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 nearly 2 decades 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, CCFP, 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. Dr. Sugar has completed several courses on the use of expressive art therapy for grief. 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 has been a contributing author to the RVT Journal. She has also obtained her Human-Animal Bond Certification from HABRI and NAVC. Dr. Sugar is proud to have recently become a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP) which she hopes will provide her more supportive tools to assist Veterinarians, RVTs and veterinary support staff with mental health and compassion fatigue challenges.
Dr. Sugar lives with her wonderful family which includes her husband, daughter, & son. The family loves living with their three cats, Zoey, Zack and Everest. They are such sweet cats and give as much love and affection as they receive.