How to Deal With Death of Pet
Hello, today’s topic how to deal with the death of a pet (dog) is not a pleasant one for myself or anyone else but we all know that eventually, our best friend’s time on earth will come to an end way before ours.
Explaining to Children
When our best friend’s time has come please do not let your friend suffer they cannot speak to let you know how much pain they may be dealing with just walking or even just lying around.
Children do not understand when they are young the concept of death and this can be a very emotional time for them learning to grieve a first loss is especially difficult just remember children are resilient and will bounce back faster than adults.
The initial sadness and feelings of loss will pass for them faster than they do for us but you still have the responsibility of explaining to them why that fur ball that they played with and loved so much is no longer with them.
I have posted on my website here “The Rainbow Bridge” which is a poem very near and dear to my heart for I have lost many dogs in my lifetime always to old age (only one as a young pup).
Raising my two boys we always had our dogs and they became attached to them just as much as I did, losing them they were able to move on more quickly when a new pet entered the house.
Please take the time to comfort your children and let them know that their best friend is waiting for them in heaven and when it is their time they will once again have their dog back and he will be well and run and play as if he were young again.
The Time has Come
As a pet owner, you need to be aware of your pet’s age and health knowing the dog breed and approximately how long they are going to live will give you an idea of when you might have to make the decision to have them put to sleep.
Sorry but I cannot use the other medical terms here they choke me up I have lost many in my life and making the choice has never been easy for me.
Everyone is different and some people can make this decision without blinking an eye knowing when the time has come that they need to let go.
I, myself struggle with this hoping and praying that my best friend is not that old and they still can make it for a while longer am I being selfish sure am because my poor best friend could be in some serious pain.
As time moves on and I am aging myself I realize how very selfish I had been in the past asking those that I made wait for the peace of “The Rainbow Bridge” to forgive me.
Now that I realize as my best friend ages today she is 14 years old and most of her breed life expectancy is 14 to 16 year knowing that she may not have much time left with me I will not make her suffer I will give her the peace she deserves.
Planning for that Last Day
Prior to that last day that you plan to spend with your old dog make it a special day for them so you have memories that will give you some comfort knowing you are doing what is best for your pet.
Spend the whole day with them spoiling them – my girl loves being groomed and cuddled – taking a ride in the truck – going to the park and having a run (she does not run so much anymore but a gallop I would call it).
Another one of her favorites is ice cream which we know is not good for dogs but she deserves to go for ice cream her last day here with me so we will make a trip to the Dairy Queen and get her a doggie bowl.
Take pictures with the children (if you have any) for in the family photo albums your children will appreciate these when they grow up remembering the last day with each of their pets.
One of my other dogs years ago had a thing about spaghetti and his last day I made a big pot of spaghetti just for him so his last dinner he could have his favorite (still have the pictures of sauce on his face)!
The next day would be the saddest making the drive to the veterinarian office for the last time with my best friend but we would put the radio on and sing if that was what our pet liked (some did, some did not) always left them hang out the window.
Once there I would never leave their side holding them until they were gone this is very important this is not about you but them our best friend has feelings do not leave them to cross over to “The Rainbow Bridge” alone stay with them.
Hold them and comfort them as you would anytime they may have gotten hurt you will not regret doing this for them and for yourself it will help you grieve the lose and finalize that they are gone.
This has been one of the hardest posts I have even written in my life = memories have come flooding over me for each and every one of my best friends I have sent to the “Rainbow Bridge” but they will be waiting for me this I know!
If you have a special way that you say goodbye to your pets I would love you to share it with everyone.
How do you handle the situation when you have your children involved in losing a pet?
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