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In Memory of Zeppelin, My Sweet German Shepherd

This blog is dedicated to my German Shepherd, Zeppelin who passed away  quite some time ago. For the miracle of pet bereavement support, I am able to own a dog again. Zeppelin, thank you for being in my life.  I dedicate this writing in your memory.

I remember when you came home for the first time, Zeppelin. You were so cute. I named you Zeppelin. I took you everywhere with me. I loved you very much. When you were a puppy, I would sneak you on the bus in my beach bag. That’s when you were very small, of course. One day when I took you to the beach, you peed in my beach bag. I saw the bag dripping, people noticed and laughed!

You were such a pretty dog. you had a beautiful blond face with a black snout. I just loved the blend of the the colours of your coat. you were a tri-colored, Sable shepherd. You were blond, tan, and black. You were gorgeous. You were also my protector and best friend. You would growl if you didn’t like somebody! You were my dog! Dr, Nowicki, the veterinarian even complimented me by saying she had never seen a dog attach to her owner as you did with me. We had a very strong bond. Everybody knew you were my dog.

It never failed, when a police car or ambulance’s siren would go off, you would always howl. To this day, I always hear your howl whenever I hear a siren. I even howl for you. That’s the wolf in you!

I will always love you. You will forever be present in my heart and soul.

We honor your memory, sweet girl.

We honor your memory, sweet girl.

What you can do when your pet transitions

Some years ago I lost my dog Zeppelin who was my German Shepherd and best friend. For quite a few years I suffered emotionally from this tragic event as I did not know how to cope. (To me, there is nothing worse than losing a pet) One day a friend of mine came over and handed me an ad in the newspaper that a local hospice was having a Pet Bereavement Workshop and urged me to attend. So I attended. What a relief it was to go. As a result, I had closure with Zeppelin’s loss, they gave me tools on how to cope and literature and resources to use. Through Zeppelin’s loss, led me to walk dogs as it filled my void.

Folks, it is not the end when you lose your precious treasure. There are ways to cope. There is plenty of information and resources that you can tap into. Websites such as http://rainbowbridge.com. They have a candle lighting ceremony every Monday evening. Another great resource is http://pet-loss.net as well as many others. Some books that have helped me are: How to Survive the Loss of a Love by Melba Colgrove, Ph.D, Harold Bloomfield, MD, and Peter McWilliams, very light reading, but very good. During this time period, in my opinion, is to go light on the mind/brain. Another great book is The Fall of Freddy the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia. This is a children’s book, but it is light reading.

Some other tools I have used to memorialize my pets losses are: Journaling, blogging, poetry, and art work. I have also used modalities such as Reiki to clear the negativity, essential oils, candles, and crystals. You can apply these tools, resources, and information to humans too.

Remember, this is not the end when your pet dies, grieve the loss, feel the feelings, take care of yourself, seek help, if necessary, and just know, this has been my experience, they will send you a gift from the other side.