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.


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 >

09/15/16 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment | Viewed 1205 times.


Who attends group? Should I come?

The people who attend group are the folks who have been lucky enough to experience a very special bond with their companion animal.  They are grief stricken over the loss or anticipated loss of their beloved pet.
The people who attend group are male and female, young, old and every age in between, of every race and sexual orientation. 
The people who attend group have had their pets for 20 years, or less than a year.  Their pet has been diagnosed with cancer or has been euthanized to end the suffering of terminal old age. Their pet may have been hit by a car or attacked by a coyote. ... Read More >

08/16/16 | 2 Comments | Post a Comment | Viewed 5191 times.


World Pet Memorial Day June 12

Take time to share with others the important role that your beloved pets have played, and continue to play in your life. The second Sunday of every month we provide free memorial art therapy sessions - just sign up online here to hold your space.

Creating a lasting tribute can be an effective way to help you cope with grief, allow you to mourn, and provide a loving reminder of your pet in the years to come.

Here are some ways you can memorialize your pet on World Pet Memorial Day: There are many ways to memorialize a pet. Here are a few of the most popular.

Develop a photo tribute.... Read More >

06/11/16 | 1 Comment | Post a Comment | Viewed 311 times.


Bobbi: A Pet Loss Story


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

The Story Of Bobbi
When I was 18 my mom got remarried. I had just moved out to my own rental house on the beach and was ready to start my own life as a new adult. My family came from all over for my mothers wedding, including an aunt from Florida. My aunt brought with her several puppies she had rescued from death. Her neighbor was a backyard breeder and was sure to kill the puppies since they were not... Read More >

04/21/16 | 1 Comment | Post a Comment | Viewed 414 times.


Saturn O: A Pet Loss Story


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

I lost my baby two days ago and vividly remember the details of that day particularly in the hours leading to that drive to the vet’s office when I already knew he will be euthanized. Wrapping him up in his favorite blanky, I walked him around the yard for the last time to show him all his favorite places. We also walked around the house to say bye to the house. He was already so out of it. His paws were icy cold and... Read More >

03/04/16 | 1 Comment | Post a Comment | Viewed 432 times.