What do you do to get over your dogs death...

@WebMann (4732)
Canada
December 31, 2006 10:56am CST
I only ever had my own pet once and that was when I was about 45. Seems old but I really didn't want a dog in the city with no place to run free, so I didn't get one. Eventually I realized I would never have a dog if I waited until I could move out of the city so I got a six week old lab mix. I feel in love in about 4 minutes and had the best companion for 7 years. We finally got the home of our dreams and she only lasted here about a week and she died. I think it was a stroke. But I have gone to many funerals for friends and family over the years and none compared to the broke heart my Shadow left.
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@feralwoman (2199)
• Australia
23 Feb 07
G'day WM! I can totally relate to this, having lost my doggy a while ago. Can't believe it's nearly 10 months now. It reminds me of the workds somewhere near the end of a "Tale of two Cities" ... It's better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all". As you know I got another pup, not as a replacement, but as another friend. He's growing so big now - 16 weeks and nearly 16kg already. He's eating us out of house and home lol. Perhaps think about getting another lab pup to love - It helps. Big hugs.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
24 Feb 07
You know I never knew where that phrase came from, thanks. And it is definitely true and I would not have missed those years for anything. I am definitely ready for another dog, thanks to all my friends here. :)
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
19 Feb 07
I had 2 black labs pass away on me, father and 11 yrs later, his son. Both deaths were very hard on me but the way I got over it was having them privately cremated and they are now sitting on my mantle. Father is in a nice brass urn and his son is in a oak box. I'll never forget them but I have healed.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
24 Feb 07
I am glad that you had your dogs for so long. I don't know if I could keep them on the mantle though. But if it works for you I am pleased. :)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Dogs are great, aren't they? They can reach deep into your heart as though they are your very own children. You give them a lifetime of love and it always ends in heartbreak. Too bad their lifespan isn't a little closer to the length of our own. Imagine how close you could be with a friend of 20, 30, 40 years who never missed a day of meeting you at the door in total excitement and a shower of love. Glad to see that you didn't miss the experience completely, as I have loved & lost several dogs since I was a little rugrat. ...and, of course, I'm sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing a bit of Shadow with us all.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
18 Jan 07
Well if I get another dog I am dying first and see how she likes it. :)
• Canada
4 Jan 07
It's so amazing how our pets, well animals in general can touch our lives in such a huge way. I had a german sheppard collie cross and when he passed away the effect it had on me was huge. I sent out an email to my friends telling them that Nelson had passed away and would they like to respond with a funny or touching story about him or just a thought about him. It was amazing the responses i got. The funny stories that people were remembering; people who weren't dog lovers, were saying that he was the most amazing dog. Others told stories that i had completely forgotten. It made me focus more on the positive effect that he had on so many and not think so much about him being gone. I have since gone back and re-read over the stories that make me smile every time. I since have a new dog who reminds me a lot of him and I like to think that maybe they are somehow related or just think that somehow he lives on. I'm sorry about your loss, from the picture Shadow looked like a great dog!!!
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
5 Jan 07
Thanks for your response Shadow had a similar affect on people as she was a very friendly dog. Maybe their buddies in Doggy Heaven. Have a great new year.
@babray06 (1787)
• India
1 Jan 07
It is very unfortunate that she left you. I can understand your pain because though I never had any dog but I had cats who have left us forever. As I have lost my cats I know how much pain one suffers when the beloved pets leave us. For months and even now I can't forget them. I hope you can get over this by praying for her.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
1 Jan 07
Thanks for the reply. I noticed you have a picture with a couple of budgees My mother had a budgee, she lived a 20 hour drive away from her Dad and his sister who also had a budgee. The use to record what the birds would say and then send the tapes back and forth and let the other bird hear the records and these bird would chatter back and forth, then the tape would be sent back to my mother with new records and they would start all over again. The funniest thing.
• United States
23 Feb 07
You have my sympathy. We have an 8 year old black lab named Shadow. It will be one of the worst days of my life when he goes. Try to rejoice in your Shadow's life and the great times you had together. I am one of those people who believe we will be reunited with our dear ones including pets on the "other side"
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