Dr. Sugar has always had a passion for two things: caring for animals and caring for the people who love them. From this passion, Pawsitive Resources was founded.

It began over a decade ago after the loss of her beloved dog.  Trying to cope with her own grief, she began searching for a book to help her explain death to her very young daughter. She wanted a children’s story that she and her daughter could share together along with a resource to provide some helpful age specific advice about how to explain death to children. She never found the book she needed, so she wrote a little story for her daughter in memory of their cherished dog and began her research and continuing education on bereavement in children.

With the support, encouragement and dedication of her close friend and fellow veterinarian, Dr. Teresa Woolard, this book was published in the hopes of helping other families. The goal was to make it easily and readily accessible for veterinarians to provide for their clients with children after the loss of a pet. Through the years, with all the wonderful, positive feedback and support from veterinarians, technicians, support staff and clients, Pawsitive Resources expanded to include a number of sympathy resources available to veterinary clinics across Canada.

Pawsitive Resources provides quality, thoughtful products to assist veterinarians in providing every client with care and support during the loss of a companion animal. Pawsitive Resources is a Canadian company and is environmentally conscious in our production and shipment of products.  Our print products are FSC certified to ensure sustainable forests for all living creatures.

Dr. Amy Sugar, BSc, D.V.M, Pet Bereavement Counselor (APLB Certified)

Dr. Sugar graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with honours from the University of Guelph. Throughout her years working as a small animal veterinarian, she has pursued continuing education on pet loss and grieving and has supported many families in coping with the loss of their beloved pet. As well, she has completed the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement Certification course for counseling in pet loss bereavement.  Over the years, she has authored several articles and books on pet loss and grieving in children. She presents lectures and clinic seminars for veterinarians, veterinary staff and veterinary students on euthanasia, pet loss and grieving.  Dr. Sugar is currently a contributing author to the RVT Journal.

Dr. Sugar lives with her wonderful family which includes her husband, daughter, & son.  The family just welcomed three abandoned kittens, Zoey, Zack and Everest who are very cuddly and tons of fun.

Pet Loss Products

When Friendship Lives Beyond the Stars

When Friendship Lives Beyond the Stars: A Resource Book to Help Children Cope with the Death of a Pet

Used for over a decade by veterinary clinics, veterinary teaching hospitals and grief counsellors as a resource to help children cope with the loss of a pet.

An illustrated children’s book aimed at younger children which encourages expression of emotions surrounding loss and sadness. This book features a pet dog in the illustrated children’s story.

A resource section at the back includes age specific advice on explaining death to children and answers to commonly asked questions.

Price: $9.30 + tax
Purchase Codes: AVP 9130200, VP 6890800, WDDC 108197

Also available in French(French Version) VP 6890810 or contact info@pawsitiveresources.com.

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Our love lives on for miles in heaven

Our Love Lives on For Miles in Heaven: A Healing Book for Children and Teens Grieving the Loss of
 a Pet

This brand new book consisting of three parts. Each part is designed to support families through their grief and assist them to begin healing their hearts.

Part I: An illustrated children’s story which chronicles one family’s journey through the loss of their beloved cat, the emotions they feel and the steps they take to work through their grief and healing.

Part II: Suggestions for healing activities and memorial ideas which families can participate in together.

Part III: A Resource guide for parents to provide guidance through the difficult discussions surrounding death and the emotions surrounding the grief of pet loss. Includes a section on companion animal grief.

Price: $12.99 + tax

Purchase Codes:  AVP 9130190, VP 6890950, WDDC 133582

Also available in eBook version – coming soon.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The Farley Foundation

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Our Collection of Heartfelt Sympathy Cards

Beloved Pet Sympathy Card

Inside verse: “A true friend and loyal companion lives forever within the heart.”

Inside image: Blue heart with imprinted pawprints

Packages include 25 sympathy cards with white envelopes.

Price: $22.99 + tax / package 25
Purchase Codes: AVP 9130208, VP 6890970, WDDC 135478

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Large dog sympathy card

Large Canine Sympathy Card

Inside verse: “We would like to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved pet.  We hope you take comfort in remembering all the wonderful times you shared together. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.”

Packages include 25 sympathy cards with white envelopes.

Price: $22.99+ tax / package 25
Purchase Codes: AVP 9130203, VP 6890996, WDDC 120172

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Feline sympathy card

Feline Sympathy Card

Inside verse: “We would like to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved pet.  We hope you take comfort in remembering all the wonderful times you shared together. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.”

Packages include 25 sympathy cards with white envelopes.

Price: $22.99 + tax / package 25
Purchase Codes: AVP 9130202, VP 6890994, WDDC 120171

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Small dog sympathy card

Small Canine Sympathy Card

Inside verse: “We would like to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved pet.  We hope you take comfort in remembering all the wonderful times you shared together. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.”

Packages include 25 sympathy cards with white envelopes.

Price: $22.99 + tax / package 25
Purchase Codes: AVP 9130206, VP 6890998, WDDC 124931

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Feline Black and White Sympathy Card

Inside verse: We wish to extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy over the loss of your beloved cat. We hope you are comforted by all the wonderful memories of your precious time together.

Packages include 25 sympathy cards with white envelopes.

Price: $21.99 + tax / package 25

Portion of the proceeds will be donated to OVC Pet Trust for Feline Health and Welfare

Purchase Codes: AVP 9130207, VP 6890984, WDDC 134070

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Exotic animals

Exotics Sympathy Card

A beautifully hand painted original design by a Canadian artist which thoughtfully memorializes exotic companion animals. Inside verse: “We wish to extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy over the loss of your beloved pet.”

Packages include 25 sympathy cards with white envelopes.

Price: $22.99 + tax / package 25
Purchase Codes: AVP 9130205, VP 6890982, WDDC 122355

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Equine Sympathy Card

Equine Sympathy Card

Inside verse: “Deep in my soul, and etched in my heart; You have become and will remain a part of me. Your beauty and grace, your spirit in flight; With eternal presence, you will forever run free. With our deepest sympathy,”

Packages include 25 sympathy cards with white envelopes.

Price: $22.99 + tax / package 25
Purchase Codes: AVP 9130204, VP 6890980, WDDC 122354

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Photo Memory Card

Photo Memory Card

A lovely bifold card that can be personalized with a photo or an ink impression of the pet’s paw print. A thoughtful keepsake for clients to commemorate their beloved pet.

Package includes 10 bifold cards with white envelopes.

Price: $21.99+ tax / package 10
Purchase Codes: AVP 9130292, VP 6890600, WDDC 117320

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In loving memory fur keepsake

In Loving Memory Fur Keepsake

Lovely 4“ X 6” organza bag with textured, soft velvet paw prints and satin drawstring. Thoughtful keepsake to fill with beloved pet’s fur or collar tags.
Includes a memory tag to place in bag and personalize with pet’s name.

Supplied in packages of 12 organza bags with 12 ‘in loving memory’ tags.

Price: $12.99+ tax / package 12
Purchase Codes: AVP 9130230, VP 6890400, WDDC 130978

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Roll of paw heart envelope seals

Roll of Paw & Heart Envelope Seals

These high quality stickers add that special touch when sealing a condolence card.

Supplied in rolls of 100 stickers.

Price: $6.99+ tax / roll of 100 stickers
Purchase Codes: AVP 9130350, WDDC 132017, VP 6890650

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Sympathy card box

Sympathy Card Box for Small Animal Clinics

A collection of heartfelt sympathy cards designed with your clients in mind.
Stored in a sturdy, refillable, space saving container.

Includes:

  • 10 Canine Sympathy Cards
  • 10 Feline Sympathy Cards
  • 10 Beloved Pet Sympathy Cards
  • 10 Exotic Sympathy Cards
  • 5 Photo Memory Cards
  • Plus: 45 white envelopes
  • Bonus: 100 Envelope Seals – FREE

Price: $54.99 each + tax
Purchase Codes: AVP 9130360, VP 6890500, WDDC 122356

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Preparing to say goodbye to your pet brochure

Preparing to Say Goodbye to Your Pet Brochure

Sensitively addresses concerns surrounding euthanasia and aftercare. Helps pet owners prepare for end of life decisions.

Supplied in packages of 25.

Price: $6.50 + tax / package of 25
Purchase Codes: AVP 9130302, VP 6890705, WDDC 121682

Also available in French – French version VP 6890710 or  contact info@pawsitiveresources.com.

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