Life and death in dogs: what they may teach us

A dog's death may teach us something about our own mortality, right? The question may sound banal or even silly, but it is the only way I can make sense of this traumatic experience right now.

A network of family and friends may help us cope with life's challenges. We know who we are and what we value in life

Our dogs can teach us a lot.Ernie gives us the ability to determine when their life is no longer worth the agony and anguish they are putting themselves through.

Generally speaking, we do not have such authority over our own lives as a matter of law. Not quite yet.

"That's it. "She is our last child." That's something I've recently heard from friends who've just lost a dog or a cat and are likely facing the same decisions we are

They're also making the decision to liberate themselves from the everyday responsibilities of caring for an ill or deceased pet, as well as the heart-wrenching anguish that accompanies it.