If you are one of the very unfortunate individuals that lost your dog sometime during 2012 to illness, accident or old age, now is the time to remember just what that dog meant to you. A canine is a friend and family to boot so you will most likely go through all the emotions – just like you do with other friends and family members.
For example, if your dog was sick, you may feel guilty that you were unable to do more for him or her. If you could not afford the veterinarian bills so you thought it best to put your pet to sleep so that it would not suffer any longer, you will not only feel pain, but perhaps some anger, too; not just for the cost but that in the end you lost your pet anyway.
No matter the age of the pet and no matter how it died, you will feel sad and depressed. Many people speak to their pets just like any other member of the family and never being able to hear the dog’s bark, howl, whine or snore again will be hard, but never being met at the door again about yanks a dog lover’s heart right through his or her chest!
For creative individuals, it is always a good idea to put together some type of memorial to the pet; whether it is a garden scene for those dogs that loved the outdoors, a scrapbook of photos and memories about you and the dog and your life together, a collage that you are able to hang and look at all of the time, a painting of your furry best friend to appear above the fireplace, or a barrage of other things that will help you to remember. It is always great to have something dedicated just to the dog.
Journaling is a great idea for those that like to write can help you to still communicate with your beloved canine and help you through the grieving process. It is even fun to have other people close to you add their two cents about the dog, your relationship with the dog, and other fun ditties that you may have forgotten until they are written down. Another way to help you get over the loss, if you are ready to go out in public, is to dedicate your time and perhaps even a donation, in your pet’s honor and do a charity walk or run for the good of other animals.
No matter what you may do, make it a positive experience so that you honor your dog. Take care of yourself because that is what your dog would have wanted because he or she did their best to take care of you while they were still here.
Remember your pooch. Honor the love you had with your pooch. Keep your pooch’s memory alive the best way you know how. No matter what it is you do, make it right for you!