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
Grieving a pet cat
A 10-YEAR-old girl was electrocuted to death trying to rescue her pet kittens from behind a dryer at her home, her heartbroken family has revealed. Greenlee Marie Buckley, from New Boston, Texas, US, died on Saturday night while attempting to rescue the two cats. In heart-breaking online posts, her family revealed the animal-loving child wanted to be a vet when she grew up. She was praised for her “compassionate heart” on a GoFundMe page which has been set up to raise money for animal charities. Her mum Shelby Roos told KSLA-TV: “She would do anything for them. “I know she is up there right now with all of her babies.” The grieving mother also shared the news of Greenlee’s death on Facebook. On Monday, she wrote: “With the heaviest of hearts I want to tell y’all our Greenlee was tragically taken from us Sat night. "She was such a light in this world and everyone she ever met couldn’t help but fall in love with her. “She had … [Read more...] about Animal loving girl, 10, electrocuted while trying to rescue her cats from behind a tumble dryer
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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