Animal Grief Animal Lessons

What’s The Missing Piece That Your Animal Represents?

When my beloved corgi Bailey passed away, I felt like a part of myself was missing.

But I also realized that she had showed me the part of my life that I need to embody.

She showed me how I could live life a little differently, and really tap into the side of me that I wasn’t embracing. The side of me that needed to shine.

She represented living in the moment. 

She didn’t worry. 

She enjoyed life, and in her less than twelve years of living, she lived a totally authentic life.

She knew who she was, and she was unapologetic about it.

Which made me realize:  If I could embrace that attitude and be FULLY ME, then I would honor her memory. I would live the life that she would want me to.

But also, letting go of worry and allowing myself to live a more full life would honor her too.

I also realized that the pain of her loss wouldn’t be as great if I move forward and live life the way that she did.

She was trying to SHOW ME HOW IT’S DONE!

You see, I grew up in an alcoholic environment. And many of us who have lived through that know, that we don’t learn to have fun. We often struggle to let go of control, and be carefree. 

Bailey was telling me that. She was trying to show me in this life to kick back, roll around and be playful.


After all, many of us animal lovers know that animals aren’t here to learn the lessons that we need to learn.

They’re already perfect in their own way! And that’s why they’re not here in this life as long as we are.

So, we need to take a look at their personality and take an honest look at how we live life.

Are we enjoying ourselves?

Are we allowing ourselves to play fully?

Are we caught up too much in worry and need to let go more?

How would your animal want YOU to be?

Live. Let go. Enjoy your time here on earth, because you won’t be here forever. We don’t want to reflect on our life at the end and realize we didn’t live fully, do we?

Examine how your animal lived. Notice how authentic and aligned they were with who they really are (or were).

Always be yourself, but embody the those traits that you admire in your animal, because they’re trying to tell you something.

There are many lessons to learn from them, and this is one of the great ones.

Many blessings to you.


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