Close up of Bugz who is wearing a silver pinch color and standing in front of a bare tree. His nose is white and so is his neck. He's black starting from behind his eyes including his ears.

Helping Kids Cope With Pet Loss

He was 13 years old, or at least, that was our guess. We rescued our feisty French bulldog, Bugz, 11 years ago, and he instantly became a family member. He was there for the milestones of marriage, career change, new home and children. He had some challenging quirks to him, caused by an abusive past, but that made us just love him even more.

A brown stone ledge of a fountain with coins on it

“I Wish That Mommy Never Dies” — Helping My Preschooler Cope With Grief and Loss

While visiting family during Christmas break, we decided to grab a bite to eat. I saw a fountain that would be a great distraction for my impatient four-and-a-half-year old while we waited to be seated. As I handed my son pennies to toss into the water, I had no idea that he would have such a powerful wish.

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