140 days later and we still miss you, your madness, your stubbornness, your grumbling and your ability to harass José and Corinne for treats (which I enjoyed too). I miss harassing you – jumping on you just before you went for a walk, taking away the ball from you and refusing to part with it… I miss playing with you…. To paraphrase President Biden, “Everything was instantly better when you were next to us.”
Corinne quietly copied some images that people had shared in on Twitter about the loss of a dog in response to Champ’s passing. She asked me if I’d like to share it with you and I agreed.
It been hard for me and my folks to cope with loss of Pablo. Imagine how hard it must be for children to lose a pet. When Corinne told me about this book, Balloons For Tiger, I knew I had to share details about it here.
Watch the trailer of Balloons For Tiger
How can children begin to heal after losing a pet? Balloons for Tiger takes an imaginative look at this tough topic as colorful balloons travel from the hands of children to their beloved cat who has passed on. This book lets children open up their hearts and imaginations for a magical journey to the farthest corners of the world, where they’ll meet skydivers, astronauts, superheroes, and everything in between. As they watch the balloons voyage to the other side of the rainbow bridge, they learn to positively process their grief. Balloons for Tiger is a great tool for any child who has experienced the loss of a pet- or any other loved one, too.
Lori Orlinsky is a multi-award-winning children’s book author who lives in Chicago. She was inspired to tell this story after her family experienced the loss of their beloved eighteen-year-old cat, Tiger. Unable to find books about pet loss to help her young kids cope with their grief, Lori wrote Balloons for Tiger. She hopes this book will help others, too.