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A dog takes a quick break Monday while on a walk at Bay Point Park. The love and companionship offered by an animal is a cherished part of many owners’ lives, making the death of a pet an emotional experience. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

Saying goodbye to a good friend is never easy

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Owning a pet means friendship, responsibility and forming a loving bond that can last a lifetime.

The sad truth is that many owners outlive their companion animals, forcing them to begin a difficult grieving process not everyone acknowledges or understands.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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