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    Coping with the Death of a Pet

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    ~Nimz~
    Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:34 pm
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    When we loose a pet we loose a member of the family. Most of us grieve greatly when this occurs. It doesn�t matter if the pet was a mouse or a mastiff � grief is independent of size. Some animals are lost due to accidents when they are young and in good health while others die after a prolonged illness. Whatever the case, grief and sadness are normal responses to loss.

    Pets� ability to love unconditionally endear them to our hearts as little else can. They are truly our �best friends�.

    Mourning or grief occurs in stages that are experienced similarly by people in all walks of life. It is not a strictly predictable process and each of us experiences grief in different ways.

    As the Hosts of Pet Food & Treats are not qualified to advise on the Stages of Grief and Mourning, we have opened this thread to give our members a place to grieve the loss of your pet and hopefully find some inner peace that helps you through the "process".


    Last edited by ~Nimz~ on Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:06 pm, edited 2 times in total
    ~Nimz~
    Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:55 pm
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    Pot Scrubber
    Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:04 pm
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    breezermom
    Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:42 am
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    My beautiful Buck passed away after 16 wonderful years with us. My veteranarian was so wonderful. He let me go out in his boat with him to scatter Buck's ashes in the Gulf of Mexico (Buck loved to go out in a boat and fish!). I was very surprised to receive a card in the mail about 2 months after he died that stated that a memorial gift had been made to the University of Florida's School of Veterinary Medicine in Buck's memory by my wonderful veteranarian. I will never forget the kindness shown by his office and staff during that time in my life. Everyone needs support and love when they lose a pet. I just wanted to share what my veteranarian did...and he isn't a family friend or relative...he just took care of Buck from the time he was born till his death. There are wonderful people involved in animal care!

    Buck (the large black lab/chesapeake bay mix)
    ~Nimz~
    Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:46 am
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    Thanks so much for sharing. What a great vet you had. It's the little things that people do that mean so much to us. Buck was beautiful. Who is the little guy in the photo?
    breezermom
    Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:15 am
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    That is Tucker...he was just a baby and thought Buck was wonderful. And Buck was wonderful for putting up with him.



    Now Tucker is grown up and has a new "shelter dog" friend, Bailey.

    ~Nimz~
    Thu Dec 18, 2008 3:29 pm
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    They look like best buds. icon_biggrin.gif
    RotiJala
    Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:57 pm
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    Thanks for sharing, people.

    I was standing in the middle of a bookstore when I was thumbing through a copy of 'Marley & Me'. Of all chapters, I had to read how he died. It reminded me of how the mutt who lived with me for 12 years died and I burst into tears amongst the shoppers.

    The day she passed on, I had the feeling I had to go home from work in the middle of the day to see how she was. She was wagging her tail even though she could hardly walk, drank some water and milk (she couldn't eat anymore) and looked pleased I was spending a bit of time with her in the afternoon. Then I went back to work. By evening when I came home, she was lying on her left side and her spirit was already flying through the cosmos.
    MNLisaB
    Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:52 pm
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    How nice you could spend some quality time with her right before she passed on. I have had many animals over the years, but each one still holds a special place in my heart and spirit.
    Connie Lea
    Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:15 am
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    This could not have come at a better time. I lost my precious Maggie (the little black toy poodle in the picture) just a month ago. Even though we have three other little furbabies and my mother's Sheltie, Mags left a big hole in my heart. She would have been 7 this Saturday, so died way before she was suppose to. I know you aren't suppose to have favorites among children or pets, but she was my special little bud. Wherever I was, she was. My DH and I are retired, so our lives pretty much revolve around these little girls.

    I lost a foster daughter many years ago at the age of 4 1/2 and can tell you that it hurts as much to lose a furbaby as it did my daughter.

    Sorry didn't see this was from four years ago. I think it was just a ploy for somebody to get their advertisement in.
    Saralaya
    Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:45 pm
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    Connie Lea wrote:


    This could not have come at a better time. I lost my precious Maggie (the little black toy poodle in the picture) just a month ago. Even though we have three other little furbabies and my mother's Sheltie, Mags left a big hole in my heart. She would have been 7 this Saturday, so died way before she was suppose to. I know you aren't suppose to have favorites among children or pets, but she was my special little bud. Wherever I was, she was. My DH and I are retired, so our lives pretty much revolve around these little girls.

    I lost a foster daughter many years ago at the age of 4 1/2 and can tell you that it hurts as much to lose a furbaby as it did my daughter.

    Sorry didn't see this was from four years ago. I think it was just a ploy for somebody to get their advertisement in.


    Connie, it was, indeed spam and I think it's gone now.....I hope her callousness didn't cause you any more grief. I've been thinking about you and wondering how you were doing after Maggie's sudden passing. grouphug.gif
    Connie Lea
    Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:20 pm
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    Thanks Sara. I miss Maggie more than I can say. I got her when I lost my first poodle. Buffy was only 13 and had Cushings. Maggie helped me get over Buffy, but it took a long time. I love all my dogs, but there is just something special about a poodle.
    K9 Owned
    Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:28 pm
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    Well in this case the spammer inadvertently did us a big favour!
    I knew that there was a thread for us to be able to place obituaries or just talk about our lost ones. I tried to find it when Chase died and couldn't.
    Nice to see it here again. I hope we don't need to use it often but it is a good thing. I'm going to sticky it for us.

    Sending hugs Connie. It is difficult to ask people how they are doing after a loss unless they bring it up. I hope that the pain is easing a little. grouphug.gif
    Saralaya
    Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:24 pm
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    Thanks K9- I wondered about whether it should be stickied (is that a word?) since the rest of the whole thread is lovely.
    Studentchef
    Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:20 pm
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    After I had to put Clinton down i cried and cried, and I prayed to G-D (as I am very spiritual), and asked him if I did the right thing. That whole afternoon I wondered if I did the right thing.

    That night, I had a dream about Clinton. We were at the dog park - and believe me, he loved the dog park. It was his most favourite place int he world. He was looking up at me and smiling at me. I was amazed he was looking straight at me, because I thought he would too be angry or upset to look at me, but he wasn't. He was smiling and happy and young again. There wasn nothing wrong with anymore. he was able to stand and walk without any problems. I tried hugging him three times and each time he backed away, as if I wasn't ready to be with him yet. That's when my dream ended.

    After that I knew I did the right thing. I know that he is happy and healthy in heaven, and that he has friends to play with. Sometimes I look up at the sky and talk to him, like he can hear me from heaven. I tell him that I love him and that I know he's okay, and to be good to Lucky, our first dog.
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