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Dear READERS:

With a sad heart, I must inform you that Molly, whose pen name had been “Daisy Dog” since 2002, died at age 14.

A white standard poodle, she was tall and elegant. Her intelligence was matched by her charm and gentle nature.
Her family misses her a great deal.

We have been working through our grief with the help of some resources we’d like to share. Look into them, so you’ll know about them when you need them.

Visit the Web sites of the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (www.aplb.org) and the Pet Loss Support Page (www.pet-loss.net).

Good books include “The Loss of a Pet” by Wallace Sife, and “When Your Pet Dies: How to Cope With Your Feelings” by Jamie Quackenbush and Denise Graveline.

For children of all ages (including my age), the picture book “Dog Heaven” by Cynthia Rylant is very consoling.

Next week, Daisy Dog’s pen will be taken up by Annie, a 5-year-old English setter who joined our family this summer. She is bright, playful, affectionate and eager to please.

I am certain she will provide educational and entertaining responses to your letters.

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