Anatomy of a Dog with Irritable Bowel Disease: Final Chapter

These are the final pages of the diary of this dog mom who stood in a state of shock, disbelief, and numbing silence as my Cocker Spaniel of nearly 15 years was ushered out of her body. This is the final blog post in this 5-part series about having a dog with irritable bowel disease (IBD). I look back over pages and pages of notes. I read through the dated entries in a log … [Read more...]

How to Stop Dog Grief

The worst part of being a dog parent is knowing you will more than likely outlive your dog. There is no magic way to stop dog grief and if you are a pet parent reading this who has lost a dog, it is with great sadness yet openness that I welcome you to this article. “Carol, you seem so self-assured and were able to get past the loss of your dog. How did you do it?” That … [Read more...]

What Dog Parents Really Need When a Dog Dies

The passing of a beloved dog is one of the most harrowing and upsetting losses a dog parent will ever experience: This I know from first-hand knowledge.  There are things dog parents really need when a dog dies: Compassion, love, and someone to truly understand and be there for them. The death of a dog is something we all will face and yet it is a topic I dread writing … [Read more...]

Everlasting Memories Created by a Dog’s Love

It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are. - Anonymous Anonymous really knew his or her stuff. He or she probably knows a thing or two … [Read more...]

Spot of Sanity: Ode to Shasta Rose

December, 1992, brought a special creature into my life. Shasta Rose was an unsocialized puppy mill Cocker Spaniel from a pet shop. Even at just 16 weeks, this little red beauty was terrified of people. I frequently went into the pet shop to buy supplies for my two cats. Of course, I always had to say hello to the puppies. Because of Lady and the Tramp, I usually gravitated … [Read more...]

Can dogs communicate after they’ve died? A writer’s "rainbow" connection

The greatest miracles in life often come in a form, shape, and a time we least expect them. And if we’re fortunate and perhaps lucky enough, they’ll even appear twice. While driving home from a Fido-friendly vacation in Maine, I decided to stop and visit my friend Arlene, who then lived  in a small town in Connecticut. A bit of a brief background on Arlene: We met around 17 … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Grieving Dog Mom

by: Carol Bryant There’s a hole in my heart where whole used to be. Those were the first words that came to mind when I sat down today to write this piece about grief, the power it spews into one’s life whether we want it or not. The great Emily Dickinson wrote so many passages about death, yet one resonates over and over, “Forever is composed of nows.” It certainly is. Are … [Read more...]