Guest Post: Helping Children Grieve a Pet’s Death

How you do talk to a child about pet loss? I’m privileged today to share a guest post by Betty Carmack on this topic. She is both a pet counselor and the author of the book Grieving the Death of a Pet, which means she is well-qualified to talk about how to best support young people who lose their furry companion. Helping Children Grieve a Pet’s Death By Betty J. Carmack, R.N., Ed.D. In a recent conversation with a friend, she recounted her experience, as a seven-year old, of her cat, Tippy, dying because of an automobile accident. Her description was … Continue reading Guest Post: Helping Children Grieve a Pet’s Death

Review: Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack

Years ago, I bought Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack because the topic interested me. When I lost my cat of eight years, I picked it up again to once again find comfort in it. The first few weeks after Lucy’s death, the personal stories of owners who had also suffered loss filled me with such uncontrollable grief that I had to put the book back on my shelf. Eventually though, I was finally able to read Grieving the Death of a Pet in its entirety. In the chapter about love, Carmack addresses the bond that develops between owner … Continue reading Review: Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack

Cinder’s Advice: How Do I Teach My Cat to Use a Scratching Post?

In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell cat from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column. QUESTION: How do you introduce a new cat to a resident dog? “Cinder, look what we brought you!” Allison exclaimed, entering the spare room where I was resting on the window ledge. Andy placed a post covered in rough material on the carpeted floor. I sat up and stared at the new object, uncertain why it should interest me. Then because they said … Continue reading Cinder’s Advice: How Do I Teach My Cat to Use a Scratching Post?

Thank You Baby

May is a bittersweet month for Rochelle. Thirteen years ago, on May 7, she adopted a shelter dog named Baby. “She was a cute little chiweenie,” Rochelle said, “and I couldn’t have asked for a better friend through the hard times.” By hard times, Rochelle is referring to her years in an abusive relationship. Baby brought laughter and happiness into Rochelle’s otherwise unhappy life. Rochelle giggled as she recalled, “One day Baby jumped into a police car to say hello to the cops. I was embarrassed, but they laughed and gave her love.” Rochelle also has a favorite memory involving … Continue reading Thank You Baby