"After the traumatic death of my parents within a couple of years of each other,
life stopped, and while I went back to work after the funeral and continue to move forward as I was expected to, the truth was that it was anything but forward.
I threw myself into my work, and hoped the long hours would help to get me back on track.
While I was very productive and efficient, I was still not moving forward when I got home after work - There, life was still at a standstill since their death.
Then came Dusty,
a little mixed breed dog that wasn't quite potty trained when we got him.
I had heard of the healing power of pets, and while I love dogs and cats - I was too focused on the unimaginable loss to even consider how they could be of help in my grief journey.
I was wrong,
Within the first day of bringing Dusty into our lives, my grief journey was never the same.
Grief is still there,
but there is something about Dusty that has forced me to focus and smile on the moment,
on now, and
to start seeing the steps forward from here."
He went into shock after her traumatic death and developed PTSD that in turn accelerated his dementia. In only weeks after her death, he went from fully functional, driving, walking to wheelchair bound. And while all this was happening, he had one constant companion that kept him alert, and brought back to reality every time - their loyal pet Zuly.
Emotional Support Animals (ESA)
as defined in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_support_animal
"An emotional support animal (ESA) is a companion animal
that a medical professional has determined provides benefit for an individual with a disability.
This may include improving at least one symptom of the disability.
Emotional support animals, typically dogs, but sometimes cats or other animals,
may be used by people with a range of
Jax and Chowder
Nothing but love 24/7....for treats of course
Seth, Nala and Gordis
She lost her beloved Mom to cancer,
and her husband in a tragic car accident,
but even as a single mom with 3 young children facing
an unknown like never before,
she continued to care with a passion and commitment
for all those around her that needed help.
And no matter how rough the day may have been,
she knew that Seth, Nala and Gordis
would be at the front door with
nothing but love, and
that made any day -
a good day.
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Her aggressive cancer and very painful hospice at home was a very difficult time for the whole family. The pain of those memories still rises weekly, but they keep marching forward as a family because that's what their award winning teacher daughter, sister and aunt would have wanted from them, so they get thru it as a family.
A few years after their loss, Sanchi came along, and life changed again.
Their grief and their memories will never go away,
but Sanchi brought their smiles back,
and day by day -
he is making sure that those smiles never go away .
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT PETS
If you are grieving the loss of your pet, we are very sorry for your loss, and under the Grief Support Directory section of this site, you will find a list of grief support resources for Pet Loss.
Our Pets are part of our families, and their loss is the loss of a member of our families.
This section focuses
healing role that pets
have played on the grieving journeys of some of our site visitors, and
their submitted stories are featured below;
along with links to some of the leading online pet adoption sites, and
animal shelters search engines.
Adopting a dog could lengthen your life, study says
“New research suggests that having a dog might boost a single person's life span. The study tracked more than 3.4 million Swedes, middle-aged and older, for 12 years. The researchers reported that dog owners who lived alone were 11 percent less likely to die of heart disease and a third less likely to die from any cause, compared with those who lived alone and didn't have a dog”
Some of the leading online sites to search for the
adoption of pets and
local animal shelters include:
https://www.aspca.org/adopt-pet/adoptable-dogs-your-local-shelter - ASPCA’s Nationwide database of dogs looking for good homes. Search by zip code to meet available dogs in your area.
https://www.allpaws.com/- AllPaws lists more than 200,000 loveable pets in need of a forever home. To adopt a pet, start by searching by pet type, breed, & location, and then expand your search by distance, size, gender and more in order to find the right match for pet rescue and pet adoption.
https://www.adoptapet.com/ - Adopt-a-Pet.com (formerly 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com) is North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website. We help over 13,600 animal shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups, and pet adoption agencies advertise their homeless pets to millions of adopters a month, for free
Shelters & Rescue – Search for Animal Welfare Groups by Distance
http://petango.com/About-Us - Partnered with over 1,800 animal welfare organizations across the U.S. and Canada, Petango.com is the first adoptable pet search site to exclusively offer real-time updates of adoptable pets in shelters.
Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program & Volunteers
"Pet Partners’ mission is to improve human health and well-being through the human-animal bond. Our Therapy Animal Program represents the best that the field of animal-assisted interventions has to offer. Volunteers in the Therapy Animal Program interact with a wide variety of clients including veterans with PTSD, seniors living with Alzheimer’s, students with literacy challenges, patients in recovery, people with intellectual disabilities and those approaching end of life."
If your pet has helped you; your family or someone else during their grief journey,
we would appreciate it if you shared your story with others grieving
thru the online form below.
All submitted stories may be edited due to space, and
they will be posted on this section of the My Grief Angels site, on the free Grief Support Network Mobile app and
may also be included in all future publications, books, and other multi-media work created or produced by My Grief Angels
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