Dogs give us so much as companions. They can be a source of unconditional love, comfort and stability. They provide us with a sense of being needed and valued, as well as with non-judgmental acceptance of our failings. However, an unfortunate disadvantage of dogs is their comparatively short life span. Naturally, owners avoid thinking about their pets dying, so whatever the cause of death, they are seldom prepared for the loss when it comes. We hope that this section will help you with the practical and emotional realities of losing a much-loved pet.