We know it is going to happen as old age is inevitable.
We try our very best to be prepared for that gloomy day when we have to say goodbye to our best friend. However, when that day does come, you still don’t feel prepared.
Why does the pain of losing a pet feel so much like you have lost a family member?
Surely it’s just an animal and you shouldn’t feel so hurt? But that is so far from the truth, they become more than just an animal occupying our space.
We open our homes to these little creatures and soon they have stolen a piece of our heart. A void has been filled by the unconditional love your pet has given you.
You find yourself spending many happy hours together, and you form many fond memories. You get to know your pet on a personal level, and know when they are not feeling like themselves.
When you are feeling down, your pet can sense it and will comfort you. You wonder how you would ever be able to live without your beloved pet?
Then that day arrives, you can see your pet is not themselves. You rush them off to the vet and deep down you know what they are going to say.
As prepared as you may think you are, the vet will deliver his bad news. Your pet has contracted an illness but sadly your pet is too old to be saved.
That news drives a knife into your heart! How can this happen? All the thoughts come flooding over you, what if you had come sooner? What if?
You find your heart has been shattered into a million pieces as you leave the vet, empty inside. No companion returning home with you.
How do your other pets feel? Do they realize what just happened? A flood of emotions take a hold of you and the tears come rolling down.
The reality is all living creatures have to die at some stage. Many pets have a short life span compared to people. We sometimes wish our beloved pets could live as long as we do, but sadly they don’t.
People form emotional attachments to living creatures and therefore a strong bond is created. We have a deep sense of love for our pets and when death comes knocking it is hard to let them go.
Time will go by however, our memories of our dearly departed will never cease. So why does losing a pet feel so heart wrenching?
As with people you form a relationship by spending time with each other. You see your pet every day, you play and interact with them daily and a friendship is built.
We become emotionally attached the same way we would with any other person.
It is a bond no one can describe until that bond has been broken and you have to say goodbye…
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