By Nancy Cope
The death of your dog can be traumatic and painful.
Here are some tips to help you cope:
1. Your feelings are valid. Many people who don’t own pets, and some who do, will try to tell you “it was just a dog” in order to help you get over it. In truth, nothing is worse to a dog lover than this statement. The fact is that they are so much more to us, friends and companions for life who always listen and never begrudge us tears or hugs. Don’t let anyone make you feel like your grief isn’t valid.
2. Keep some memories. It may seem like you’ll get over your dog faster if you remove all his old toys and other items, but in truth the lack of these everyday objects will remind you more of your dog than their presence. Memories are good, and in time the pain of them will heal. If you cremate your dog there are many lovely decorative urns that would serve as an unobtrusive memory of your best friend.
3. Wait to get a new dog. Getting a new dog right away won’t make the pain go away either. Wait to get a new dog until you can love him for who he is, and give him your full attention. Also consider getting a dog of a different breed. This way you won’t have as many expectations of how he is to behave, and you can love him for his own, distinct personality.
Losing a pet can be one of the most difficult times in our lives, but with time and grieving you can move on, and think of the good memories you shared with your beloved dog.
Nancy Cope is the owner of four rescue dogs and Pampered Dog Gifts.