As pets fill our human need for unconditional love, we exalt their life, and at death, our grief is intense. Know that you are not alone with your grief and that each of us needs to share stories of our pets. Though we cannot bring back our loved ones, by sharing stories we uplift one another, while helping us through our grieving.
I could have a lifetime wish and dreams that could come true,
would pray to God, with all my heart for yesterday and you.
thousand prayers can't bring you back. I know because I've tried,
neither will a million tears. I know because I've cried.
left behind my broken heart and happy memories too,
But I never wanted memories. I only wanted you.
a service dog for a lady with MS.
was trained to pull the wheel chair,
on the floor and not move to keep her company
she fell and could not get up and just be a great pet.
Gail Cox was his owner
Just a Dog!
time to time, people tell say, "lighten up, it's just a
a lot of money for just a dog" They don't understand the
traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a
of our proudest moments have come about with "just a dog."
hours have passed and our only company was "just a dog",
not once we feel slighted. Some of our saddest moments have been
about by "just a dog", and in those days of darkness, the
touch of "just a dog" gave us comfort and reason to
If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend,"
a sunrise," or "just a promise."
a dog" brings into our life the very essence of friendship,
trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the
compassion and patience that make us a better person.
of "just a dog" we will rise early, take long walks and
for us, and folks like us, it's not "just a dog" but an
embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the memories
of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. "Just a dog"
brings out what's good in us and diverts our thoughts away from
ourselves, and the worries of the day.
hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a
the thing that gives us humanity and keeps us from being "just
So the next time you hear the phrase, "just a dog" just
because they "just don't understand."
When A Pet Dies, by Fred Rogers, A Mister Roger's Neighborhood picture book 1988In this useful book from the First Experience series, the affable star of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood helps children share feelings of the loss of a pet while offering reassurance that grieving is a natural, healing thing to do. A sensitive and sensible first book about death.
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, by Judith Viorst, Aladdin Books 1999
For kids and adults who have ever lost a pet. This book, although the main character is a cat, stands as the all time favorite for elementary-aged kids. Add this book to your library! Ages 9-12.
Always Love You, by Frans Wilhellm,
Dragonfly Books; (December 12, 1988)