I was reading a post by Lyndal this morning and it just prompted me to create this thread.
The loss of a pet is a very intimate and difficult time. Folks that have never had pets can not understand this, because After all, it was just an animal Those words are so wrong and hurtful to pet owners..
For me, it was dogs, for others it could be cats, rabbits, turtle, etc, really doesn't matter. We get attached to our 'friends' and the best part is that the always love us. You could have yelled at your pet in the morning for doing something wrong, take something away from them,etc.. But the moment you walk in the door, they are right there so excited to see you. Thats what unconditional love is all about. Tell me, when was the last time you had an argument with your spouse or significant other and when you see each other at the end of the day, is it all smiles OR does part of that argument still fester inside?
Pets dont understand that, and maybe they do, but they realize that some of those arguments were so little that in the realm of life, it really didn't matter.
I have had to put 3 of my dogs to sleep. One from old age, One because his poor soul was tormented at some time and he could never control himself, and last because, my favorite had lost her eyesight.
Its always so sad when you lose a pet. Can you find one to replace him or her? Yes, but they will be different, not lacking for love, but for just being who they were.
Its hard for me to even write this, because all I can see the time I lost each of our, and the tears come now as they did before.
Lyndal, I am sorry for your loss today
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences