Have you ever lost a family pet?

@34momma (13896)
United States
June 10, 2008 2:40pm CST
My cousin who has had her dog for over 14 years lost her dog last week. She was just the most amazing dog. Her name was fluffy. I felt so bad for my cousin I didn't know what to do. I went over to her place after work and hung out with her for a while. I didn't want her to be alone. I have my little cocktail, and I love her so much. I don't know what I would do with out her. Have you ever lost a family pet, and how did you handle it?
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
10 Jun 08
When I was about 9 our family dog got hit by a car on the highway ( we lived about a block from the highway). My uncle was on his way home from work one night and saw him on the side of the road. He stopped and picked him up and brought him to us to bury.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
11 Jun 08
oh man, another dog who got hit by a dog, i am so sorry to hear that. i tell you, i know that my baby doggie is not going to be with us forever, but i rather her go because she is old, not because of something like that
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
10 Jun 08
I did four years ago. I had a wonderful and friendly long hair cat. I still believe he thought he was part dog part human. He didn't behave like your average cat. I got him at age 2. I had him until he was almost 15. I still miss him. He became seriously ill. And our vet had to put him down. I keep his collar in my bedroom as a reminder of him.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
11 Jun 08
awww.... i think my dog thinks she is part human. she walks on her hind legs alot. she will walk across the room like that and even backwards.
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11 Jun 08
Yes but Their goldfish, lost about 5 five really once you lose one you can't wait for the next. I think more things out of the water are more family as they are more interesting, I can't say I've lost a cat/dog as mum has been alergic to all things with fur. -Sound
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• Philippines
11 Jun 08
I lost my poddle last March 2008. I cried a lot and took me one week to stop the tears but still miss my dog so much... But in mind, I have a cute angel doggy that watching over me and invisibly beside me... lolz
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@nicholejade (2430)
• Canada
10 Jun 08
We have lost quite a few pets. Not only dogs and cats, but we have also lost quite a few cows and a horse so far. It is hard parting from them specially the dogs, cats and the horse. Cows are pretty much a dime a dozen I would have to say. Only thing that upsets me is that when one of the calfs don't make it. It will hurt for awhile but in time she will get over it but she will also remember all the good times she had with him.
• Canada
11 Jun 08
Yes I live parttime in the middle of nowhere and we have lots and lots of animals roaming about our property. On the otherside I live in the city as well. When my fiance goes back to work I go to live with my parents in the city but when he is back I go live back in the awesome country.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
11 Jun 08
wow that must be wonderful for you! i would love to be able to go back and forth like that. i am not much of a country girl, but i think i would like to have thouse obtains
• Canada
11 Jun 08
I get the best of both worlds.
@queenofarms (1665)
• United States
10 Jun 08
We had a Chow and Doberman mixed dog. He was 17 yrs when had to have him put down. His name was Barron. He had became blind and developed artheritis in his legs. It was like losing a family member. My husband couldn't bury him so we had him cremated. So if we move he is always with us.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
10 Jun 08
My cousin's dog was a Chow, full breed. was a beauty she was. wow my cousin did the same thing, she cremated Fluffy and has her at home on a shelf.
• United States
10 Jun 08
You just get so attached to a pet. Barron is in my china cabinet w/his last collar around the container. We also have a 5x7 photo of him displayed.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
11 Jun 08
i know what you mean. i have my little doggie and i tell you she is my heart. she is like one of my children. i mean she is a pain in the butt, and she barks to much, and pees on my floor, and always wants to hog the pillow, i would not want to be without her. LOL
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
10 Jun 08
I have lost many pets over the years. I'm old so there have been many years. Dogs, cats, a golden pheasant, rabbits, fish, you name it. I just lost my female cat in November. She would have turned 20 years old in February. She was born right under my bed, so had her from day 1. It is gut wrenching to lose one, especially one so close to you. They are like family members. Tell your cousin she has my sympathies.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
11 Jun 08
i will let her know. i lost my cat when i was about 10 or 11. she gave birth to a litter and passed away a few days later.
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
11 Jun 08
How sad. I'm so sorry.
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@lynnchua (3416)
• Singapore
12 Jun 08
I lost my 13 years old dog nine years ago. Very sad and I cried for the whole day. Still miss him a lot.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
12 Jun 08
wow, i am really suprised about the response to this post. so many people who lost their loving pets
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
11 Jun 08
I have had pets for all of my life (53 years) and it's like losing a member of the family. The only saving grace is I KNOW they will not outlive us, but it's still hard and rips my heart out. I grieve as I would a person. I just have to cry it out, be sad and get past it.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
12 Jun 08
you are so right about that nana. you gotta cry and then let it go.
• China
11 Jun 08
When I was 20 years old,I lost my pet dog which I had for more than 3 years.At that time, I was very sad,and I found him everywhere around my house.But at last,I coundn't find him.He is a clever dog who can understand what I say and follow me when I am walking.One year after his losing,I had a another pet dog.Even though I like my new pet,but some times ,I also miss my lost dog.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
11 Jun 08
i grow up with a dog name girl. now she was a smart dog. we would let her out and she would go to the bathroom and come back with no problem. we didn't even have to walk her or leash her. just let her go. she was a great dog
• Canada
11 Jun 08
We lost our family dog in '04, when she was 16 and a half years old. She was such a wonderful little dog, that we got when my sister was six years old, and I was only two. It's been 8 years, and I still miss Penny.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
11 Jun 08
wow that is a long time for a dog. i hope that me and my dog are together for that long. she is like one of my children
• Philippines
10 Jun 08
i'm sorry to hear that.I lost my terrier 2 years now..i was with her for 8 years long..when i get her she's just a little baby and i still feed her with bottle.she absolutely thought i was her mommy and we do bunch of things together..when she gave birth to her babies i went out to buy her babies some milk..she followed me and i didn't notice her..when i came back she's gone and she never returned till now..i tried to search for her but couldn't find her anywhere..that made me cried so bad and i left me wondering of where she is and how she is doing..
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
11 Jun 08
oh my angel i am sorry to hear that. i think i would feel the same as you did if my dog wondered away.
@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
10 Jun 08
yes I did loss my pet or as I say my best freind nikkie was my cat for 21 years an even though he has been gone 6 years i still miss him I planted a rose tree in his meomroy tell your cousin I am sorry for her loss I know the pain of losing your pet
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
10 Jun 08
I will let her know you said that. now that is a wonderful idea to plant something in honor of your best friend. I am going to ask my cousin if she wants to do something like that for Fluffy
• United States
10 Jun 08
That's so sad. Fourteen years is a long time. She must be devistated. Some of our cats ran away when I was little, and one of my birds flew away once. They never came back. I don't remember being very sad when the cats ran away because most of our cats were strays that chose to live with us. My dog, which I love very much, has gotten out of her harness a few times and I was so afraid she'd get hit by a car because she ran right for the street. I was lucky that I was able to get her back without harm.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
10 Jun 08
My cousin was heartbroken. She doesn't have any children and Fluffy was her life. She was a big dog and now my cousins apartment feels so small. her passing was a great lost to our family
@beeeckie (803)
• United States
10 Jun 08
Sorry to hear about Fluffy. 14 years old, she must have had a great life. We lost our not-quite-8-years-old cat last year, Harriet. She was incredibly active, special, and cute. She was just good at being a cat! Last April she suddenly began kidney failure, and though we tried to help her with IV therapy and medicine, she ultimately passed away by the end of July. It was heartbreaking. We buried her and still try to remember her often. Our other cats learned a lot of body language from her, and still use her quirks, sometimes.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
10 Jun 08
Fluffy was a great dog. she was the kind of dog that you thought of her as your dog too. she just made you feel that way. special. she will be missed and will always be loved. sorry to hear about Harriet. the lost of a pet or family member as i like to think of them, is really hard
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
12 Jun 08
About 16 months ago we had a dog go missing, we got her in 2001 & then all of a sudden she got the wandering bug & just took off. The lady who found her ended up getting her desexed & everything which i thought wasa little inconsiderate since they really hadn't made an effort to find the dog's owners or anything. After a lot of convincing, the lady finally gave her back to us, everything was ok to begin with when we got her back but we noticed so many changes in her personality which is because of the desexing :( She just wasn't the same dog she used to be. She then started wandering on a regular basis but would always come home, so after numerous times of adjusting & fixing fences it didn't make a difference, she escaped about 3 or 4 weeks ago & we haven't seen her since. Other people have reported seeing her but no-one has caught her or informed the council about it (well they did once but have stopped since they found out we were looking for her) so i don't think we'll be seeing her again :( It is sad, we've had her for the last 7 years now & she just doesn't want to stay in the yard or anything :( My daughter (2) loved this dog but if people decide to keep a dog they find, there's nothing you can really do about it, no matter how many signs you put up or rewards you offer.
• India
11 Jun 08
No i don't have pets since my mother didn't like pets. But i like pets a lot especially dog and turtle.
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• Philippines
15 Jun 08
I have lost a number of pets as they are now getting old.I became sad of course and I felt sorry about the times I became mean to them.But as of now,I am really passionate to my 2 remaining pets who grew up with me and are now 11 years old (I was 10 when they were born).
• United States
11 Jun 08
I THINK I have lost my cat Peanut. He was my mothers cat for 6 years until she got married and her new husband was very allergic to him so I took him and have had him for 7 years. The last time i saw him was on Saturday morning. I have scoured the neighborhood looking for him and have asked my neighbors if they have seen him. Im beginning to think that I will never see him again :-( Its a terrible feeling, specially since I have no idea what has happened to him :-(