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Each week in Moms Talk, our council of smart moms will take your questions, and share stories and solutions. Moms, dads, grandparents and the diverse families who make up our community will have a new resource for questions about the thousands of issues that arise while raising children.
Today's Topic: How do you prepare your kids for the death of a beloved pet?
This week's question comes from columnist Charlene Ross:
Our dog is very sick and it looks like she doesn't have much longer. How do we prepare our kids for the inevitable? This is our first family pet. She is 10-years-old. We rescued her six years ago when she was four. I really thought we'd have so much longer with her. Like any pet she is part of our family, and I'm not sure how the kids are going to handle it.
If we have to put her down do I take them with me? If she dies peacefully in our home do I let them see her afterwards? I am at a true loss as to what to do.