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.
Brady: A Pet Loss Story
The following pet loss story was sent to DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Director Enid Traisman from Beth Parrillo.
Please feel free to submit your own pet loss story here.
We got Brady when I was in 7th grade. I remember I begged my parents for a puppy for months and they kept denying me. One night they called me into the room where the computer was and pulled up the picture of a litter of the cutest puppies. There was one staring at me in the picture with a blue string around his neck as a collar and I knew it was meant to be. Fast forward 11 years and Brady had been through... Read More >
Hannah: A Pet Loss Poem
The following pet loss story was sent to DoveLewis Pet Loss SUpport Director Enid Traisman from Ali White. Please feel free to submit your own pet loss story here.
Today, January 15 marks a long somber year,
I’ve been without you and cried so many tears.
I try to think of happier
Oh how I wish you could have stayed.
My heart is broken,
There are still so many words to be spoken.
My little Hannah friend,
You are the most amazing blend !
Dog, daughter and little bird,
Tom boy and princess my little fur!
So many times I’ve felt you near,
Your special visits have softened my... Read More >
Durban: A Pet Loss Story
The following pet loss story was sent to DoveLewis Pet Loss SUpport Director Enid Traisman from Laura Wolf Port. Please feel free to submit your own pet loss story here.
My beloved dog Durban died on December 23 and I am unbelievably devastated. Durban was a border collie basset hound mix- imagine a border collie with adorable short little legs (not a day passed when someone didn’t comment or chuckle at him!). I rescued him 11.5 years ago from a group in Connecticut that would send a truck down to Kentucky every two weeks and load it with dogs to save them from euthanasia. I was 23... Read More >
Ellie Boland: A Pet Loss Story
The following pet loss story was sent to DoveLeewis Pet Loss Support Director Enid Traisman from Mary Beth Boland. Please feel free to submit your own pet loss story here.
May 3, 2002 - November 15, 2014
My best friend is gone. Although I’ve known for a very long time this day would come, these are some of the hardest words I’ve ever had to write.
Ellie was a birthday gift. I was working in a pet store, back before most people knew how bad that was. She arrived on a truck with a bunch of other puppies from Missouri. She was sick and she was terrified and my boss nearly... Read More >
Handling the Holidays
For many of us, the easiest and most rewarding thing in life on earth is to love and be loved by our animal companions. And it is the hardest and most excruciating sadness when we must say goodbye. I know from my experience as a grief counselor, that this sadness will not be with you permanently. Trust me when I assure you that you will heal from your grief. You will also grow from it. But, there are a lot of triggers during the holidays that bring your grief to the surface. Remember, the grief you feel is a reflection of the love you shared, it is a normal, necessary and healthy... Read More >