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?
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 […]