There Is No Such Thing as “Just a Dog”

Conversations from the Heart - September 23rd 2022

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Family, Love, Healing

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

If you have a furry companion, you know one very important truth: there is no such thing as just a dog.

Today’s episode will connect you to the infinite love and gratitude you feel for your pets.

Rachel is speaking to you today from a very raw, vulnerable space. Her family has just said goodbye to her brother’s dog, Hammer. She shares the story of how her family tragically lost their first dog, her relationship with Pepper and how she handled his death, and how the passing of Hammer has is both hard and harrowing, but also beautiful and healing.

Losing a dog is like losing a very pure, innocent part of ourselves. But knowing that Hammer’s time was limited gave the family something very precious: vulnerability, honesty, love and presence.

Tune into today’s episode to honor your fur babies, to hold them in gratitude, and to hug them tight.

Key Takeaways

  • There is no such thing as just a dog.
  • Pets give us the most beautiful way to relate. Life with them is nothing but uncomplicated, unconditional love.
  • Losing a pet is a different kind of grief. We feel responsible for them.
  • Some beautiful things can be found in grief, too. We tell the truth more, we love each other harder, and we become more like ourselves.