Sorrow has reared its head in my life. Our dog passed over the rainbow bridge today, and our hearts are broken. The sorrow will eventually dissipate, replaced by smiles whenever we remember a silly, cute, or loving thing that he did, but that is yet to come. I choked up and cried when we returned from the veterinarian and I saw his tennis ball by my chair. Time is our greatest ally in this. Thanks for listening. Peace.
As others have said, your dog was a family member, so (as @RavenCT said) this is real grief. Give yourselves time and permission to grieve. Every time a pet of mine died, it left a hole in my heart. As you said, it will dissipate eventually and it will be filled with memories. However, in the meantime, there will be many things that remind you of him and it will be painful. Lots of hugs and peace coming your way.
Yes my Vets office is terribly compassionate and I never escape wihout someone bursting into tears.
I hope you find some rest tonight. It's always rough in the days leading up to this. And it takes time to ease the sorrow.
Remember that's a member of your family gone. It's real grief. (((tioteo))))
many of us have been there and share your feelings. It is so difficult and then a couple years later another dog enters our life and we love the new as much as the past.
One saying I love is that loosing a pet is as powerful as loosing a family member only this one you really love.
I am on my third dog and she is just as cute as the others but with a love that is so worth the investment of me into the relationship. They only live a decade or a little over and that is the gift we must realize is the special one.
Best to you and soon another set of wet sloppy lips will cross your own with a smile.