Dear Brave Friend

When I signed up to showcase Dear Brave Friend here, I hardly thought I’d be grieving the loss of our Pablo. It seems so relevant now.

Dear Brave Friend

This gentle and heartwarming story captures the love between a boy and his dog, and the sadness that follows after his cherished dog passes away. Written in the form of a letter from the dog to the boy, the letter shares relatable, real life examples of how the boy (and therefore anybody who has lost a dear pet) may be feeling and suggestions on what he can do to help himself get through this most difficult time. The letter also touches on simple acts of kindness that can follow the reader throughout his or her lifetime. The message in this story is applicable to young and old, girl or boy, and to any family pet that has stolen your heart. Story starters, drawing pages, and a place to add pictures of your own beloved pet are also included in the back of the book.

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Dear Brave Friend

Leigh Ann Gerk MA, LPC has been in the counseling field for over eleven years. She is certified in Pet Loss & Grief Companioning and the founder and owner of Mourning to Light Pet Loss providing individual and family counseling for anyone grieving the loss of a pet. She currently offers 3 free pet loss support groups in Northern Colorado and is excited to branch out and offer more. Having grown up on a farm, Leigh Ann’s childhood playmates included baby calves, horses, bunnies, dogs, and 32 cats that set up house in a boxcar that also served as her playhouse. This upbringing introduced her, at a very young age, to the human-animal bond and instilled in her a deep understanding of, and love for, this extraordinary relationship. Leigh Ann and her husband, Andy, live in Loveland, Colorado, and are the proud parents of identical twin daughters, Heather and Heidi. Their family is made complete by their first grandchild and their cherished therapy dog, Gracie. Visit Leigh Ann online at

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Rest In Peace Pablo

It’s with great sorrow that José, Lucky and I bade farewell to our dearest Pablo on 31 January morning. He would have been 12 on 18 February. We know that he led a full and happy life and for that we are grateful. Rest in peace Pablo, our sweet boy!

Taken on 17 February 2019 – a day before his 10th birthday

Rest In Peace Pablo

As much as we know that he is beyond suffering now, we cannot but be sad at his passing. He was such an integral part of our daily lives. As José said, there’s a hole in our lives! Yes, there’s a Pablo-shaped hole in our lives and one that can never be filled. We’ll eventually stop grieving as we are now, but we’ll never stop remembering and loving him.

I have so much to write about this special dog, but I can’t see the screen for my tears. In the coming days, I’ll be writing about him and using this space to create something positive to honour the memory of our lovely boy!

Rest in peace, champ! And thank you for everything you were to us. ♥