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When the four-legged Frasier star Eddie died some years back, his Hollywood actor/ co-star was devastated. The Jack Russell - whose real name was Moose - played Kelsey Grammer's sidekick on the show for 10 years. Eddie died from old age at his Los Angeles home.

His trainer, Mathilde Halberg, told America's People magazine: "He was 16-and-a-half years old, and he just had an incredible charisma and was such a free spirit. I saved him from the dog pound. His owners called me as a last resort. He was extremely mischievous, always escaping, chewing up things and running off. Once he killed a neighbour's cat and chased some horses - that was him." 


Moose wasn't limited to acting as Eddie Crane in Frasier. Moose made his movie debut in the film My Dog Skip, alongside Kevin Bacon and Frankie Muniz.

Frasier was not the furry star's only brush with fame, as Moose wasn't limited to just acting as Eddie Crane in Frasier. Moose worked on commercials for Rold Gold pretzels, and in 2000, made his movie debut (with his son, Enzo), in the film My Dog Skip, alongside Kevin Bacon and Frankie Muniz.

However, it was most certainly his role on Frasier as Eddie that landed him fame. Kelsey Grammer made sure to recognize Moose when accepting his Emmy Award for Best Actor in 1994. "'Most important, Moose, this is for you,' Grammer added good naturedly.

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Understanding grief after the loss of a pet

For most people, a pet is typically not famous nor do they have famous national stories like 'Moose', but they're also not “just a dog” or “just a cat.” Pets are beloved members of the family and, when they die, you feel a significant, even traumatic loss. The level of grief depends on several factors, such as your age, your personality, the age of your pet, and the circumstances of their death. Generally, the more significant the loss, the more intense the grief you’ll feel.

Grief can be complicated by the role the animal played in your life. For example, if your pet was a working dog or a helper animal such as a guide dog, then you’ll not only be grieving the loss of a companion, but also the loss of a co-worker or the loss of your independence. If you cared for your pet through a protracted illness, you likely grew to love him or her even more. If you lived alone and the pet was your only companion, coming to terms with his loss can be even harder. If you were unable to afford expensive veterinary treatment to prolong the life of your pet, you may even feel a profound sense of guilt.

Everyone grieves differently…

Grieving is a personal and highly individual experience. Some people find grief comes in stages, where they experience different feelings such as denial, anger, guilt, depression, and eventually acceptance and resolution.

Others find that grief is more cyclical, coming in waves, or a series of highs and lows. The lows are likely to be deeper and longer at the beginning and then gradually become shorter and less intense as time goes by. Still, even years after a loss, a sight, a sound, or a special anniversary can spark memories that trigger a strong sense of grief.

*    The grieving process happens only gradually. It can’t be forced or hurried—and there is no “normal” timetable for grieving. Some people start to feel better in weeks or months. For others, the grieving process is measured in years. Whatever your grief experience, it’s important to be patient with yourself and allow the process to naturally unfold.

*     Feeling sad, frightened, or lonely is a normal reaction to the loss of a beloved pet. Exhibiting these feelings doesn’t mean you are weak, so you shouldn’t feel ashamed.

*    Trying to ignore your pain or keep it from surfacing will only make it worse in the long run. For real healing, it is necessary to face your grief and actively deal with it. By expressing your grief, you’ll likely need less time to heal than if you withhold or “bottle up” your feelings. Write about your feelings and talk with others about them.

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