Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives – the euthanasia of our beloved dog, Murphy. I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath – she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of confusion and the reassurance that everyone was OK because we were both by her side. When people who have never had a dog see their dog-owning friends mourn the loss of a pet, they probably think it’s all a bit of an overreaction; after all, it’s “just a dog.” However, those who have loved a dog know the truth: Your own pet is never “just a dog.”RELATED READ: They train rescue dogs as police K-9 officersMany times, I’ve had friends guiltily confide to me that they grieved more over the loss of a dog than over the loss of friends or relatives. Research has confirmed that for most people, the loss of a dog is, in almost every way, comparable to the loss of a … [Read more...] about Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend
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Produced by Lourdes Aguiar and Cindy Cesare [This story originally aired on April 20, 2016] Every morning for the last 37 years, Jim Alt wakes up terrified -- thinking that it's 1978, and that he's just been brutally attacked on Torrey Pines State Beach. "When I become aware that I'm awake, I do not open my eyes. I put my hands on the bed, and I feel for that sheet or I feel for sand of a beach," said Alt. "You still do that?" "48 Hours" correspondent Richard Schlesinger asked. "Yes, sir," Alt replied. "Before my eyes are open I want to know where I'm at." It wasn't always this way. The beach used to be Alt's second home -- a safe place, a fun place. "You were a big surfer," Schlesinger noted. "Absolutely," Alt said. "There's not a feeling on earth like surfing. It's just -- there's a big rush inside your body." Rick Selga has felt that rush. He was one of Alt's good friends back then. "Who was the better surfer between the two of you?" Schlesinger asked Selga. "Uh, probably he … [Read more...] about Were the murders of California teens the work of a serial killer?
I CAN’T stop thinking about two girls left devastated by the death of a parent this week. Frances Beatrix, known as Bea, is just 13 and having to come to terms with the fact that her mum Kate Spade took her own life. Then there is 11-year-old Ariane Bourdain, whose father, travel and food writer Anthony Bourdain, was found dead in his Paris hotel room yesterday in an apparent suicide. Kate Spade reportedly left a note for her daughter which read: “Bea, I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!” Can you imagine how that little girl must be feeling? She’s lost her mother and some have surmised the note appears to point the finger at her dad. It’s obviously not at all clear if that was really Kate’s intention, or whether she just wanted her daughter to seek answers and comfort from her father. That’s the trouble with suicide. Those left behind have to deal with so many unanswered questions. Look at little Ariane, who has just … [Read more...] about Don’t hide your demons behind a smile like Kate Spade or Anthony Bourdain — ask for help
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A GRIEVING mum has praised Peter Kay after his comeback appearance at a screening of Car Share raised £34,000 for her charity. The comedian, who cancelled his nationwide tour unexpectedly last year, stunned fans when he appeared on stage at Blackpool Opera House on Saturday night. The fundraiser was in aid of the Lily Foundation, set up by Liz Curtis, 43, to raise awareness of incurable mitochondrial disease, after her eight-month-old daughter Lily succumbed to the condition. Liz praised Kay, 44, describing him as "a real star" and revealed the special fundraiser netted a staggering £34,000. She said: "We can't thank Peter and his team enough for this incredibly generous donation. "For a small charity like ours this is a very significant sum. "It will make a real difference to the lives of children with mitochondrial disease by providing vital equipment and care that improves the quality of their lives. "Not only has it helped raise awareness, it has … [Read more...] about Peter Kay praised by grieving mum after his comeback appearance at Car Share screening raises £34,000 for her charity