Last updated on August 8, 2014
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 about. As someone who is heavily ensconced in the pet industry, I know a lot of pet parents. This means I hear of losses on a weekly basis. I am reminded of my own deep pain and forever sadness etched across my heart when I learn of the passing of a precious canine family member.
I tried many things when my last Cocker Spaniel, Brandy Noel, passed away. If you’ve ever loved and lost a precious pet, be sure to check out my “Anatomy of a Grieving Dog Mom” post. The suitcase I carry with me changes in size but never disappears. You’ll understand that more after reading that post.
Here’s what happened when Brandy Noel died: Anatomy of a Grieving Dog Mom
I froze. My entire world felt like it had been ripped from the inside of my chest, arms, legs, head, and every other section of my body. It felt as if my world was then stepped on and I was tossed away. I was lost and in a state of shock.
I completely and utterly was in denial in addition to my shock. I couldn’t sleep in the same bed I shared with her. I couldn’t look at photographs. And I couldn’t breathe. It was overwhelming unlike anything I had ever experienced.
I sought the help of a grief counselor, an online support group, and ultimately and eventually I had to accept —but never ever ever condone—the fact that until I saw her in the next life, my little girl was not coming home.
I wanted the pain to go away because I could not move forward without her. I could not believe despite knowing I was losing my little girl that I was now a forever carrier of this excruciating pain.
How I wish I knew someone like Margot Ahlquist back when my dog died. Margot Ahlquist is the creator of Paws to Talk, which started as an advice blog and has grown into a life coaching business. I found out in recent months about Margot’s “How to Cope with the Loss Of Your Dog in 21 Days” journey and kit.
The program comes with a workbook, daily healing exercises available through audio activation online, and a unisex bracelet with a matching memorial dog tag.
No, it does not take 21 days to heal and “get over” the loss of a dog. In fact, to this day I am not over the loss and I never will be. Any dog I share my life with becomes a part of me, and if you feel this way about your dog(s), you are a tried and true dog parent. Margot’s journey kit is designed to help you cope and have a soft place to fall when the loss of your best friend happens.
Because I know so many folks who have pets and who have or will experience loss, this is something I feel very passionate in sharing.
The journey kit is beautifully packed, and perhaps you know someone, even yourself, who would benefit from the program.
We are giving away one Paws to Talk Journey Kit and all you need to do is reply in the comments below with the name of a dog you love, past or present.
On Saturday, we’ll randomly select the name of a person and have a kit mailed out to you by Margot. U.S. and Canada eligible. Official rules here.
CONTEST IS CLOSED AND THE WINNER IS CATHY BENNETT.
Fidose of Reality staff and their families are not eligible to win. One entry per person, please.
You can learn more about the kit and order one here, as well: http://pawstotalk.com/product/paws-side-cope-loss-dog-21-days/
This is not an easy topic to approach, but one that we hold near and dear to our hearts.
Here are dozens of pet bloggers who, no doubt, share a bond with their pets. Check them out for this blog hop:
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