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Jen dePadua, Owner

B.A. Psychology
Certified Pet Loss Grief Specialist

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I love to crochet, sing, watch old sitcoms, listen to 80s and 90s music, and spend time with my family and getting cat cuddles. I taught myself to crochet many years ago when I first started dealing with some debilitating illnesses and needed something to do other than just lay in bed! I started with easy blankets that I brought to my local animal shelter, and then ventured into learning patterns. My first animal was a reindeer, which I still have, and often laugh at it and am proud of how I've grown since then. From catnip toys, to amigurumi animals, wall hangings, and pet memorial plushies, you'll find quite a selection on my website and Etsy shop. 
I have always been an avid animal lover and am passionate about animal welfare and rescue. I have never lived in a home without at least one pet. I have also recently become a Certified Pet Loss Grief Support Specialist. Unfortunately, I have personally experienced losing 6 animals over the last 8 years. Four were quite traumatic and sudden, two were after a longer illness, but the way they passed was unexpected. So, unfortunately, I have had my share of issues trying to work my way through the grief, anger, guilt, tears, and all the other messiness that goes with it, both short and long term. I am also active with a pet rescue organization and have friends who are avid animal lovers just like me, and my husband and daughter have suffered these losses too, however, I still felt mostly alone in my grief. I talked about it openly with them a few times, but didn’t want to make them feel even more sad by bringing it up all the time, or didn’t want people to get sick of me talking about, so I mostly dealt with it on my own. It would have been nice if I had someone in this realm or a support group to work through it with. I’d like to be that person and offer that space for other people, which is why I am proud to offer individual pet loss grief sessions as well as virtual support groups. 

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