Welcome to Pets & People - our support network for grieving pet owners...

Understanding grief & loss

Reactions to grief can be manifested many different ways - some of which might be...

  • feelings - of anxiety, fear, sadness, anger, guilt
  • thoughts - such as confusion, preoccupation and disbelief
  • physical reactions - like sleep disturbances, empty sensation in stomach, breathlessness or tightness in the chest
  • behaviour - such as crying, sighing, hyperactivity, inability to concentrate, social withdrawal

These are only some of the ways that grief is experienced. Unfortunately, the grief associated with the loss of a pet is often the most misunderstood. Family and friends often mean well, but can sometimes dis­miss your pain and dis­tress...

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Pets and People was founded by Dr Micheal O’Donoghue and Penny Carroll to provide a supportive process to help people through the grief experienced with the loss of a companion animal.

Counselling can help...

Not all counsellors specialise in grief and even less deal with the grief associated with Pet Loss. But help is at hand.

Our aim at Pets and People is to help connect pet owners with qualified and experienced pet loss counsellors who are ready and willing to support people in this difficult time.

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  • Loving animals is an important part of being human

    Los­ing an ani­mal friend can feel as dev­as­tat­ing as los­ing a human loved one...

  • It's okay to grieve...

    Your rela­tion­ship with your pet was spe­cial

  • Our relationships with our pets bring much love and joy to both the human and the animal.

  • If your pet was an important part of your life

    ...then it is normal to grieve when they die.

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We Have A Secret – A Pet Loss Poem

We Have A Secret (Author unknown) We have a secret, you and I that no one else shall know, for who but I can see you lie each night in fire glow? And who but I can reach my hand before we go to bed and feel the living warmth of you and touch your […]

The Power of the Dog- pet loss poem

The Power of the Dog There is sorrow enough in the natural way From men and women to fill our day; And when we are certain of sorrow in store, Why do we always arrange for more? Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware Of giving your heart to a dog to tear. Buy a […]

Jaspers Day

  Jaspers Day    You can’t read this story without a tissue.,  October 28, 2002 By A Customer This review is from: Jasper’s Day (Hardcover) This is a touching story about a boy Riley who wants to make his retriever Jasper’s last day very special. Together the family celebrates what a great companion Jasper has been […]

How to Know When It’s Time to Euthanize Your Pet

How to Know When It’s Time to Euthanize Your Pet By vetstreet.com | Pets – Mon, Apr 22, 2013 12:21 PM EDT By Dr. Andy Roark | vetstreet.com ThinkstockJust last week, while I was performing euthanasia for a critically ill patient, the pet’s owner looked at me and said, “I bet this is the hardest part of […]

Pet loss Books

  Review – Kate The Ghost Dog: Coping With The Death Of A Pet – Wayne Wilson My review originally posted on Feathered Quill Reviews Aleta is a bright, free-spirited, young girl who lives with her parents and younger brother. She has two great friends she loves spending her time with, and even has aspirations […]

What should I tell my children

Pet Ohana For Thursday, November 5, 2009 By Hawaiian Humane Society Amazon.com Widgets POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 05, 2009 (Single Page View) | Return to Paginated View Tell children the truth about pet’s death QUESTION: Our family cat recently died, and we’re at a loss on how to explain this to our young children. […]

The Last Battle- Pet loss Poem

The Last Battle If it should be that I grow frail and weak And pain should keep me from my sleep, Then will you do what must be done, For this — the last battle — can’t be won. You will be sad I understand, But don’t let grief then stay your hand, For on […]

Can Losing a Pet Hurt More Than Losing a Spouse?

Can Losing a Pet Hurt More Than Losing a Spouse? by Susan Pease Gadoua Unconditional love is a powerful connecter of humans and their animals. Published on August 15, 2010 Last week, my best friend was hit by a car and killed. Bijoux was eight human years old (56 dog years). She was a 25 […]

Pet Loss Support – grief counseling

Pet Loss Support – grief counseling For a comprehensive list of counselors in the USA the Asso­ci­a­tion For Pet Loss and Bereave­ment (APLB)  has an excel­lent website that we recommend: www.aplb.org   Chicago VMA 630-325-1600  630-325-1600 Cornell University 607-253-3932  607-253-3932 University of Illinois 217-244-CARE (2273) or 877-394-CARE  877-394-CARE  (2273) Michigan State University 517-432-2696  517-432-2696 P&G Pet Care, Pet Loss Support Hotline 888-332-7738  888-332-7738 The Ohio State University 614-292-1823  614-292-1823 Tufts University 508-839-7966  508-839-7966 Virginia-Maryland Regional College of […]

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• We are passionate about people & pets • Pet Loss Sympathy Cards • Grief Support Services and Counselling • Articles and resources for grieving pet owners Pets and People was founded by Dr Micheal O’Donoghue and Penny Carroll to provide a supportive process to help people through the grief often experienced through the loss of a companion animal. Locum Vet services available - Call - (07) 3372 1679. 49 Gleneagles Crescent, Brisbane QLD 4075
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A good article about helping people who a grieving the loss of a pet
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What a great idea, combing two of my favourite activities, Dogs and drinking beer and wine.