Hey guys, apologies in advance for the Monday night sob story but I just need to vent right now - my dog who I've had for 12 years, since I was 7, passed away in my arms tonight, and I'm in absolute pieces at the moment. I know some people may say 'it was just a dog' but to me he was basically a family member and had been there for me through some tough times over the years. If anyone has any advice on how to deal with a loss like this please do let me know - honestly anything will help right now. Love to you all and have a good evening 💞
@payaso568, my golden lab of (also) 12 years passed while I was at school, I came home to the news. I think about the good times every day, to this day, and they keep me out of the dark. He would not want me to wallow in the pain, he would want me to think about how much fun and happiness we gave each other over the years. He helps me grow as I watched him grow. Hang onto the good, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
@payaso568, I am so sorry for the loss of your best friend. I had to put mine down 6 months ago, after having her for 14 years. If you have any other pets, try spending time with them, because I fully believe my other pets can sense the loss. I still cry some nights, missing her, but I also have dreams about the two of us being together again. I also hung of pictures of her and my other pets all over my room and office, I find that it helps motivate me. I can't say it gets easier, because it really doesn't. But if you believe in an afterlife, then there's no reason you can't believe that he's still around you all the time
@payaso568, I'm sorry for your loss. I lost my dog last year and the only thing that really helped me with his death was remembering that we gave him a good life and we loved him straight to the end. We gave him a good life, and that brought me peace. I hope this helped a little and I wish you an easy grief.
@payaso568, there’s really no one way to grieve. We all do it in our own ways. And screw anyone who says he was just a dog. He was definitely family. Twelve does sound like a ripe old age. And he was with you for I’m guessing all but about the first three months of his life.
@payaso568, not just a dog, that’s a companion you’ve had for 12 years of your life
@payaso568, damn sorry for your loss. I don’t think there are many here that would ever say “just a dog”. I love my dogs and it really hurts when one dies.
@payaso568, I'm sorry for your loss. Dogs are truly friends to us. It might help to remember all the balls chased, all the walks and romps in the park, all the good food snagged off your plate, and of course the cuddles and kisses that only a dog can give.
@payaso568, I lost one of my huskies and my grandmother both this month. In my experience, socialization and time help
@twopotatoes et al., thank you everyone for your kind kind words, it really does mean a lot ❤
@payaso568, If he was in your arms, then he died knowing you loved him. I'm sorry for your loss.
@payaso568, it’s not just a dog. I just adopted a dog a little over a year ago and I am dreading the day I will lose her. I don’t have anything that will help. Just let yourself be sad. Grieve in time and don’t rush it. I’m very sorry for your loss.
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