Unfortunately, many of us know all too well what it feels like to lose a beloved pet, including comedian Sarah Silverman. This week, Silverman—known for her no-holds-barred satirical persona—personally penned an “obituary type thing” for her Chihuahua-Pug, and it has been making the rounds online, tugging at the heartstrings of pet owners everywhere.
In it, she recounts how Duck “Doug” Silverman came into her life, as well as the difficult moments of witnessing his last breathe:
“And then, over the weekend, I knew. It was time to let him go."
My longest relationship.
My only experience of maternal love.
My constant companion.
My best friend.
It always tickled me that even though we were different species He was my best friend Duck left me today but I forgi… http://t.co/AKd2D6EyBI— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 4, 2013
Silverman’s heartfelt expression of love for her animal is a shining example of the power of the human-animal bond. Not surprisingly, many pet owners around the country are sharing similar stories with The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) through its “Share Your Story” forum on habri.org. Stories like these are critical for HABRI in understanding the physical, emotional and psychological benefits of the human-animal bond.
Pet retailers—and the entire industry—should encourage pet owners to share their stories. As HABRI puts it, “by providing awareness and education opportunities both retailers and their customers can help facilitate positive spending habits and education to perpetuate knowledge surrounding the importance of the human-animal bond.”
I think that’s something the entire industry can get behind.