Beloved Chihuahua, Tinkerbell Hilton, died after a long life, at least for a small dog. The New York Daily News reports that pet parent, Paris Hilton, is devastated by the loss. After all, they went everywhere together. That included appearing on talk shows.
Since our animal children are only allotted a short time with us, we pet parents tend to experience that soul-withering grief over and over again. I have been through it three times. The most recent was when Molly Mittens died of congestive heart failure, at age 13. That holiday season following her death I knew that I could only make it through if I got in touch with her through a pet medium.
Currently, seven-year-old rescue, Lily of the Valley, shares my life. Sometimes I slip and call him "Molly Mittens." After a while, these loves of our life just blend into a continuum of one fur ball.
Lily of the Valley and I wish Paris the strength to weather this emotional storm. It's irrelevant that she is also pet parent to about 17 other dogs.