The Best 10 Years of My Life

Last night my 10 year old dog died in my arms. He was ill and did not survive a fight with my other dog. I think he died happy, he knew he was loved and cherished. I have no idea how I will be able to cope. Still, no matter how painful all this is, I know I was blessed to have him by my side and lucky to have had him for 10 years.

We were toghether through good and bad, happy and not so happy- he was always by my side and always loving and loyal.

Right now I have a terrible headache, my eyes burn and feel some sort of pressure in my chest, but the worst part is the feeling of emptyness, knowing that something is missing.

Maybe time will help, probably not. I thought writing and posting this would. It has not.

xanderking xanderking
31-35
11 Responses Mar 2, 2009

I went through the same thing with my cat of 16 years less than a week ago. The headache was the worst headache I'd ever had, that lasted for days. I still get the pain in my chest and throat every time I think of her. I cry before I fall asleep, and I cry when I wake up. The hardest part was the lack of support from outsiders. So help me, if one more person says, "oh, you can get another one." I'll punch the in their face! And the fact that there is no bereavement time for pets from work is terrible, I almost got fired. and that's a fun thing to pile on top. I am still angry and super depressed. And you're right, this writing it out doesn't help at all. Hope you're heart and head stops aching. And try to remember your old man the way he was as a pup, all the silly things he did and how he got into trouble. It helps to laugh about the good times... even tho they usually end up just making us cry again.

Hang in there, it gets better. I know nothing can help the healing process but time itself. Just hang in there. Big friendly hug, Diego

"You never know what you have until it is gone" is my statement.

True, but maybe we should all learn to appreciate what we have in our everyday lives and be grateful, rather than regret what could have been said/done...

My dog Aspen died at age 13 in human years. He was in our garage if you read my story 'The last breath' you'll here the whole thing

A few years ago we lost our family dog Max and I was having trouble dealing with it so I wrote him a letter. I wrote about our life together from the time he was a puppy and great job he did helping me raise my two small children. After about 500 words I felt better. I had a sense of closure by acknowledging his contribution to our family. I know he will be waiting for me in heaven.

Definetly RELATE! Ya never know how much they mean to ya till their gone! But that life it gave you will strenghten you~

Visit www.pet-honoring.com , maybe doing an honoring ceremony will help. best to you, L

I AM SO SORRY FOR ALL WHO HAVE LOST A BELOVED PET, IT IS ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS TO GO THROUGH IN OUR LIVES. SOMETIMES HARDER THAN LOSING A HUMAN!! I HAVE BEEN THERE AND WILL BE THERE AGAIN ONE DAY AS I HAVE 2 DOGS THAT I WILL HAVE TO LET GO OF.<br />
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

I feel so sorry for you.<br />
About this time last year .<br />
I put my cat done.<br />
He was gettiing mean and he was feeling so bad.<br />
It was the hardest thing i every did.<br />
<br />
it took me 7 months to get another one.<br />
but i think of rome all the time .<br />
<br />
it is sad that they get old.<br />
But they do.<br />
<br />
hang in there .<br />
And i don't think you are alone.<br />
<br />
Lasahanda

I feel for you too. The worst part of having pets is when they pass on :( Keep your spirits up!

It's not easy.. but hang in there, OK.? (((hugs)))