(Closed) FI’s dog is really sick, might pass away–how to comfort FI?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Aw, I’m sorry. 🙁 We had to put my husband’s 18 year old dog down a few months ago and it was awful, she was the first and only pet he’d ever owned so he’d never been through a pet death before. I just took my cues from him, if he didn’t want to talk about it, I didn’t. I just made sure to be there. I was in the room with him when they put her down and it was so hard, but he told me later that he appreciated me being there. I drove him home afterward since he was obviously a wreck and was there for him over the next few days while he really grieved.

Post # 4
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Just be there for him, and let him know that you are a safe place to break down.  He doesn’t have to be “strong” or hold it in around you.  There’s not really anything you can do or say that will make it better, but you can definitely just be there to listen, even when he doesn’t say anything.

You can also have the vet clinic do a paw impression in dough… you bring it home and bake it.  Maybe collect a few things, like his leash, a favorite toy, something like that and put together a shadow box or little memorial.  (maybe not right away, but it would be a really nice memento for him to have)

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