A Glasgow counselor used her years as a dog walker to help grieving families whose pets have died.
Wendy Andrew, 45, is the founder of the Scottish Pet Bereavement Counseling Service, a business she started after having been around animals all her life and seeing the difficulty of losing one with her own eyes.
“I grew up on the outskirts of Glasgow with Labradors, my parents being retired Kennel Club registered breeders,” said Wendy. “I understand how strong the bond between humans and their pets can be – and how devastating it is to lose this companion.
“As a professional dog walker, from time to time we encounter the death of our dog customers. The incident that struck me the most and inspired me to take action was when Belle, who I had been walking since she was a puppy, took ibuprofen at home. Ibuprofen is very toxic to dogs and can be fatal. It was a very uncertain time.
“Its owners were completely clueless and I wanted to make sure I was supporting them in the right way.”
Wendy volunteered with a trainer and behaviorist for six months when she first became a dog walker. In 2019, she qualified as a Pet Bereavement Counselor and founded the Scottish Pet Bereavement Counseling Service.
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“When I graduated, I first helped my clients who were walking their dogs, but so many people told me that they wished they had support available to them when they mourn the loss of their dog. pet, ”she said. “So I decided to open up the service and make it accessible to all those who need it.
“I have worked with many people to help them cope with the loss of their pet, as it is as much a family member as anyone else and it can affect you. same way.
When Covid-19 hit, Wendy decided to write and self-publish her self-help book “How To Recover From The Loss Of Pets – Supporting You On Your Journey To Acceptance” – a book that became a # 1 new release in eight categories on Amazon.
“When the Covid-19 pandemic struck, I realized that writing a book was an effective way to reach out and support parents of grieving animals and an inexpensive alternative to counseling in these times of crisis. financial uncertainty and social restraint, ”she said. “I was inspired to write my book by my friend who is a life coach and who wrote her book, so we became responsible friends and supported each other during this process.
“In addition to counseling on grieving pets, I have taken other courses to learn about a range of topics that have been shown to benefit mental, emotional and physical health and well-being. I’ve been told that my advice and book is good for all kinds of losses and I myself was surprised at how this kind of support can apply to all walks of life.
“You can apply grief and the process of living with it to many different situations – from grieving early to moving on. “
To learn more, visit www.thescottishpetbereavementcounsellingservice.com