By Nora Zelevansky | vetstreet.com
Vetstreet editor Kristen Seymour keeps the tag of her late Lab mix, Yuki, hanging in a special place in her home.When our very own Vetstreet editor, Kristen Seymour, lost her beloved Black Labrador mix, Yuki, she tucked the pup's favorite pirate collar away for posterity. It wasn't until almost five years later that she was able to pull the adorable item back out and fit it on her current dog. "It was just too painful," she shares. "We still keep [Yuki's] tag hanging in a special spot, near our back porch."
Seymour is not alone. Once we lose a pet, many of us struggle with whether to stow away favorite items as keepsakes, repurpose them for future animals or donate everything and start fresh. According to Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator Dr. Carrie La Jeunesse, DVM, CT, who helps people cope with pet bereavement, there's no right or wrong way to handle the grieving process. Both mourning approaches - holding tight to these reminders or letting them go - can be healing. "This is a personal decision by the owners," she explains. "Each person'sRead More »from Should You Reuse a Late Pet's Things?