Regular readers will know I love writing about pets and animals.
But while our pets give us so much, there is a sad side to ownership too and losing a beloved furry friend is devastating.
Two weeks ago, the Queen lost her final Corgi Willow, the last of 14 generations of the breed.
Willow was a descendant of Susan, the first Corgi her father King George VI gave her for her 18th birthday.
Her heartache is something every dog lover and owner will empathise with.
In the same week, TV favourite Paul O’Grady , 62, told of his heartache at putting down his Cairn Terrier Olga, 14, who was suffering kidney failure.
I interviewed pet bereavement counsellor Shona McLean of All Ears Pet Bereavement Counselling about exactly why it’s so upsetting to lose a pet, and how owners can cope for this article for the Sunday Mirror.
You can read the story in full by clicking on the PDF and visit Shona’s Facebook page here.
The Blue Cross has a 24 hour bereavement helpline on 0800 096 6606. Find out more at https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-bereavement-and-pet-loss