dog is getting on in years. She's got arthritis and a heart murmur. I love her and I'm going to miss her, and I'm not sure if I'm holding onto her for my benefit or hers. How do I tell when it's time for my dog to be put to sleep?
His sister, Ella, passed two weeks ago and he's never been without another dog in the house. Is it too early?
The gift of hospice care
Most dog owners will find themselves faced with the agonizing task of asking themselves which is more important–the quality of their dog’s life or the quantity. These situations arise when your dog is facing a terminal illness, or is in the end stages of illnesses such as kidney failure, cancer, or neurological diseases. Sometimes the […]
Grief and acceptance of loss
We bring our dogs into our lives and homes, and cherish and love them. We spend hours talking to them, making them the non-judgmental repository of all our secret hopes and fears. We trust them implicitly and they never let us down. What more could we possibly want? More time with them is the first […]