When to say good-bye to your dog
When will I be ready for another dog?
Question: My dog passed 6 months ago and I still can’t think of getting another dog–will I ever be ready? Answer: The first thing that comes to mind is that this question is really second behind another issue that needs to be addressed. “Have you done your mourning work first?” Definitely the first step to […]
How do I determine when it's time to say goodbye to my elderly dog?
Question: When is hospice care a good idea? Answer: Hospice care is the extra help a dog needs to handle incontinence, limited mobility, or other disabilities that impede her quality of life. It allows a dog to enjoy the life that’s left for her by eliminating as much suffering as possible. Hospice is not about […]
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?
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 […]