Wednesday, January 25, 2017

How Do You Know You're Ready for Another Dog?: Life After Pet Loss

After losing a dog, a lot of people ask, 'How do I know when to get another?' Although I'm no expert, my answer is always the same, 'You'll know,' and 'The right dog will find you.'  Now, I'm not saying there's a dog out there with a compass and your photo (although, wouldn't that be cool?) but I truly believe that dogs are brought into our lives by a higher power.  Their love is so genuine, unconditional and pure, I just feel like there is some greater force at work that ties them to our lives and makes us better people.

After losing Milo in 2013, I knew in my heart I was not ready for another dog, yet at the same time, I hated living life without a dog by my side.  I would visit my neighbor's dogs on a daily basis because I was so lonely for the feeling of a furry companion by my side.  I can't even explain it.  I just missed walking in step with a dog.  I am so grateful to Daisy and Lucy for getting me through some awful, lonely days.  Just seeing their sweet faces and walking next to them was a huge comfort (and I'm grateful to my neighbors for putting up with me hanging around their yard!).

How can you not love little Miss Lucy?

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy New Year from The Jersey Doggy!

Happy 2017!! Wishing you a year filled with good health, happy dogs and lots of squirrels.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Snowman and the Snowdog

As a dog lover and a mom, I love when I come across something beautiful- something worth sharing.  I have always enjoyed The Snowman by Raymond Briggs, and last year, by some twist of fate, I came across the movie, The Snowman and the Snowdog, which seemed to be some kind of sequel to The Snowman. Having just lost our Milo that summer, I thought this might be a cute DVD for my son to watch, so I quickly ordered it through Amazon.  Here's the trailer:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Three Years Without You. Three Years...

I haven't written here in a while. I struggle to find the reason for this, but mostly I think it's because everything I write ends up being sad. I didn't plan it that way. The Jersey Doggy was supposed to be a happy place where I shared all of my dog-related thoughts. But I mostly talk about losing you, my Milo. July marked three years that you've been gone. I still can't believe it. Sometimes the words echo in my head: gone, gone, gone. You're gone. But that's not fair to say, really. You're here...but not. You're in that next place, that other place, behind a veil where I can't reach you. I am climbing the staircase to you. Across all time and space, I send my love to you. xoxo

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Celebrating Gotcha Day!

Today is Spot's 2nd Gotcha Day! For anyone who doesn't know what a Gotcha Day is, it's the day you celebrate when you first adopted your new companion, or the day when you first 'got them.' Get it? I can't believe we've had Spoteens for two years now! It seems like much longer. In honor of his special Gotcha Day, I am going to share a story with you. You might not believe it. You might think I'm crazy. That's okay. I will share it anyway. Take from it what you will.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Life Diminished

One of the reasons I started this blog was because I thought I could help people with pet loss, since I am currently going through it.  But I don't know how I am supposed to help people when I can't even help myself.

I wanted to write about the birthday cake I made for Milo last year.  It was the first birthday without him. He would've been 15, and he had only been gone seven months.  So I made him what I called a "Heaven and Earth" cake, one with two different flavors and his name written across the middle.  I ate a piece cut from the center, so it would feel like I was representing both realms. It actually helped a little.

Milo's Heaven and Earth 15th Birthday Cake