I have been on the radio in New York City for over 20 years reaching millions of listeners. I am also a huge animal advocate involved with many local shelters, rescues, and organizations. Animals can’t speak for themselves so my microphone is often used for their advancement. For 16 of those 20 years, my dog “Clarice the Wonder Pug” was a large part of my on-air conversation.

When Clarice died in 2006, the outpouring of the listeners’ sympathy and care through their e-mails was astounding. I found myself comforted by them and realized the wealth of support I received was unique. Their personal real-life stories sent in e-mails helped me get through my grief and helped me realize I was not alone in my feelings.

Pet loss in our society is not understood the same way a family member’s death is; although sometimes the loss is even more devastating to a person. Most pet loss books on the market are either from a psychologist’s or a therapist’s perspective; a religious angle; or aimed at children and how to deal with loss in their young lives. And that’s where “Clarice and Friends” comes in: “Clarice and Friends” is different. Its unique perspective is from people just like you and me; real-life people who loved their pets and lost them. I believe “Clarice and Friends” will help you realize you are not alone and it is ok to feel as you’re feeling.

As you read through “Clarice and Friends,” substitute your pet for “dog” and substitute your pet’s name for “Clarice” and you will find the comfort in these e-mails just as I did. I hope “Clarice and Friends”  helps you through your difficult moments with your four-legged friends and ultimately brings you peace with your loss and eases your pain.

As Eugene O’Neill stated in “The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog”: I ask my Master and my Mistress to remember me always, but not to grieve for me too long…..Now I would ask her, for love of me, to have another. It would be a poor tribute to my memory never to have a dog again.


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