...to a safe place where we openly share about our relationships with our pets.
Whether with people or animal companions, relationships are relationships, and - like any other connection - they can be complicated.
Here, we talk about ALL the feelings - love, loss, grief, companionship, and all of the beautiful ordinary moments in between.
...and the HARD feelings too - shame, frustration, disappointment, resentment. Feelings don't fit into concrete categories - they overlap, they change, they're unique yet universal.
We also talk A LOT about bereavement here - often a disenfranchised type of grief.
I've found that by hearing others' experiences, we have
AH-HA! moments when we see our feelings reflected in a way we couldn't have put into our own words. We feel seen. Understood.
Losing my “soul dog” crushed me, leaving me buried in a hole I couldn't see a way out of. Subsequently, adopting my next dog created a different type of grief I could have never anticipated. I felt ashamed that I struggled to connect with her, and it felt taboo to talk about...and that is how "Pet Therapy Notes" was born.
I dusted off my journal and wrote, and wrote, and wrote some more. I got the feelings out of my body and onto paper. And when I shared my writing and reading that of others, I started to heal.
While writing can be healing, it can also be painful. Tips here
So, let's talk...
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