The loss of your cherished animal partner, whether through death or any other way, can be devastating. You may even find it more difficult than losing a human loved one.
Your animal companion gave you unconditional love, always. Even the best relationships between people have some rough patches. But your dear pet loved you even on your worst days and in your weakest moments.
Your animal friend gave structure and routine to daily life. Whether it was the basics of caring for their everyday needs, enjoying active or quiet times together, or training and participating in sports or competitions, you spent much of your time focussed on them.
Your beloved animal was there for you through so much of your life. Whether you felt awful or wanted to celebrate, a wagging tail, a paw or nose resting against you, a nicker or a purr let you know you were loved and supported.
Because our pets depend on us for everything, we develop a huge sense of responsibility. When they're gone, it can feel like we've failed them.
You may feel that letting go of your grief and sadness will mean letting go of the loving memories. But your special animal partner will always be in your heart
My focus is on supporting and helping you to grieve in a healthy way. I promise to be there for you every step of your journey. My goal is to help you work through your pain, and move forward to a place where your cherished animal continues to live on in your heart.
In over thirty years working in the equine industry as a certified judge and coach, Anne Galt has experienced the loss of many dearly loved animals. She has supported her students, friends and colleagues through their own difficult losses. But it was the death of her heart horse, Tara, (shown above after her last competitive season at age 31) that led her to actively study the grief journey that follows the loss of a beloved animal companion.
Anne is a certified Pet Bereavement Counselor through the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (aplb.org), and assists with their online chat rooms. She is also trained in palliative care and grief support through a local hospice agency, where she is an active supervised volunteer.
Paw and Hoof Pet Loss is a grief support service, not a psychological counseling practice. Anne Galt is qualified to give compassionate care and bereavement support. However, any client needing additional mental health care will be referred to a licenced professional counselor. Paw and Hoof Pet Loss is not intended as a susbstitute for professional medical or psychological treatment. The service offered is compassionate and practical grief support and assistance.
You don't have to grieve alone. With my email or Marco Polo (free video phone app) package, you can share your feelings, fears and concerns with a trained pet grief counselor. Get powerful tools to help you cope during this difficult time, and find strategies that work for you, on your schedule. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for package details and pricing.
With this package, you can experience live one on one counseling - no matter where in the world you are. Zoom is a video app that is absolutely free to use. Through Zoom you can work with me face to face, in real time.
If you live in the Ottawa, Ontario area, I am available in person to help you through this time of grief.