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Updated Dec 06, 2019

How to Deal with a Child Who Accidentally Caused a Pet's Death

January 18, 2010 by Cherie L. - Yuba City, CA

Hi Everyone, I saw a posting about this several months ago but I can't seem to find it. Last weekend my four-year-o...


How to Help a 3 1/2 Year Old Cope with the Death of His First Pet

June 25, 2008 by Jan A. - Anaheim, CA

The title sums it up pretty well. My son will be 3 1/2 on Sunday, and today his pet bird, Conrad, died. Conrad was re...


How to Tell My 3 Year Old His Puppy Is Gone (Not dead..gone Tho)

February 01, 2009 by Michelle N. - El Segundo, CA

I bought my son a large breed puppy called a Newfoundland about a month ago and realized almost immediately it was a ...


How to Explain a Dog's Death

July 10, 2008 by Rachael P. - Lincoln, CA

My in-laws just put their dog down this week. He was old and very sick. Since they are my part time day care provid...


How Do I Handle My Son's Curiosity About Our Cat Who Was Recently Cremated

August 17, 2008 by Stephanie e. - Ventura, CA

My 4-year-old son, his dad, and I very recently suffered the death of one of our cats. Her ashes will be home tomorr...


Teaching About the Loss of a Pet

April 28, 2008 by Panelope K. - Fairfield, CA

Hello, We had a 15 year old dog that we recently had to have put to sleep. Our son has been asking about her, a...


I Lost My Daughters Best Friend

February 17, 2008 by Tiana C. - Fresno, CA

I lost my daughters best friend.She barely talks to me now because she is mad at me.I need her to talk to me what sho...


Ideas for Explaining Death of Dog to 4 Year Old

February 04, 2008 by Shelby K. - San Luis Obispo, CA

We just had to put our dog to sleep this weekend. My son is 4 and knows that he is sick and not happy. We have told...


Need Ideas for Pet Memorial

February 08, 2008 by April and Sam D. - Petaluma, CA

Hi My family lost our beloved dog of 15 years today and needless to say my three children are devestated. Our boy...