Introducing: 'A Dog Walk With...', an Interview Series About Grieving For Pets
As some of you will know we had to make the hard decision last year to put our lovely rescue dog George to sleep, after various health complications meant his quality of life wasn't what it should be any more. You can read more about George in a blog post I wrote last year. The outpouring of love I received after his death and in the run up to it was really humbling, but it made me think about the people who aren't so lucky and who are made to feel stupid for grieving for their pets. I believe that our pets have a huge impact on our lives and that shouldn't be scoffed at. We spend every day for years with them by our side, their unconditional love never faltering. A few months ago I posted a photo to instagram and in the caption introduced this idea - it seemed to resonate with people and opened up a lot of conversations about grieving for pets which I was really pleased about.
I recently met up with and interviewed my first guest for a new interview series - dog behaviourist Louise Glazebook and having spoken to her about the loss of her dog Cookie and met her gorgeous great dane Fred, I realised that everyone grieves in such drastically different ways and that really what I want to achieve is to continue to open up conversations about grieving for pets and to normalise it. So, in 2018 I am planning to meet up with people who have lost dogs and who have learned to love again. The idea is that I go on a dog walk with them in a place they go to regularly and we talk about the pain of losing a dog and the power of letting someone new into your life. I will share an article about our conversation (and some cute dog photos) here on the blog. Perhaps in future I will open up the series to include other pets, because whether it's a dog, a rabbit, a cat or a goldfish, pets have a massive impact on our lives and losing them is never easy, but for me personally right now it's dogs I feel the need to be around and getting outside to walk is one of the main things that I miss about have George around. I hope you'll understand!
Keep an eye out for my first 'A Dog Walk With...' post with Louise Glazebrook and Fred soon. If you have a story to share, need to talk to someone who understands what you're going through after losing your pet or would like to invite me on a dog walk please do get in touch!
The embroidery illustrating this post is by the wonderfully talented Leigh of In Twos and Threes who very generously made it for me. It hangs proudly in our living room.