By Coleen Ellis Do you cry, too, when you see commercials like Subaru’s? You know the one, a commercial for a car that’s all about a guy, his 14 ¾ year-old dog, and a bucket list. Oh my! In fact, I just watched it again for the sake of this article, and bawled my eyes..
By Nadia Barkett Ever since I was a little girl we always shared our home with animals. I grew up in the Caribbean, so that basically meant we always had a dog, a few chickens, the occasional goat and some cats. When we relocated to Canada, the first pet I had was a chicken…shortly after..
By Coleen Ellis When a beloved pet dies, the emotions of a grieving pet parent are all over the freaking board. Then add those people who either don’t get the grief we feel or those who just don’t care. Whatever it is, things are said that add to our emotional and physical distress. I thought..
By Christine Perry I lost my magnificent, Harley Kenneth, 3 years ago this Saturday. He was with me for 17 years – through so many changes, adventures, heartaches, and triumphs. He was always ready to snuggle but he’d hiss at his sister Lilli and sometimes even attempt to beat humans to death with his tail..
By Bethany Nadolski On October 24, 2015 I lost my horse, Oliver. He was my best friend, my soulmate, and even my therapist at times. Now, Oliver is my angel. He taught me everything about life and love, he made me laugh when I wanted to cry, and he had a way of making a..
By Coleen Ellis This morning I was thinking of some of the most overwhelming emotions of pet loss and grief. Some of the most overwhelming, coupled with the most surprising. Then I remembered poop. Yes, poop. It’s been a few years ago as I was helping a grieving pet Daddy with the loss of his..
By Coleen Ellis We can ignore it, we can hate it, and we can say it won’t happen, but the death of a beloved pet is a “when” event versus an “if” event. Not talking about it, vehemently hating it, and denying it will certainly not make it go away. As tough as it might..
By Coleen Ellis I absolutely love talking with families about capturing thoughts for permanent engravings on epitaphs for remembering a beloved pet. Asking pet parents about what they will remember most about their pet or the life they shared together, and to answer with what’s on top of their mind, is heartwarming. To dial in..
When I see a skateboard, I see a dog named Meatball and a family with one final request. What’s your pet’s favorite toy? Does she carry her worn, purple stuffed elephant from room to room? Does he take his rope toy with him on all his walks? Or maybe it’s the blanket that followed him..
By Coleen Ellis If you’re taking the time to read this, then I’m going to assume you are one of the “good pet parents.” You know what you look like…. you do all you can for your precious pet(s). Good food, good health care, supplements, only the best treats, a good comfy bed, play time,..