The Rainbow Bridge poem

  Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run …Read More

Old Pets

Helpful Tips for Senior Pets

Just like people, senior pets need a little extra medical attention and care as they grow older.  Given the right diet, exercise, and veterinary care, senior pets can live long and happy lives. While all pets are different, most cats and dogs are considered to …Read More

Pet Loss

Ten Tips on Coping with Pet Loss

by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed. Anyone who considers a pet a beloved friend, companion, or family member knows the intense pain that accompanies the loss of that friend. Following are some tips on coping with that grief, and with the difficult decisions one faces upon …Read More

Breaking the Power of Guilt

Breaking the Power of Guilt

by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed. If any emotion rules supreme when a pet dies, it is guilt. No matter what the circumstances of our loss, guilt is there, grabbing us by the throat. It haunts our days, ruins our sleep, and tarnishes our memories. Often, …Read More

Old Pets

Defining “Quality of Life”

by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed. Whenever one considers the painful choice of euthanasia, one is always advised to take the pet’s “quality of life” into account. But what is “quality of life”? How can you determine whether a pet is still experiencing a good quality …Read More

Pet Euthanasia

Euthanasia: The Most Painful Decision

by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed. Many think of bereavement as beginning after loss. For many, however, grief can begin much earlier. Often, it begins the day you realize that your pet is approaching the end of its life—even though the final loss of that pet …Read More

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The Final Farewell: How to Handle a Pet’s Remains

by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed. In other articles, I’ve talked about the most painful decision a pet owner ever has to face—the decision about whether, or when, to euthanize a pet. But the death of a pet brings with it yet another difficult decision, and …Read More

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Memorializing a Pet

by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed. In my article on guilt, I talked about the importance of focusing on positive memories of your pet. Remembering the good times that you shared with that pet can help counteract the guilt and grief that come with its loss. …Read More

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