As an avid companion animal lover, dog owner and pet sitter in Abington, I find pets to be an absolute joy! Today I was reminded about the downside of loving a pet, however, as I read a story about the life and death of a beloved dog written by his person. It brought tears to my eyes as I thought of all the pets I have loved and lost over the years.
I have heard many people knowingly and unknowingly diminish the loss of a pet because they do not understand that it could possibly be in any way comparable to the loss of a person. For them, perhaps it isn’t but for many of us, our pets are family members and we feel it deeply. Whether human, canine, feline or equine, love is love, loss is loss and grief is grief.
Do not allow anyone else tell you who to grieve or how to grieve. Grief is an individual process that is unique to each one of us and there is no right or wrong way to do it. Rest assured that there are many fellow pet lovers in the world who do understand and will listen when you need to express the grief you feel at the loss of your beloved companion animal.
For some people, the grief of loss is so great that they vow to never love a pet again. While I am a firm believer in the phrase “to each his own”, I would really like to urge those people to rethink that decision. There are so many pets who need a home and we all have love to give. In my opinion, even though the pain of loss is difficult, the love you can share with a pet is well worth it!
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