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.


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 65 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 173 times.


Skittish; A Pet Loss Story

The following pet loss story was shared with DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Director Enid Traisman from Scott Thomsen.
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she was A main coon cat that was born in my backyard and was sick that had to be taken care of as A special needs pet. I cleaned her up and got her care and after she survived that I kept her in my home for the following thirteen years knowing well that the vet told me it would be A rough time and shorter run for her, in ten or twelve years it would return and someday she would not survive. I loved little peanut... Read More >

02/22/16 | 1 Comment | Post a Comment | Viewed 232 times.


Orange: A Pet Loss Story


The following pet loss story was shared with DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Director Enid Traisman from Sara Inskeep.
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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 | 3 Comments | Post a Comment | Viewed 264 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 451 times.