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LINK Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend

I remember when I lost my Hannah years ago, I was devastated.

balou 8 Apr 8

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When a good dog leaves this realm if you are anything worthy of being human they take a piece of you with them.
I'll never get over my 1st doberman. I dread losing the others.


For me, my girl is everything.
I rescued her when she was a year old. It's been 12 1/2 years, and she's rescued me back every single day every since.
I trust her more than any other living being. Her instincts have always proved infallible.
I know it's inevitable, but the day she leaves me will be worse than any other has ever been.
Her Royal Cuteness is the joy of my life.


My cat never hurt me....more than one human did.


If and when I lose my Sassy I will be devestated. She is a big part of who I am.


I lost my fish Bubbles. I was depressed for a week.


I've loss horses and dogs and have cried over the loss each time. But lossing my dad years ago was by far the hardest for me. So with my children and grandchildren I'm sure that loss of any of them would devastate me. I hope I don't have to go thru it. I have another dog now, and I love him alot and if something should happen to him I'll be sad and cry, but not devastated. So I'm sorry for your loss that you went thur. not that I don't understand I just can't relate.


I have had many dogs in my life I grieve for each one I have lost maybe that is why I have four now.

The phrase of the day is "normative loop".



No, get your sleep, c'mon.


I've cried every time I've lost a pet, but I haven't over losing every person.

Me too.


Last year I lost a pup in less than a month. She lit up everything. So much energy. She used to climb up and chew on my beard.

Around week three, she began getting sick. It turned out that she had a shunted liver and I had to have her put down. She went from everything to nothing in three days. It was harder than anything before.

I am so sorry.



Thank you!

Yep, she was a cutie.


Thanks! A few weeks ago I was cleaning out some stuff and found her favorite ball. Broke down again.

Hoping to get another pup soon.


I think we have a specific bond with our pets. we love them as much as we can and I think they love love us too.


Losing my previous cat was like that, too. ?


Because your dog is never a bitch to you


Because pets are more loving than a lot of people. Unconditional love!

JK666 Level 7 Apr 8, 2018

I just lost my 16 year old puppy to cancer in February. I rescued her when she was about 4 months old. It hit me harder than any human death I've dealt with. I still struggle with it constantly. From diagnosis to when I lost her was only a few days. She was the best companion I could have ever asked for.

I am sorry for your loss.

aww, I'm with ya man. Seems even harder we we have rescued them. I have one at my feet at the moment, cataracts, arthritis and cancer, but I am hoping she will be pain free for a few years more. Also rescued at 4 months old.

You were lucky to have had her in your life, I understand your grief.


I lost my dog five years ago, and I was devastated. I still have a hard time when I think about her. I have a dog that is 12 right now and one that is 11. We rescued the 12 year old when he was a puppy, and I cannot imagine how it is going to be to lose him. It makes me panic to even think about it.


Usually when someone dies, there’s shared grief among relatives and friends. Losing a pet seems like a much more solitary, personal grief.

Essie Level 6 Apr 8, 2018

I think you are onto something with the solitary and personal grief,, that is how I have felt each time, like its something you feel you can't share because other may think you foolish.

Bingo! I certainly agree with that.


My critters are my fur children, I love them nearly as much as my the kids I gave birth to. Yes, losing a pet was like losing a child. I feel sorry for people who can't love animals.

@jlynn37 Well, when I stopped laughing I'd tell them I feel sorry for their limited and stilted understanding of the world. I'd tell them I am good without god, that the lack of fear of eternal damnation is very liberating, that if they need god to have morals they're just sad people and please get out of my face because I'm way to busy to put up with their BS.

@jlynn37 I find a disconnect between believing in an invisible god and loving a flesh and blood creature who can and does show affection and provide companionship. Your attempt at equating the two is a logical fallacy. If I have offended you it was not intentional. If you think I was harsh then obviously you don't know me. And I would suggest that if you don't like what I have to say you block me so that you are not subjected to my opinions again.

@jlynn37 It looks like you view devotion to pets as competition.

@Qualia You do you and I do me and let's strive to do or cause no harm.

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