My Dog Is Dying, What Do I Do?

Emotions, Decisions, and Options for Healing -The Pet Bereavement Series Book 1

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
162 Pages
Reviewed on 04/27/2016
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Author Biography

Wendy Van de Poll is a pioneering leader in the field of pet loss grief support. Wendy is dedicated to providing a safe place for her clients to express their grief over the loss of their pets.

What makes Wendy successful with her clients is that she get’s grief! “Over the years I’ve dealt with my own grief and helping many families communicate and connect with their pets long after their loss. It’s what I’ve done since I was just 5 yrs old!”

She is compassionate and supportive to all who know her.

Her passion is to help people when they are grieving over the loss of a pet and her larger than life love for animals has led her to devote her life to the mission of increasing the quality of life between animals and people no matter what stage they are in their cycle of life! She has been called the animal whisperer.

She is a Certified End of Life and Pet Grief Support Coach, Certified Pet Funeral Celebrant, Animal Medium and Communicator. She is the founder of The Center for Pet Loss Grief and an international best-selling and award-winning author and speaker.

She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Wolf Ecology and Behavior and has run with wild wolves in Minnesota, coyotes in Massachusetts and foxes in her backyard. She lives in the woods with her husband, two crazy birds, her rescue dog Addie and all kinds of wildlife.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lori A. Moore for Readers' Favorite

My Dog Is Dying, What Do I Do?: Emotions, Decisions, and Options for Healing (The Pet Bereavement Series Book 1) by Wendy Van de Poll is 126 pages to guide you through that horrible time in your life when you have to make important health decisions about your dog. Each chapter presents questions for contemplation at the end to help you through your thoughts, emotions, and decisions. Also included is the opportunity to journal about what you’re going through with the situation involving your dog in order to help you through this emotional situation. Chapters include getting the news about the pet’s illness, the grief and loss stages, caring for yourself, making tough decisions, and what to expect about the death of your dog.

Having lost three of my sweet kitties in the last five years, all at a ripe old age of 16, I enjoyed reading My Dog Is Dying, What Do I Do? by Wendy Van de Poll. People are devastated when their dogs pass away because they are part of the family and we mourn it just like the loss of any other family member. My Dog Is Dying, What Do I Do? serves, as the author puts it, as part of a “pet grief support kit,” to allow you to think through your decisions, make a plan, and handle the emotions surrounding the death of a pet. The death of a pet sucks, but My Dog Is Dying, What Do I Do?: Emotions, Decisions, and Options for Healing (The Pet Bereavement Series Book 1) can help ease the pain.

Sarah Stuart

My Dog Is Dying, What Do I Do?: Emotions, Decisions, and Options for Healing – The Pet Bereavement Series Book 1 by Wendy Van de Poll has been written to support dog owners who are facing the death of their dog from a terminal illness. Divided into three sections, Beginning Your Journey, Living Your Journey, and Ending Your Journey, each chapter is written clearly and is followed by a “wrap-up” summary and contemplation questions. These questions are designed to encourage the individual reader to think about what they have read, decide how it applies to them, and what action they intend to take as a result. The “journey” relates to the moment when the diagnosis is given, through the remainder of the dog’s life, to euthanasia and beyond.

All of us who buy or adopt a dog face heartbreak; their lives are shorter than ours. In My Dog Is Dying, What Do I Do?: Emotions, Decisions, and Options for Healing, Wendy Van de Poll tackles the trauma we feel when our time comes to part with a beloved dog. Easy to read, supportive, and helpful, it can be tailored by the reader to his or her personal circumstances. This is positively encouraged by the writing of a journal during the journey through shock and trauma to acceptance and joy in special memories. I felt that I had met Wendy Van de Poll, especially as she includes many references to her own feelings when her dog, Marley, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. If you are in need of guidance and a friend at this difficult time, this is the book for you.