Finding Comfort After Losing Your Beloved Pet – A Review of Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals

It’s a subject that NO pet lover wants to even think about, but one that we have all faced before, and one that (unfortunately) we will all face again. It’s Saying Goodbye to our beloved pets.

Allen and Linda Anderson, authors of Angel Dogs and Angel Animals, have written a powerful and emotionally charged book, Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals that’s full of great advice. Ironically, the book was sent to me to review for one of my blogs two days after my then 19 year old cat, Prissy, had a particularly bad stroke. She was still in really bad shape when I opened the package to reveal the particular title. While she pulled through the stroke and even celebrated her 20th birthday two months ago (!!!), at the time there was so much emotion running through my body that I threw the book in one of the bottom drawers of a dresser never used. It not only got the bottom drawer treatment – it got the bottom drawer treatment in a dresser I never think twice about!

I wanted the thought, and mere suggestion, that I could possibly one day have to say goodbye to this beautiful and sweet cat as far away from me as possible. Out of respect to the authors and publisher, I could not bring myself to throw it away – which is, of course what I wanted to do.

After Prissy healed – remarkably, at that – I rescued the book from its prison and decided to read it. I wanted to be able to share its wisdom and advice with people who were currently going through the hell I was so desperate to delay.

Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals is a perfect little book, with a cover so beautiful and peaceful that you find yourself staring at the scene. This book is all about finding comfort after losing your beloved pet.. I have had varying combinations of cats, dogs, rabbits, and hamsters since I was 3. The only constant has been cats. I have always, always had at least one precious cat. Currently I have three and they make my world a much sweeter place with their presence. Since I have always been surrounded by animals, I have had my experience with the sick feeling that comes from losing one.

Most pet lovers understand what you are going through when this happens, but there are some people who, while you are grieving (and yes, it is grieving) look at you as if to say, “So, get another one.” While they, honestly, do not mean to be insensitive, it does hurt for someone not to understand your pain.

That is one of the things I love most about Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals. The authors completely understand the pain – completely and totally. Their words are as comforting as a hug and their advice is right on the money. I wish I had this book during my previous pet losses, it would have been so comforting to have felt that hug!

This book offers comfort for those who have lost a pet to death as well as to those who have lost a runaway or “disappearing” pet. I know, from experience, that in a lot of ways, the second category is even worse. When you just do not know – the pain is excruciating – and you find yourself, helplessly, watching for days that turn into weeks and even weeks that turn into months.

Did I mention I have been there?!?!

Because of my ancient little Prissy, I have to admit that I read this book with tears running down my face. I did, however, find great comfort in knowing that others have walked the path I’m currently on as well as the one that is ahead, that I still cannot bring myself to think of. This is a very helpful and important book for every pet lover to have, especially if they are no longer able to avoid this path.