The other day, someone (I didn’t know) asked me “What is the hardest thing about having a dog?” I replied – the goodbye. Of course, this is truer than true when the loss is of one, we deeply love, but it is also true of those who touch our lives briefly, virtually, occasionally. Loss is a layered emotion, never easy, always cutting, forever impactful.
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I’m sad to tell you this, but Jan Naigus passed away on April 18, 2024.

Many of you know her from the extraordinary amount of therapy work she did with her Havanese Mickey, Allie, and Miguel. Overall, I don’t think anyone brought more joy to people than Jan and her dogs, who visited regularly and often in fun and creative costumes.

Jan quickly became my “dog show mom.” She talked me into my best crazy ideas and talked me out of my worst ones. She had a level head and a big heart and it’s hard to say how much I will miss her. I know I’m not the only one. -Kat

…and Joan Ambrose passed away on Thursday too. Words cannot describe how much she will be missed. -Jean

Joan has left an empty hole in my heart. Although we lived miles apart, we spoke almost every morning, and I would drink my coffee chatting with Joan. I have so many happy memories of the time and adventures spent with Joan. -Donna

She was a wonderful caring person. I’m glad I had the pleasure of working with her for so many years. -Claudia