Judy McGuire's advice column in the Seattle Weekly
featured the plight of one reader who, after breaking up with her boyfriend, found it even more difficult to say goodbye to his dogs. Indeed, the presence of pets in our homes can feel so natural that it can be hard to cope when they move out with a former housemate, like so much furniture.
McGuire gives the very good and practical recommendation that the writer volunteer at an animal shelter to work through their grief. However, we wonder what else might be helpful to either honor or avoid memories that remain tied to the home.
• I'm Over Him, but Not the Dogs - Seattle Weekly