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).

In 2016, I trained and became a certified Pet Loss and Bereavement Counsellor with the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB). 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.