Earlier this month, I wrote about helping children through grief. In that post, I mentioned losing several friends, family and acquaintances within the last few years.
Well, now I’m facing the imminent loss of my dog, Jake. He’s been a special dog – we rescued him from a shelter when he was about 4 years old. Jake filled up our empty nest after our last child had gone off to college. He’s been the best behaved and well trained dog we ever had, probably because someone else trained him! Jake is a black labrador retriever, so if your’e at all familiar with that breed, just looking at their eyes is enough to melt your heart! He’s been our faithful companion, walking partner, chief snuggler, and friend.
My husband and I learned this week that he has bone cancer, and that it will most likely spread quickly. He’s already slowing down, so we’re spending time with him and loving him as much as we can before we have to let him go.
If a child in your life is dealing with the loss of a pet, here are some books that may help them understand and cope with their emotions.
Saying Goodbye to Lulu by Corinne Demas
The Blue House Dog by Deborah Blumenthal
Tulip and Lupin Forever by Mireille Levert
Adios a Goldie by Fran Manushkin
Kate the Ghost Dog: Coping with the Death of a Pet by Wayne Wilson
My Old Pal Oscar by Amy Hest
Good-bye Fish by Judith Koppens
Life and I: A Story About Death by Elizabeth Helland Larsen