Sep 05, 2012
7. Never say "Never again." Avoid declarations such as "I will never get another pet." These statements hinder healing.
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It's been a week since we had to put our dog Maxwell (Golden Retriever) to sleep. I am still very upset about the whole thing. A visit to the vet ended up being his last visit. We never knew that our dog had cancer of the liver and other problems going on. He was only 10 and just had his checkup and annual shots 2.5 months prior and was fine other than his allergies. He was such a loving dog and was a big comfort to me and I am still in shock that he is gone. His brother Rudy misses him, I know he does as he seems sad;( They are from the same litter and have never been separated other than a couple of hours if one was at vet. My two dogs have gotten me through my 2 sons being overseas and serving their country. Rudy likes to play and Maxwell always liked to cuddle even though he was a 80LB dog :) I miss him so much. Even though I have Rudy his brother, it's not the same for me as Maxwell was the one who would look at me when I spoke and Rudy was chewing his toys. I know Rudy misses his brother and feels sad, but I really miss my Maxwell. I know Rudy is helping me get through this, bit it is really tough. I know time will help me heal and I do have Rudy but it is just not the same and I feel sad all the time because I didn't expect him to leave us when he did.
I'm so sorry you lost your Maxwell! I just lost my beautiful dog on Sept. 20, also unexpectedly, and I miss her every day. I know what you mean about Rudy, because I still have my other dear dog, but each relationship is unique and different, and no one can fill the place of the one who died. We had many beautiful shared years together, and she will always be in my heart. I send lots of healing thoughts your way.
I had the sad job of calling a home visit vet to euthanize two pets at once, just last week. One deteriorated over time, the other, less sick, was telling me she was sick, but I missed the signs until I added them up while she spent an entire day under a piece of furniture, unwilling to eat, drink, or use the litter box. The convergence of both pets suffering badly (we had four) was horrible. We spent the past weekend crying, remembering and doing most of the suggestions you made in this article. We probably have various stages of healing yet ahead, as there are three of us and we had strong but different attachments to all four pets. I wrote a Facebook "note" called "Two Dogs, Two Cats" and thus enabled many friends to know what had happened and respond with their many passionate condolences. Many friends who knew my 17 year old dog and 15 year old cat cried with me. Today is better than the past three days were. But these are decisions that are very painful yet necessary and compassionate; that pet owners must make when we decide to have fur babies. And I still say they are SO worth the work and the pain when they are gone. Well timed read for me. Thanks. T
I have a not so beautiful 18/12 yr old cat who is the love of my life she was the most gorgeous cat GOD ever made the greenest eyes which have faded . She is skin and bones but continues to use her litter box eats small amounts of food. She is still soooo loving and wants to be close to my husband and myself. I am having a very hard time seeing her so rundown. Am I wrong I figured if it is her time God will take her, I know I am not ready to let her go.Can an animal be your best friend? I think she is mine.When my husband was in the hospital for 3 months she would meet me at the back door, I cried and held her until we both fell asleep! I have mourned her loss for months now and still do not know what to do! Anyone have a word for me? thanks always
Hi Maria, I just read your post. I hope you are ok. I just lost my precious little dog on Sept. 20. I know how the grief comes in waves and I will miss her always, but it comforts me to know that she and I found each other and shared so much happiness and love for 11 years. You and your gorgeous girl are lucky to have found each other and I think your souls will be always linked. Blessings to you and yours.
I tend to bond tightly to my pets; and when the end comes for them, it is very difficult to cope with the loss. But, I have found that writing either a letter from your pet; or even sitting down and writing a tribute to them can help and make the transition from having the pet being a constant joy to nothing more then a memory extremely helpful. I know it has helped me get through the passing of my last two dogs. The other thing I do is celebrate their life's by lighting a candle on the anniversary of their passing. After all, they were very cherished friends. And, when they are gone, it helps to remember them and their unique personalities.
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