Canine Companions – In Life and Death

Nancy and Tyson

I started in Animal Assisted Therapy with my canine co-therapist Tyson, a retired greyhound racer. We worked with persons with disabilities (mental, physical and cognitive) at TEAM Work Cooperative in Halifax. Tyson died in 2016. In 2018, I adopted Taurus, also a retired greyhound racer – now a Therapy Dog.

Inspired by Tyson, I founded, and was the first President of the Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). https://www.ccpa-accp.ca/chapters/animal-assisted-therapy-counselling/

In 2016, I trained and became a certified Pet Loss and Bereavement Counsellor with the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB). https://www.aplb.org The APLB has excellent resources, including a program of on-line chats for persons suffering the loss of a beloved pet.

Below is an article on grieving a beloved animal for which I was interviewed in 2021 by SALTWIRE Press.

https://www.saltwire.com/nova-scotia/lifestyles/devastating-loss-for-pet-parents-saying-goodbye-to-beloved-animals-grieving-the-same-as-losing-a-family-member-100613363/