I am so moved by the tremendous response I have already received after the Community Pet Memorial Service today that I wanted to write this entry while the images of today are still fresh. What an afternoon! I had many hopes for this event, but the implementation is always in question until it happens. Creating something that has never been done before is exciting…and scary. But I suppose I should be used to this emotional juxtaposition after starting Whole Animal itself in 2010! Today’s event demonstrated that the time really has come to recognize the loss of our animals like that of any other family member, and also that there is strength in community when we do this together. My hope is that we will continue to be able to share our stories, and bring our “open, broken hearts” to the process. Thank you, Julie Interrante, for that powerful concept.