WELCOME Dear Dog Parents … thank you for being here


My name is Thea and that silly face above is my Dear Dog Kali! 

One of the hardest things I ever did was say goodbye to her. Kali and I shared a special bond, as I’m sure you do with your Dear Dog too. They are beloved members of our families, aren’t they?

Our family holiday photo, 1999.
Our family holiday photo, 1999.

When my husband, Mike, and I adopted Kali, she changed us from a couple to a family overnight. Kali was our first dog together, and taught us so much.

Mike called her his Number One Dog. I called her my Best Friend. Together we called her Baby Bups.

After 15 wonderful years with Kali, we faced the difficult decision most Dog Parents eventually face—to euthanize their Dear Dog. Perhaps you’re facing that decision now, or maybe it’s right around the corner and you know it’s coming.

Either way, we want you to know we’re here for you. 

When Mike and I went through this process with Kali, we were on our own. We felt so alone—and sad and scared and confused. We don’t want you to feel that way. We want to hold your hand through this process. There are things we wish we had known beforehand, things that would have made the experience and our grief afterward more bearable. We want to share everything we learned, such as:

  • how to know when it’s the right time to euthanize your Dear Dog
  • what kind of arrangements to make so your Dear Dog can die peacefully at home
  • what to expect during and after the euthanasia process and how to prepare
  • meaningful ways to memorialize your Dear Dog’s life
  • how to cope with the grief (and guilt) afterward

While not everyone will understand, we do. Losing your Dear Dog is just as painful as losing a person.  

Kali gave us so much love and laughter during her life! We’re grateful for our time with her, and are in no way surprised she continues to teach us even now. 

In celebration of our love for Kali, we’re here to support you. 

Dorothea and Mike

A world without Kali
How can that be?
For she was my Dear Dog
And meant the world to me.

Kali Deley June 1999 — July 2015