Interview with Pet Counselor, Betty Carmack

Anyone who is a pet owner will at some point experience grief. Earlier this week, I posted a review of Grieving the Death of a Pet and a guest post by the author. Betty Carmack also graciously took time for an interview about pet loss.
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Review: Grieving the Loss 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 recently 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. Now, two months later, I’ve finally been able to read Grieving the Death of a Pet in its entirety. In the chapter about love, Carmack addresses the … Continue reading Review: Grieving the Loss of a Pet by Betty Carmack

September 10: National Pet Memorial Day

Throughout history, pets have been loyal companions. In recent times, pets have also come to be viewed as friends, family members, and even “kids”. National Pet Memorial Day offers an opportunity for pet owners to honor beloved pets who are gone but never forgotten. Celebrated on the second Sunday in September, this special event was established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAOPCC). National Pet Memorial Day is now celebrated by hundreds of people across the United States. According to National Day Calendar, one idea that is becoming a popular tradition is to plant a tree or … Continue reading September 10: National Pet Memorial Day

Stumbling Through Pet Loss

Grief. Anyone who has lost a loved one, whether animal or human, is familiar with the emotion. And yet grief is not predictable. In my life I have lost five dogs, three guinea pigs, and one cat. Sometimes my grief led to guilt, other times to intense loneliness, and sometimes it even led to inspiration. My earliest experience with pet loss came in primary school. My dad and I lived in a basement apartment with Puff, our aging Samoyed. Puff struggled often with urinary issues. And stairs. As such, life was not good for Puff. The heartbreaking decision was made … Continue reading Stumbling Through Pet Loss

Pet Support Groups

Ever since getting my first pet in Nebraska, back in 2001, I have belonged to online pet support groups. Initially, they served a source of information for pet care. They also encouraged me to try new products and activities. Over time, they’re also become a lifeline when dealing with illness and grief. In this article, I’ll share my experiences with groups for guinea pigs, cats, and dogs. GUINEA PIG SUPPORT GROUPS The first pet I got after moving to Lincoln was a guinea pig. Having been previously a dog owner only, I knew nothing about how to care for guinea … Continue reading Pet Support Groups

August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day was founded by a fellow pet blogger, Deborah Barnes. The author of Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles, Deb created this special day in tribute to her Ragdoll cat, Mr. Jazz, whom she said goodbye to on August 28, 2013. Upon receiving overwhelming support for her book about his death (Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond), Deb decided to create the day in his honor as a way for others to share memories of their own departed pets. Rainbow Bridge carries on an ancient tradition of memorializing our beloved … Continue reading August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

World Pet Memorial Day

Held each second Sunday in June, World Pet Memorial Day is a time to remember the pets that were once part of our lives and to celebrate the bond we held with them. Pets bring us many benefits: they can improve our mood, relieve our stress, and provide comfort in time of need. For many of us, pets become our family, and their loss leaves a forever hole in our hearts. If you’re struggling with grief, you’ll find resources near the end of this post to help. I and other pet owners have given various types of tribute to pets … Continue reading World Pet Memorial Day

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 Continue reading Guest Post: Helping Children Grieve a Pet’s Death

Review of Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss by Russell Friedman

Losing a pet can be emotionally hard. In my lifetime, I have lost six dogs, three guinea pigs, and one cat. As a result, I’ve found myself benefiting more and more from books about the grieving process. This spring, in the aftermath of my husband and I saying goodbye to our adopted silky terrier, my dad borrowed a library book for me called Self-Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss by Russell Friedman, Cole James, and John James. Continue reading Review of Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss by Russell Friedman