The DoveLewis Pet Loss Blog

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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.


Harry: A Pet Loss Story


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

Today would’ve been Harry’s tenth birthday, but we lost him exactly four weeks ago. He was a Border Terrier, rare in the U.S. But from the area in Scotland where my family lives, so I named him after my elderly cousin Harry. He was a one in a million dog; smart, intelligent, loving and a no nonsense Scot. We got him at eight weeks, the breeder living only a mile from us, so serendipitous. He was a piece that completed... Read More >

08/26/15 | 1 Comment | Post a Comment | Viewed 64 times.


A Comfort Room Experience

I received a letter earlier this week from Becky Jarvis after her experience using our comfort room last weekend. Becky’s letter describes beautifully all the care and thought that goes into every euthanasia performed for beloved pets at our hospital. 

In Becky’s words:
“This is a story about compassion and empathy and gentle caring that we received last night at DoveLewis Emergency Animal hospital. The tears were flowing down our faces as we walked into the clinic with Kris in the cat carrier box. My young sons and I went up to the counter to check-in and told the receptionist that... Read More >

08/17/15 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment | Viewed 1462 times.


Anastasia: A Pet Loss Story


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

Seventeen years ago, beautiful Anastasia was surrendered to Dove Lewis; she was in bad shape. But,

before she went off to the shelter, away from our sanctuary, I fostered her. She recovered well, and

grew up well — her behavior, was that of a true cat.

Self-perpetuating …

• Always wanting fresh water, even if the bowl was fresh, she’d go and sit on
the tub’s rim, and wait for her cup of water... Read More >

07/06/15 | 1 Comment | Post a Comment | Viewed 142 times.


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 >

05/04/15 | 3 Comments | Post a Comment | Viewed 232 times.


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
days,
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 >

02/27/15 | 1 Comment | Post a Comment | Viewed 290 times.