It is a sobering thought, but do you know who will take care of your pets if you should die? Many people assume that family members will keep their pets, but shelter volunteers see numerous pets surrendered because of the owner's death. If plans aren't carefully made, your pets may not be where you'd hoped.
Life can change drastically for a dog who loses the companionship of another dog. We don't know how much dogs understand about death, but the experience of having a dog become lethargic, upset, or even ill after a dog companion dies has happened to many dog lovers. It can be heart breaking, just when you are also grieving the loss yourself.
Sometimes there's no substitute for an understanding human voice. Fortunately, they're out there, staffing pet-loss support lines at some of the nation's most prestigious veterinary schools and colleges.