Post # 1
… ring. I’m a waiting bee. I have been with my SO for 3.5 years and we have known for at least 3 years that we wanted to spend our lives together. This Saturday we said goodbye to our 12 year old baby girl- a boxer that I grew up with. I got her when I was 14. I took her to obedience classes and showed her; she rode along as I practice driving (lived on a farm). She stayed with my parents when I was in college, but when I was in grad school she moved in with my SO. She lived with him 2.5 of the 3.5 years we’ve been together.
Two weeks ago we rescued a 4 year old dog. I joked with my SO that she waited to pass until she knew we would be in good hands with a new dog. The reality is that she had a good, long life (most boxers only live to 9-11 years).
We just got accumstomed to a two dog lifestyle. So I kinda want to get a puppy this spring. Are there any Bees out there who lost a pet that lived through many pivotal moments in your life? What did you do to get through it? Did you get a new pet?
Post # 3
@BrownPlaidBook: I’m so sorry for the loss of your dog 🙁 she did have a good long life, but that doesn’t make it easier when they are gone.
SO lost his malamute almost 6 years ago, he had had him for 10 years, through 2 relationship break ups – his dog was his loyal companion and best friend. Losing him was heartbreaking, even for me and I’d known his dog for about 9 months. I still cry over losing him and missing him, and SO was depressed for a long time. I don’t think you ever get over losing them, you just learn to adjust to life without them. Only just in the last few months does SO feel ready to get another dog – but losing his other dog is still so fresh in our minds. I wish they lived longer!
Post # 4
@Deejayelle: Thanks for your comment.
I am really glad that we already had another dog. I think it can be hard when you go without one, you can feel weird getting another dog- like you are trying to replace him/her. One of my coworkers said something to the likes of, “another dog won’t replace ’em, but the love is the same”. I like that.
I wish you and your SO the best of luck as you decide if you are ready for another pet!