Losing a pet is heartbreaking for many of us. We are emotionally bonded and the loss is comparable to the loss of a human loved one. Dogs can live 13-16 years typically (depending on the breed mix and other factors of course). Cats can live even longer — 16-21 years. These relationships are longer than many marriages these days!
Some people are self-conscious, question their sanity, are even ashamed that their feelings are so strong. But when grieving for a pet, we should not be ashamed. If someone doesn’t understand the loss, if they’ve never had the pleasure of having a loving relationship with a pet, the time will hopefully come when they have that opportunity and join the ranks of forever fur family. So many, these days, though, DO seem to have an understanding of how important an animal in one’s life is……..and how devastating it is to lose that special someone. They are our angel fur babies and it never gets easier to let them go.
Take time to grieve. Take time to remember and reflect. And turn your pain into a something pawsitive and purposeful. Are you fostering in your pet’s name? Have you started a project or fund in his/her name? Do you have a photo album or portrait to commemorate your pet? Do you have an urn or visit a gravesite for your pet? Or will you just perhaps hangout at your pet’s favorite place to think fondly of them on National Pet Memorial Day? Share with us, comment – we’re all pet-friendly here!
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