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When You lose Your Best Friend – Our Canine Grief Guide

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6 Responses

  1. Mr Pearson says:

    Why say ‘ Put your dog down’. Sounds horrible. Best to say ‘Put to sleep. My dog my be leaving me in a week or so. He will be 15 years old at the end of April, but I don’t think he will last that long. He goes back to the vet a week today.

    • Denise McMillan says:

      what a very difficult time you are going through.. I know when the time comes you will make the right decision. Each of us through out our lives are faced with losing something or someone that is more precious to us than words can say… First and foremost never feel guilty.. you have given your pet the best time of his life.. hold onto his memory, cherish it in your heart and you will find he will be with you for the rest of your life.

  2. Pat and Bill West says:

    We had to say goodbye to our darling golden retriever Phoebe at the age of 15 years and 8 months last May, we still miss her terribly but feel that perhaps and only perhaps we are now too elderly to take on another dog. Two very kind friends gave us a beautiful cushion with a picture on one side of it taken from an actual photo which is a great comfort. Only time will tell if we go for another dog but last time we took 25 years to decide and time is not on our side!

  3. Michael Buxton says:

    My Kerry Blue terrier died in my arms at the vet at the beginning of December 2016. He was 14+ It broke my heart. I adopted a Griffon Blue from Spain two weeks later and only had him for 3 days before we discovered he had stomach cancer. Another heart break! December was the worst month of my 64 years. I didn’t think I would ever get over it and I felt that I never wanted another dog as I couldn’t go through that again! Astonishingly two weeks later a Golden Doodle, down on his luck, needed a new home and I had one to offer. I miss my Kerry every day and feel so sad that the Griffon never got the chance to enjoy what should have been his forever home but my grief has become bearable by the arrival of my lovely Golden Doodle. He won’t replace my other lads but he brings me so much joy and eases the pain. I would recommend anyone in this situation to adopt another dog as soon as you can. You will be helping him, and he will help you more than you could ever image.

  4. Sylvia Fairchild says:

    It is a terrible time losing your dog. I have had 11 dogs over the last 54 years all special in their own way. I lost my Standard Poodle Blu to cancer 2015 he was not quite 10 years old and I still have not got over the loss he was a really special boy. I still have a poodle Cassie 9years old I love her dearly but Blu was just a special boy.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    As I read Mr Pearson’s comment, tears immediately flowed down my cheeks having been through the trauma and pain of taking decisions to put my own dogs to sleep when their time had come. Their loss to me was unbearable for a considerable time after their passing. The last time this happened my dog had lived with cancer for 2 years after only been given 2 months to live so I had her for 22 months longer than I’d expected. During that time my daughter had urged me to get another pup immediately she died and so 3 days after she passed I looked for another pup and got one from a Kennel Club Assured breeder that evening. It proved the best way possible to deal with the dreadful grief I was suffering. I still missed my old dog terribly and was still grieving but having to deal with an extremely lively pup made me also think about the here and now and the energy of a young life. I still have my old dog’s photo on the front of my phone and touch the side of her face every time I use it but the knife-edge pain was most definitely eased by my new pup when I needed help out of my grief.

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