Tag Archives: Pet Sympathy

How Can Anyone Really Know It Is Time? by Dr. Julie Reck

As a veterinarion running a mobile vet practice dedicated to providing a compassionate home euthanasia service, I face this question at least 5 times a day and sometimes I internally ask myself this throughout the day.  I recently published a book called “Facing Farewell” to help people find the answer to this question.  In the book, pet owners learn how animals perceive life and death, how to measure quality of life, and the process of the euthanasia procedure.  This is all very important information for anyone faced with making end of life decisions for their pet, but in this blog I would like to try to tackle this question on a more personal level. Continue reading



A man and his dog were walking along a road.  The man was enjoying the scenery when suddenly it occurred to him that he was dead.  He remembered dying and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for some time also.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road.  It looked like fine marble.  At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.  When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked as though it were paved with pure gold.  He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

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Absent Companions – Reflections on Pet Loss

Grief over Pet Loss is universal.  It has no gender, color, age, race, political or financial demographic.  We may all experience grief very differently and most assuredly we all  cope with it a little differently.  The grief truly does vary with each loss.  I have learned that to fight the profound sadness and sense of loss is fruitless but  to try to surround myself with others who have had the same experience. I have also found it helpful to read encouraging words often more eloquently stated than I am able. 

I have gathered here a collection of words and thoughts expressed by people; some famous some not so famous but perhaps you will find here a story similar to your own or some words that express just how you feel or how someone you know feels. 

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