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The Final Farewell

Grieving the loss of a cherished family pet is often not accepted or recognized.

The Staff at Twinbrook Animal Clinic, Inc. understands the emotional pain associated with the sudden loss of a pet or the need to make plans for aging or ailing pets.

We are proud to have Bereavement Specialist Judi Baglier on Staff at Twinbrook. Judi offers grief support, "The Final Farewell", at our clinic.

In a Letter to the Editor of the Butler Eagle titled "Feeling the Sadness", Judi writes..."I think there needs to be more pet awareness in our culture...that pet loss is real and difficult, which is why I am writing this letter. I am on the staff at Twinbrook Animal Clinic, Inc. as a grief counselor. Many people, myself included, view our pets as members of the family. Now it is my turn to face the sad reality of having to euthanize my beloved 7 pound wire-haired dachshund, Snickers. "Sniky" came into my life when I was struggling with some very sad issues. She was my constant companion, often seen sitting on a golf cart watching and waiting for me while I was in the show ring with my other beloved pet "Angel", my half-Arabian mare. I took "Sniky" to the barn almost daily, where she would run around for hours. If I was having a bad day, she would crawl up on my lap and look at me as if to say, "It's going to be all right, Mommy". She was gentle with children and adults alike, but when a large dog would approach her, she would turn into Cujo. One of the hardest things about euthanizing a family pet is guilt. I am no exception and will feel my share. But as I remind people I am counseling, it is the kindest and most unselfish act of love that we can do for our pets. I thank Snickers for a reason to be called Mommy again. I will miss her and always remember her as one who gave me unconditional love until the end".

Judi is available to meet with individuals or with groups by appointment. The support is free; however, contributions will be accepted to benefit the NOAH Fund, which helps to cover the medical expenses of stray and orphaned animals.

Please call 724-898-2300 to set up an appointment.