The DoveLewis Pet Loss Blog

Celebrating 30 Years of Pet Loss Support

Enid Traisman, certified grief counselor & Director of the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program, shares her insight to help others navigate the grief of losing a beloved pet. Grieving for a loved pet is a natural, normal and personal process. Because they touched our lives so deeply they are deserving of our grief. Learn tips and tools for healing.


Orange: A Pet Loss Story


The following pet loss story was shared with DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Director Enid Traisman from Sara Inskeep.
Please feel free to submit your own pet loss story here

On May 26th, 2011 I walked through the front door. I was greeted by one of the CVT and she took me to the back of the clinic to get started on treating the hospitalized patients. I was asked to go get the squawking cat out of his kennel. He was a diabetic and needed to have his glucose checked before we could feed him.
I entered the kennel room and walked up to his run. He looked up at me and our eyes locked. I... Read More >

02/08/16 | 2 Comments | Post a Comment | Viewed 101 times.


Sammy: A Pet Loss Story


The following pet loss story was shared with DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Director Enid Traisman from Calla Rose Wilson-Traisman.
Please feel free to submit your own pet loss story here

For Sammy
January 3, 2016

I remember the day I learned Samson would come into our lives. Five years ago, while living in New York City, I received an email from my mother with a photo of a Great Pyrenees and the subject line “Here he is! Isn’t he beautiful?” He was our newest family member, a shelter dog who had initially been adopted and then returned because he growled at the husband of his... Read More >

01/05/16 | 1 Comment | Post a Comment | Viewed 226 times.


Celebrating the Holidays Without Your Companion Animal

“Happy holidays!” That’s the greeting we hear often during this time of year. But if you are grieving the loss of your pet, you may be feeling some apprehension. After all, how does one celebrate the holidays when a loved one is so sorely missed?

Normal questions you may be asking yourself include: How can I make it through all the events of the holidays while missing so desperately the one I love? Would I be better off to ignore the holidays this year? Should I act as if everything is normal? Should I make major changes in my holiday rituals?

As explored in a Pet Talk article on... Read More >

12/09/15 | 3 Comments | Post a Comment | Viewed 29882 times.


CARDINAL: A pet loss story


The following pet loss poem was shared with DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Director Enid Traisman from Elaine Tan.
Please feel free to submit your own pet loss story here

A TRIBUTE TO
MY CARDINAL - A GENTLE GIANT
An old soul
Regal ...lion-like…..handsome…..strong….wise Affectionate…...cuddly…...loving…...sweet…..gentle Tolerant…..trusting…...generous…and loyal
My baby boy, my love, my life force, my sunshine, my rainbow, my oxygen, My best friend ever, my companion, my light on a dark journey
You brought me more joy and love than anyone ever has in all of my life You made me smile when... Read More >

11/24/15 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment | Viewed 253 times.


Woogie: A pet loss story


The following pet loss story was sent to DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Director Enid Traisman from Gary Ogan.
Please feel free to submit your own pet loss story here.

I was allergic to cats my whole life, until Woogie’s mom came along. Born under my piano on Easter morning 1990, Woogie and I had each other for 20 years. Eight different times he relocated with us, two of those moves cross-country with two cars and six days on the road. Woogie had a full life, and never suffered anything too serious in terms of health issues, sickness, or injury ... until the end. Just days before my... Read More >

10/18/15 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment | Viewed 246 times.