“Our dog is really old. How will we know when it’s time to say Good-bye?”

By |2018-10-15T09:55:50+10:00February 11th, 2018|Death, Human-Animal Bond|

Hi Sarah, Our dog is old. We know the time is coming when we will have to say “goodbye” to her. How do we know when it’s time? Mary H Hi Mary, This is SUCH a difficult question. When is the right time to say “goodbye” to a much loved member of the family? Last April when we were faced with the same decision regarding our 16½ year old Pug, Tyson, I sought similar advice from our vet. Tyson had gone completely deaf, was pretty much blind, and had a fused spine (thanks to weekly Bowen Therapy sessions, he [...]

“How do we move on from the death of our beloved pet?”

By |2017-10-04T11:52:44+10:00November 1st, 2014|Death, Dogs & Children, Human-Animal Bond|

Dear Sarah, We recently had to put our old dog to sleep and the kids are devastated. How can we help them move on? Should we get another dog? Peter W   Hi Peter, The death of a family pet, no matter how old they are, can be devastating for the whole family. The fact that the family member just happens to be another species does not make the grief any less intense or real. In some cases, it makes it more so. When a human dies, we hold a funeral. This gives us a chance to honour them, think [...]