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Barbara Techel is the author of the multi-award winning Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog book series. When her dachshund, Frankie, suffered a spinal injury, Barbara had her custom-fitted for a wheelchair. Frankie persevered, and Barbara realized the beautiful opportunity she had to share Frankie and give others hope and inspiration to be the best they can be. Along with sharing Frankie’s story with children, Barbara and Frankie routinely volunteer as a therapy dog team at a local hospital, senior assisted facility, and hospice community, spreading joy wherever they go.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Dealing with the Death of a Pet


Yvonne Perry & special grandson, Sid, who her book "The Sid Series" was inspired by

It is with tail wagging pleasure that I welcome a very special lady today to my blog. Yvonne Perry is the author of The Sid Series. A collection of twelve holistic stories for children that share messages to support the whole child-- body, soul and spirit-- by empowering and building self esteem. These lessons are modeled after Yvonne's grandson, Sidney.

One of the stories is called "Puppy Love" and it as about dealing with the death of a beloved pet. Yvonne has been kind enough to share an article with us that she wrote to help you if you have ever had to deal with this, or may in the future. Without further ado, I give you my BFF (best friends forever) wonderful article:

Dealing with the Death of a Pet

I’m Yvonne Perry and I’m the author of The Sid Series. The main character in my book is my grandson, who is now eight years old. His name is Sidney. In real life, he lives in the country. When his family first moved there, the house didn’t have a fence around it. He has owned several dogs and cats—all shapes and sizes, but it seemed like every time he got close to one of his pets, they would run away or die. Sid’s yard now has a fence so Queen and Lucy will stay home where it is safe.

I remember my first dog. Her name was Snooks and she was a German shepherd. I loved it when she had a litter of puppies! I hated it when she died of heartworms. I was about twelve years old. That wasn’t my first encounter with death, but it was the first time I had lost a pet and I was pretty upset because I couldn’t see her or play with her anymore.

I wrote the stories in The Sid Series book to help kids find answers to some things they may have questions about. For example, it’s hard to understand death. It makes us feel sad when someone we love dies. Some adults say it means that you just don’t exist anymore. Others say being dead means the body can’t do anything, so the spirit leaves the body and goes to a wonderful place called heaven. Some people will tell you that dogs and cats don’t have souls so they can’t go to heaven, but I don’t believe that. I believe in a place known as the afterlife. It’s just like the place you existed before you came alive in the body you have now. Most of us don’t remember where we were before we were born, but I call it the Rainbow World. It must be a good place since none of us have bad memories of it.

Scrap is the family dog in my story titled “Puppy Love.” Scrap is old and she’s had a good life, but it’s time for her to go to the Rainbow World. One morning, her family finds her in her favorite sleeping spot, but she’s not moving; she can’t get up and she can’t bark or chase the tractor like she used to. That’s because she is dead. The family is sad and everyone cries. They wrap her in her favorite blanket, dig a big hole in the ground, and put her body in it. It’s like planting a flower or seed, but Scrap’s body is not going to grow like a flower or seed in the spring.

The family has a memorial service and talks about Scrap’s death. It’s good to talk about things that you are afraid of or don’t understand. That way, you get more information to help you decide what you want to believe.

You will get some ideas to help you create your own understanding about afterlife or the Rainbow World when you read my story. Don’t worry, it has a happy ending. If you want to read it, let Barbara or Frankie know and she will email a link to you or your parent. You may read more about each of the stories on my Web site: http://thesidseries.com./

I have learned a lot from children. So, I’d like to ask you some questions. You can answer them by leaving a comment below.

What does it mean to be dead?
Where do you think Scrap’s soul went when she died?
What do you think happened to Scrap’s body when she was buried in the ground?
Have you ever seen a person or an animal that is dead?

Yvonne is available to read her book to your classroom via Skype an Author.

To order your copy of The Sid Series you can visit Amazon. Receive The Sid Series coloring book for free when you order the print copy of the book!!

Thank you, Yvonne, my BFF, for sharing this well written article on the death of a pet. I can personally say that I know when I die my soul will stay here with my mom because I love her so much. She won't be able to pet me anymore or see me, but I will always be in her heart, loving her... and I know when my body is gone, I will one day be reunited with my mom in heaven, or as Yvonne says, "Rainbow World." I believe that we always stay with the ones we love, just in a different form.
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9 comments:

Yvonne Perry said...

It's a pleasure to stop by and visit your blog today, Barbara and Frankie. You are my BFFs!

I enjoyed writing the stories in The Sid Series and hope that children everywhere will be inspired and helped by them. Sid says hello!

Yvonne Perry

Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog said...

We are thrilled to have you as our guest today, Yvonne. We just love your new book and we know it will help kids.
Hi back to Sid! You two are so lucky to have each other. :)

Barbara & Frankie

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Just want to say I loved being part of this tour and I'd love to stay connected with fellow, caring bloggers. Barbara, I love what you do--both with doggies and fellow authors!

Many on this tour of know how important I think tours are for letting us share what we have written with others. And I'm especially eager to share Yvonne's amazing story.
Best,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Author of the multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter, www.budurl.com/TheFrugalBkPromo

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Just want to say I loved being part of this tour and I'd love to stay connected with fellow, caring bloggers. Barbara, it's been a special delight to follow your generous work with other authors, with Frankie and those who can benefit from his message.

Many on this tour of know how important I think tours are for letting us share what we have written with others. And I'm especially eager to share Yvonne's amazing story.
Best,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Author of the multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter, www.budurl.com/TheFrugalBkPromo

Yvonne Perry said...

Lucky indeed. And, to know you is good fortune as well!

Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog said...

Thank you for stopping by Carolyn-- I have learned so much from Yvonne and you, as well. Networking is so good on so many levels-- I feel very fortunate to know both of you.

Frankie (and mom!)

Hal said...

Sometimes we forget that dogs are aware and are aspects of consciousness too. Yvonne's work makes us remember we are all connected.
Thanks for a great post Barbara.
Enjoy the weekend.
Hal

Dennis S Martin said...

The death of a pet is something we all have dealt with, usually at a very young age. This is just one of the things Yvonne deals with in the Sid Series. Having read through the book more than once, I can highly recommend it

Janet Grace Riehl said...

One of the things I appreciated about the Sid Series is the practical approach to common situations that arise in supporting and loving a child.

Janet Riehl