The DoveLewis Pet Loss Blog
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.
I Love my House Call, Mobile Veterinarian
I feel so lucky that I have an amazing veterinarian who comes to my house! Dr. Louise Mesher, DVM, owner of At Home Veterinary Services provides excellent day-to-day veterinary care for my diverse pack of five. Of course, for any emergency or critical care medical needs, my brood would be taken to DoveLewis. For their non-emergent medical needs—more of the preventive medicine and wellness care—Dr. Mesher is an incredible and compassionate resource.
There are so many benefits to having Dr. Mesher and her technician come to my house for all of my animal companions medical care;
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A Photo Treasury of Memorials
These fused glass wind chimes were lovingly created and photographed by Phyllis Solow... Read More >
Dear Enid: I Struggle to Go On
I lost my beloved dog months ago. It’s hard to explain to anyone that didn’t know us together, but she was my everything—she was my every thought, my every breath, my every smile. I feel like my entire world is gone. I know that sounds pretty dramatic and ridiculous, but without her it has felt like a struggle to exist. I’ve tried to do everything right to grieve properly. I’ve read so many books. None of it has helped. I am trying so hard to focus on all the good times we had, but my heart aches unbearably. Everything I did was to see her happy and that made me happy. I... Read More >
Dear Enid: Question Regarding our Young Daughter and our Terminally Ill Dog
I’ve read all through your blog and links pages—so helpful. Our beloved 9-year-old Lab, Sophia has just been diagnosed with a lung tumor and given a six month prognosis—this after being a very healthy dog from a non-smoking family. We have a 5-year-old daughter, Jane who adores our dog. Right now, we are telling our daughter that Sophia doesn’t feel well and are leaving it at that. My husband and I are obviously very upset and trying to keep our daughter’s life as normal as possible. We have a home-service euthanasia vet all set up to come to our house when the time... Read More >
A Most Spectacular Tree
I regularly walk my dogs around Laurelhurst Park. It is a beautiful neighborhood park with huge old-growth trees, a variety of native trees, plants and flowers. There is a pond with ducks, turtles and the occasional blue heron. There are paths that wind around and within, up and down. Each season boasts its own unique beauty highlighted by the abundant flora and fauna. It is an awesome park.
I am quite familiar with all the paths in this park as well as some hidden beauty—specifically, the magic tree of honor. This tree is located on the north side of the park that runs horizontal to... Read More >