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What to Say (& Not Say) to Someone Who Lost a Pet

As too many of us know, the death of a pet is devastating. Our pets are more than just animals; they are integral parts of our families, they are our confidants, our best friends, and our biggest fans…

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What My Ali Cat Taught Me About Loss and Grief

When I finally euthanized my beloved cat, Ali, a knife slashed my heart. I'm not much of a crier, but when I said goodbye and handed Ali over to the vet, my face collapsed into a full-out bawl. My …

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Mourning a Pet’s Death & Celebrating Their Life

As an emergency critical care specialist, I end up euthanizing a lot of dogs and cats in the ER and ICU. If I had to guess, approximately 30 percent of my patients end up being humanely "put to slee…

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Surviving Pet Loss

By Lisa Spector, Juilliard Graduate, Canine Music Expert and co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear. In the acknowledgments for Calm your Canine Companion Vol. 1, I wrote ... "In memory of my beloved s…

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Jimmy Stewart’s Poem About Dog Love and Loss (Video)

In 1981, the actor Jimmy Stewart appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where he read a poem he'd written about his late dog Beau. The poem starts out humorous, but turns touching --…

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Using Music to Heal Pet Loss – Book & Album Giveaway!

We are giving away a copy of For the Sender: Four Letters, Twelve Songs, One Story, a book/album package by Alex Woodard. For the Sender is "a story of how [Woodard] came to accept and understand his …

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Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Cat or Dog

"When one watches a loved one depart from the shore, another welcomes them on the opposite shore." --Celeste Yarnall The loss of a cat or dog can be an agonizing experience. To most animal lovers, …

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