Losing an emotional support animal is devastating. It is hard to know how to help a friend going through this experience. Random Acts staff member Bea knew she had to do something to show her support for a longtime Random Acts supporter who recently lost her dog. Bea first connected with Kati and her emotional support animal Ellie at a “Supernatural” convention in Paris. When Bea heard that Ellie had passed away, she knew she had to do something for Kati during this sad time.
Remembering a Friend
Bea wanted to find a gift that would be meaningful to Kati. So, she started by looking for small businesses that could ship between her country of Germany and the United Kingdom, particularly with COVID-19 related restrictions on shipping. Remembering that Kati had referred to Ellie as “crossing the rainbow bridge,” Bea ordered a rainbow bouquet of flowers. She also found a keychain with a pawprint and an angel wing and had it engraved with Ellie’s initials.
Both the flowers and the keychain arrived on the same day, along with a card giving condolences. Kati expressed her appreciation for the gesture to Bea, telling her that she loved that Bea and Random Acts thought of her. It was a bittersweet moment for Bea, who says, “I felt sad because Kati did just lose Ellie who was such a sweet dog, but happy I was able to give her something she could remember her with, as well as a sign that people are thinking of her and Ellie.” While it may not be easy to know what to say after someone suffers a loss, showing someone kindness through action is always appreciated.
Do you have an act of kindness you would like to perform for someone in your community? Our Regional Representatives can help you brainstorm your act and walk you through the process of applying for funding!