Lord Byron...

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In loving memory of Byron.

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My dear friend Bess is grieving the recent passing of her beloved Byron. Byron lived a long happy life, showered with all the love and care that our loyal fur-kids truly deserve.

Bess and Rob,
I hope you find some comfort knowing you were as wonderful parents as a pooch could ever wish for- thank you for caring for Byron with such dedication and sensitivity.

Bess and Rob were married when they adopted Byron and while they decided to part ways- as many humans do- they never let this impact their love and commitment to Byron. They remained doting parents and successfully co-parented their Byron through it all.

I wish for all parents to follow their lead. Whether it's with human children or those with fur, continuing to provide protection, love, guidance and stability, regardless of the other stressors that life can present, is a fundamental responsibility of parenting. It is also how the human children around us learn empathy and a sense of personal responsibility.

Sadly our country's shelters are filled with thousands of loyal family pets relinquished due to divorce, remarriage, and all of the related circumstances that accompany life's changes. Despite the tireless efforts of shelter workers and rescue groups, the reality is that loyal companion animals frequently lose their homes- and in turn, their lives- in the wake of such unfortunate human circumstances.

The efforts of parents like Bess and Rob leave me hopeful that this tide will shift- and that more civic and societal support will become available to the many others who remain committed to these loyal, vulnerable little charges. Whether their humans realize it or not, much of the unconditional love, containment and protection one needs to weather life's challenges, is readily available and freely offered, by the loyal comrade already at their side.

On behalf of Byron, and others who remain protected by the loyalty of their humans- I am deeply grateful.

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Comments (10)

  • What a wonderful set of Parents sweet Byron had. I am so sorry for their loss and they are in my Prayers. Fly free Byron, and I know you and your parents will be reunited one day.

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too Dr. Pia. It’s that time of the year again when Daddy and I can keep track of the Sled Dog Races in Canada and Alaska. Now those dogs are just what I want to be; fast, strong and able to leap tall buildings with a single bound. Just kidding about the tall buildings, but they are really something. Each dog is checked by a team of vets before, during and after the race so they have good care. Some have topcoats just to make sure they don’t get cold and everyone has booties on their feet for protection from the ice. I know some think this is cruel, but I’ve seen them first hand and boy do they like to run with the team.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Dr. Pia & Family of Lord Byron,
    I know the pain and emptiness Lord Byron's family feel. He was so lucky to have such a wonderful family, and now our Warrior Prince Basil, ambassador at the Rainbow Bridge, can welcome him and introduce him. Herman the Cat is there and all the other missed furry family members. Love and hugs to your family and may your sweet memories comfort then.
    Regards,
    Lynn (Ruby)

  • Hi Dr. Pia and Sweet Minnow, How thoughtful of you to share this blog with us about handsome Lord Byron! He was so lucky to have such great parents who took such great care of him just like my Mom does! I know they miss him terribly and my prayers are with them and Lord Byron! Lynn and Ruby, I agree with you about wonderful Warrior Prince Basil being at the Rainbow Bridge to welcome Lord Byron! I know that our Cricket and the other sweethearts Mom had before me will be there to greet Lord Byron, also! My prayers go to everyone and sure hope all of you have a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are. - Anonymous

    It appears Byron was truly loved took a piece of your heart. So sorry for your loss.

  • Good morning Dr. Pia,
    Lord Byron sure was a good looking fellow. I bet he's with our warrior prince at the rainbow bridge right now.
    Pass on our condolences to Bess & Rob.
    Hey, Kirby Bear, you have a great time with your Dad. We like to watch the dog sled races, too. Why do some folks think the booties are cruel? I need to be educated.
    I have my sweater on today & Mimi says I won't be going to work tomorrow 'cause it's going to be way too cold. I'll stay at home with my nice brown fleece blankie that I love so much.
    Til tomorrow.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello Dr.Pia, and Lord Byron's family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. You were wonderful to give him such loving care. It gives us comfort to think of our beloved cat Herman on the rainbow bridge with Prince Basil, enjoying peace and giving welcome to our companion friends who need to go there. I wish you wonderful memories of the happy times spent together and take care. You are always welcome to speak to the glue squad buddies about your loss. Sincerely, Abby,Trace, James Dean the persian

  • Oh Pia~ Thank you so very much for this wonderful loving tribute to our boy...Byron was our love, our heart, our baby and our home.. he got us through the worst of days and never ever waivered in his unconditional love and devotion to us.. He was our greatest teacher... He was on the way to the shelter when he found us and I want everyone to know that adopting a pet will save their lives as well as the furry friend...Please I beg everyone to adopt ... It will be the best thing they ever do without a doubt.. We miss our Byron beyond all words and comprehension, and when we are reunited one day, we will dance. Much love to you my sweet wonderful friend...and thank you everyone for your sentiments.. Namaste <3

  • Dr.. Pia...being 17 year old cattledog (blue heeler) I can honestly say that there are humans that do a loving wonderful job of caring for us..and I hope every doggie gets a chance to experience it..Rest in peace, Lord Byron..love, Cora-Belle

  • Dear Dr.Pia,
    What a sweet tribute to Byron and your friends Bess and Rob, my heart goes out to them...I pray for their hearts to heal, and allow the good memories and deeds to sustain them with happiness...How wonderful that Byron had such sweet human parents.

    Your DW friend,
    delia & Kitty =^, ,^=

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