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About Me:

  • I am a licensed clinical therapist though I no longer practice as the career was too heavy for me. I’ve made peace with the fact that life doesn’t always follow the path we intended.
  • I am divorced, happily remarried, and live with my husband and two adopted dogs. …


Anecdote | Personal development

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This Valentine’s Day marks my three-year “adopt-a-versary” with Millie. It was the worst Valentine’s Day of my life.

I adopted Millie too soon after my soul dog, Tovi, died, naively thinking that getting another dog would make my insurmountable pain disappear — as if relationships could just transfer. I was…


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I just came across an article demonizing Intuitive Eating (IE), and it broke my heart. I shouldn’t have read it, but I couldn’t resist. I’m sitting here crying — literally shaking — after reading so much misinformation about an entire philosophy that I practice not only myself but as an…


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Content warning: Eating disorders, eating disorder recovery

I’ve been missing for a while now. Not in a physical sense, but I’ve checked out of life. It started slowly and insidiously. It always does, and it’s so subtle that until I’m overcome with exhaustion, I don’t even realize I’ve left. I…


DOGS | LIFE LESSONS | LOVE

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“Did you hear Angel go her tail cropped?”

“Of course, it’s been the talk of the dog park.”

“She’s so fancy with her flashy collars, perfectly groomed paws, and designer clothes. And if I hear one more time about her raw diet and her daily workout routine with her hooman…


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A woman in my community posted a rant on my neighborhood’s social media page describing an incident between her and the owner of another dog in hopes the “perpetrator” (owner of the leashed dog) would see it.

“To the man who…”

She went on to describe that her dog was…


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On January 27, 2018, my heart dog died. A “Heart Pet” is an unofficial term for the pet equivalent of a soul mate. If we’re lucky, we all have one. The day your pet comes into your life will change you forever, and so does the day he dies.

Grief…


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At the moment, it seems exciting to take on something new. Commit to a concert even though I hate large crowds. Make lunch plans with a friend I have no interest in seeing. Accept a new job without thinking about what the work will actually entail.

It’s hard to slow…


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Dear Tovi,

Yesterday I had no choice but to get a new cell phone. I held onto my ancient iPhone 5 as long as I could.

No matter how slow that phone was, I couldn’t bring myself to get a new one because of the memories that phone held.

I…


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When I began my journey of writing on Medium, I intended to write about the relationships we share with our pets. There was one snafu though: I was terrified at the thought of how my work would be received. …

Elizabeth Weiner

Forever a work in progress. Writing about pets, body image, self, and other reflections. Always written with vulnerability and authenticity.

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