Anna Marie Tendler after her pet died: She was the biggest support after my divorce

"We fused even more deeply together in an attuned and totally symbiotic relationship. She never let me out of her sight."

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Anna Marie Tendler after her pet died: She was the biggest support after my divorce

Anna Marie Tendler is paying tribute to the dog that helped her through the sad times after her divorce from John Mulaney. Petunia, her dog, passed away two months ago. Tendler spoke in a message to the media about the influence Petunia had during the most difficult times for her.

They were as one. "Petunia and I moved to Connecticut in December 2020, in the wake of my severe mental health breakdown and what appeared to be the impending end of my marriage," Tendler wrote in Elle, as quote by eonline.com "We fused even more deeply together in an attuned and totally symbiotic relationship.

She never let me out of her sight." Petunia was her biggest support, and she knew what it was all about. She kept an eye on her 'owner' and took care of her. The support of her dog was crucial in healing. "She watched me intently," Tendler added, "as if I was the thing she now needed to guard, though, where guarding once incited her primal rage, she would now guard me with the deepest kind of love I had ever known."

Anna Marie Tendler on the hard times

When Tendler had suicidal thoughts and struggled with depression, her dog was the only thing she longed for.

Petunia is an example of how a dog can be a huge support and a source of hope in the most difficult times for you. "When I was hospitalized for depression, self-harm, and severe suicidal ideation in the first two weeks of 2021, the doctors asked me to make a list of my reasons for living," Tendler recalled. "Petunia was the one and only thing on that list." Tendler is forever grateful to Petunia for everything.

"I told her how grateful I was for her love and companionship," Tendler continued. "I promised her that I was okay and that I would be okay without her; crushed, lonely, but okay. I thanked her for staying with me—for guarding me—until I was strong enough to survive without her."

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