Grieving Your Dog is Even Harder When He’s a Public Figure

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Grieving Your Dog is Even Harder When He’s a Public Figure

Fans of Edie Jarolim’s popular blog  Will My Dog Hate Me?, have spent years following the adventures of Frankie, her feisty rescue and muse.

Since last month, however, they’ve been witness to Frankie’s final adventure, to the Rainbow Bridge, or as Jarolim, put it, his “retirement.”

There was a wake for Frankie. It enabled his fans to share in Jarolim’s grief.

When Jarolim was deciding what to do next, she knew she wanted to keep Frankie’s memory alive.

Thus, the Frankie Fund was born.

It’s goal is to help homeless senior dogs receive the love, compassion and care they deserved all along.

Jarolim adopted Frankie nine years ago, when he was five or six years old.

“I wanted to provide senior dogs with palliative care at the end of their lives because Frankie left the world peacefully, knowing that he was loved, and I believe every dog deserved that same type of exit,” Jarolim told Pet360.

She has chosen Grey Muzzle, an organization that specializes in senior dog care, as the first recipient of a grant rom the fund. Grey Muzzle works to provide care for sick and dying seniors in homes that care for them through the end of their lives.  

She hopes to raise $5,000 for Frankie’s Fund by Christmas.

What does Jarolim think Frankie would say about all of this? “You're dedicating a fund in my name to seniors? Who are you calling senior?”

“Frankie was not a very self-aware dog,” Jarolim says.

To learn how you can donate to the Frankie Fund, go to Jarolim’s blog.

Editor’s Note: Photo of Frankie courtesy of Edie Jarolim.