I lost my first baby, bandana boy, sooo sad. The decision was hard. And even though it may have been obvious, the loss of a pet is never easy. I still remember the day I had to go back to NY to send my childhood dog to doggie heaven…..I was so traumatized by it all, I swore I would never get another dog. Umm, I lied. But, who could resist this adorable puppy (he is the one in the middle, and that is his mom and brother, german short haired pointers!)
However, that experience prepared me for this. Helped me help my kids. I made sure they each got to say goodbye and tell him they loved him. As much as I tried to explain it, the young ones didn’t really get it all. But they know he is NOT coming home. They asked me “how is he going to get to heaven, can I go with him, and can we get a new dog?” All of which sent my oldest into hysterics…because she gets it and was begging “please don’t do “it” mommy”. Eventually, thru the tears, she saw how difficult it was for (me and) the dog and as we had his “send off party” she started to come to terms with the fact that it was happening….now:(
The Animal Hospital was amazing on short notice! He’s gone there since he was a puppy. However, that doesn’t mean he always liked it…and as a matter of fact he hated it sometimes. SO, I was relieved they worked it out so we could drive there with the dog on his bed in the back of the truck and they would come out and do it all right there! No moving, carrying, NO traumatizing my dog. Had no idea that was an option. Things have really changed! THANK you Dr. Smith! It went SO much better than expected, I was a mess, but the dog was calm and at peace….which is ALL that mattered.
We’re lucky to have so many great years and memories with him. I remember telling my mother I wish he could wear diapers, it would be so much easier, lol! Obedience/social training with Capital Canines was a hoot, BUT he finally graduated, which is good beacuse he loved going to the dog park when he was younger…look ma, no fighting! He dressed and enjoyed our annual Halloween parties and was a HUGE part of my life and our family for 16 years…a GREAT dog, protector, good listener, a friend, and was overflowing with unconditional love….always knowing just when you needed him.
It is so quiet, an eeryfeeling, I don’t like it. I keep looking for him…omg, the loss of a pet is hard, takes time, and really hurts, no matter how many times you go thru it!
Love you buddy,
Do you have a pet? Lose a pet? How do you say goodbye? How can you prepare? What is your favorite memory? Favorite picture? Any advice on preserving the memory (for young kids)?