Pet Loss Library

Our Pet Loss Library features articles written by grief professionals that will address many of the questions you may have when dealing with the loss of a pet. It also contains articles and stories from others who have experienced a similar loss.

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Pet Loss Articles

When an animal loved one dies

by Katie Boland In the summer of 1997, my entire pet family left for heaven. The first to go was nine-year-old Rosie, the Brittany I had rescued some five years earlier. She had eaten raw sewage when the pipes had backed up and burst, and she was so ill, I had to put...

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by Linda J. Austin Most people think that caregivers take care of people. That's not always the case. I was almost asleep Tuesday night when I heard an unfamiliar sound. I thought perhaps it was the cat or a squirrel in the barn. The scraping, bumping continued. I...

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Stories About Pet Loss

The day I lost a good friend

By Skozak665 It's hard for me to even type at this moment. Where do I begin? Up until two days ago, I had a pet bunny. His name was Bamajama, he was the sweetest, kindest, most loving animal in the world. I got up Monday morning, late as usual for work. I walked in...

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Love for Lizzie

By Lynne My cat Lizzie was a truly unique cat. She acted like a dog, in that she ran to you if you called, she followed you or strangers down the sidewalk, visited the neighbors, she followed commands, and jumped from the ground into my arms. She was very vocal, and...

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Ask the Experts

Who gets custody of the pets?

by Kitty Walker, LMSW-ACP Dear Kitty, My boyfriend and I have two Pugs; Angus & Ryker. We adopted them jointly 2 years ago. Recently, my boyfriend and I have not been getting along. I know we won't be staying together much longer. I know there is a good chance...

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When will grief end?

by Kitty Walker, LMSW-ACP Dear Kitty, On January 1, 2001, I had to take my best friend of 15+ years for the last ride of her precious life. Making the decision to put her to sleep was the HARDEST thing I've ever had to do. I am a Paramedic Firefighter and I'm around...

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