Celebration of Life


“My passion is studying the human-animal connection and the important role our pets play in our lives.”

Our pets are an important part of our lives and losing them can be like losing a member of the family. They provide unconditional love, greet us with a wagging tail, and enjoy just being with us. Unfortunately, they leave us way too soon and their loss can be very difficult and the hole it leaves affects us in different ways. Besides having to handle the grief, we may also second guess the decisions we are suddenly forced to make. Unless you’re talking with another pet owner, other people may not understand how grieving their loss can lead to increased sadness and anxiety that may interfere with your ability to enjoy life.

I have been a pet owner most of my life and my passion is studying the human-animal bond and the important role our pets play in our lives. I have been involved in local dog clubs for over 25 years and competed in agility, obedience, conformation, herding and hunt test with my dogs. I trained two dogs as TOUCH therapy dogs, one of which was certified in animal-assisted crisis response.

I experienced the power of the human-animal bond and grief after losing a pet and ending a performance “career” after my dog’s injury. Enduring the prolonged rehabilitation process was a challenging and emotional experience leading to some closed doors while opening up others.
I have volunteered with my dogs and seen radical changes pets make in people’s recovery and lives. Sharing my therapy dogs with others has been an important part of my career as a social worker.

As a trained therapist and coach, I can help you work through the grief so you can celebrate your pet’s life in a way that will honor the relationship you had together.

Individual sessions available.

Individual: Monday-Friday (after 5:00 pm), Saturdays

Allison White, ACSW, LCSW, CCDP-D, CHC