Getting a New Pet

Getting a New Pet

by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed. When your pet dies, how soon should you get a new one? Until recently, the standard answer has been “right away!” That may not always be the best advice, however: Obtaining a new pet before you have had time to …Read More

Helping Children Cope with Pet Loss

Helping Children Cope

by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed. Pets and children seem to just naturally go together. Researchers who study child behavior and development have come up with a number of complicated explanations for the reasons children and pets mesh so beautifully. They speak of the numerous benefits …Read More

Pets Go to Heaven

Do Pets Go to Heaven?

by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed. Sooner or later, any discussion of pet loss comes around to this question. You may have asked it yourself—or, perhaps, you may have wondered how to answer when your child asks it of you. Lengthy articles have been written on …Read More

Pet Loss

The Emotions of Pet Loss

by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed. It was the most tragic, traumatic, and emotionally devastating experience I had ever been through. I didn’t know what to do. I cried day and night.” (Dorothy R., Alabama) “I felt like someone had ripped out my insides.” (Karen A., …Read More

Surviving Pet Loss

The Moment After: Surviving Pet Loss

by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed. The world has just ended. Your pet—your friend, your confidante, the companion who was always there for you—has died. Dog, cat, horse, bird, hamster, ferret—species doesn’t matter. Age doesn’t matter. All that matters is the huge hole that has just …Read More