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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.





Yesterday and You

If I could have a lifetime wish and dreams that could come true,

I would pray to God, with all my heart for yesterday and you.

A thousand prayers can't bring you back. I know because I've tried,

And neither will a million tears. I know because I've cried.

You left behind my broken heart and happy memories too,

But I never wanted memories. I only wanted you.



Gemstone's Drummer



Gemstone's Drummer

was a service dog for a lady with MS.

He was trained to pull the wheel chair,

lay on the floor and not move to keep her company

when she fell and could not get up and just be a great pet.

Gail Cox was his owner



Just a Dog!



From time to time, people tell say, "lighten up, it's just a dog," or,

"that's a lot of money for just a dog" They don't understand the

distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a


Some of our proudest moments have come about with "just a dog."

Many hours have passed and our only company was "just a dog", but I

did not once we feel slighted. Some of our saddest moments have been

brought about by "just a dog", and in those days of darkness, the

gentle touch of "just a dog" gave us comfort and reason to overcome

the day.

If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend," 

"just a sunrise," or "just a promise."

"Just 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.

Because of "just a dog" we will rise early, take long walks and look longingly

to the future.

So 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.

We hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a dog"

but the thing that gives us humanity and keeps us from being "just a

man." So the next time you hear the phrase, "just a dog" just smile,

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.



I'll Always Love You, by Frans Wilhellm, Dragonfly Books; (December 12, 1988)
From an Amazon.com reader: As a little girl I read this book when my dog was dying. It truly helped me deal with his death and realize that is okay to be sad. It is a wonderful tool to help children understand death a bit better. Few books since my childhood have made such an impression on me as this one, and it is the only book from my childhood I still keep on my shelf as a college student. In fact, my cat grew very sick of cancer and I read this book again to make myself feel better about the situation. And I have never forgotten to utter Hans Wilhelm's words into my pets' ears. And right before my cat died, I whispered "I will always love you" just as the little boy in the story did. Ages 4-8




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