Post # 1
Our sweet dog we’ve had since I was a little kid died last night. I’m pretty sure I’ve posted about her before- cateracts in both eyes, deaf as a doorknob, hip dysplasia.. and happy as a clam. Last night she had a seizure. My mom took her to the vet (the dogs live in FL with my mom, I live in MD, where the dogs grew up), she went on an IV, meds for the seizure, and vallium. There was no overnight vet so my mom took her home so she wouldn’t be alone. She died in her sleep, painlessly. I’m glad she didn’t have to be put down, but god this hurts. She was about 15 years old, which is really old for a Bichon Frise. The other dog is 14 and really sad without her already.
If anyone has any advice of how to cope with the loss of a family pet, especially at a distance, please let me know. I’ve been looking at pictures of her and crying and just missing her like crazy. I hadn’t seen her in a year because when we got engaged, I wanted to spend Christmas with Fiance. I just don’t know what to do with myself.
Here’s my pretty girl. Heather.
Always snuggling: http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a129/britishbroccoli2/Pants0042222.jpg
On the left (the younger dog, Missy, is on the right): http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a129/britishbroccoli2/DogsandWierdness004.jpg
Me, age 8, holding Heather as a puppy: http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a129/britishbroccoli2/42a.jpg
Post # 3
I’m very sorry for your loss.
Post # 4
I’m so sorry! I think you just have to try to remember what an a great life she had. She had a lot of people who loved her and took care of all her needs, which is more than a lot of people even get! She lived a long full life and gave you all this love and memories to take with you! Celebrate that.
Post # 5
Im so sorry for your lost…………
Post # 6
I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s devastating to lose our furry ones.
Post # 6
I’m sorry I have no advice for you 🙁 Losing a pet is terrible. But I do hope you feel a lot of comfort knowing she passed peacefully in her sleep when she was ready.
So sorry for your loss.
Post # 7
I am so sorry. 🙁 🙁 Losing a pet can be very hard, but I think I think you need to allow yourself to grieve and re-live some of your best memories with her.
DH’s 14 year old dog has become my “baby” since I moved in. I tear up just thinking about her passing away and I don’t know how I’ll handle it either.
Thoughts and prayers for you…
Post # 8
I am really sorry for your loss. I went through it this summer with my dog and then FI’s dog this past fall. Watching him go through it broke my heart because she was his girl (I was happy to share that spot with her :)).
Something he said to me though was that he was happy she was at peace. Near the end even though she was as happy as can be but she couldn’t control her movements anymore and would fall all over the place…
That’s not her. Running, jumping, chasing chipmunks, that’s her. And now she can do that! Nothing’s holding her back anymore! So keep that in mind that all her ailments are healed and while it sucks that she’s not with us anymore, keep in mind all the great moments and be happy that she came into your life!
I got this engraved on a frame and gave it Fiance this Christmas with a picture of his dog in it, it said: “Sometimes special beings come into our lives and touch our hearts in a way that leaves us forever changed.”
Pets can make us better people, I truly believe that and I am grateful that we get that opportunity!
Post # 8
I’m so sorry love your way. 🙁
Post # 9
Oh no! I am so sorry. It’s always devastating to lose a furbaby. 🙁
Post # 10
Awwww I’m so sorry for your lost *hugs*
Post # 11
@MrsBroccoli: Isn’t love from a pet the best thing? It’s tough and you will probably cry a lot, but that is just because you miss her and don’t want to be without her. Like missrobots said, remember the great life she had. It sounds like she had a lot of people that loved her. Focus on the good times and all the memories you have with her. Nothing lasts forever, so appreciate all the time you did have with her.
Don’t feel bad for not seeing her in a while. Dogs always have your love in their heart. They live in the moment and enjoy every second they have.
Post # 13
For those of us that are pet people, losing your dog is just like losing a close friend or family member. Not everyone will get that, but just think of all the great times you had and give yourself time to mourn. My current dog is only 2 1/2 years old, and I already tear up when I think of her passing away. Ugh. Sending thoughts your way!