Losing a much-loved pet is a sad and difficult time for the whole family.
Sharing our lives with pets brings us great joy, companionship and fun – and when they are gone the house can seem strange and empty. But however painful the circumstances, there comes a time when you are able to look back and smile at happy memories, funny stories and treasured pictures.
Lost and Fond is a website that launched in 2010 to provide a warm and welcoming place for people to share fond memories of the pets they have loved and lost down the years.
Many people say the website has brought them great comfort, including Norma Smalley who lost her special companion, Candy the Jack Russell Terrier, back in 1988.
She chose to share stories and pictures of her pet on the website and says it’s brought her great comfort.
“Candy was a very special dog to me. I’ve had other pets before and since but she was a one-off who will always have the most special place in my heart.”
It's free to create an online pet memorial on Lost and Fond, but optional donations – however small – are encouraged for the website’s pet charity of the year which is currently Rhodesian Ridgeback Welfare Trust.
The website's creator, Elaine Pritchard, said:
"I am pleased that people are finding comfort from the supportive online community of pet lovers that is growing at Lost and Fond. I'd like to hear from anyone who has ideas for features on the website or who needs any help creating a memorial page for their pet."
Elaine - who also writes Winnie's Dog Blog - can be contacted at email@example.com, and you can also sign up for a monthly Lost and Fond email newsletter to keep you in touch with what's new on the website.