The Loss of a Dog

Why is it so hard to lose a dog? Having a dog die is heartbreaking. Having to euthanize one is worse. I had that experience many years ago and years after that with a cat. As much as I love my cats, I believe that the bond one has with their dog is stronger. It is hard to explain why but it must have something to do with dogs having spent the last several centuries adapting to the lives of humans. While some dogs have been bred to have dual roles as hunters or shepherds most have evolved only to be our companions. 

Dogs are like a friend who never brings up our weak or negative points. Dogs accept us unconditionally. Our dogs are always glad to see us and with their eyes they thank us for every morsel or treat that we provide to them. 

If you’ve never owned and loved a dog, don’t be surprised when someone who does have a dog becomes grieved at its loss. There is no service, no newspaper write up, no visitation to comfort the owner but don’t miss the fact that the owner does need for you to care. They may be hesitant to show their grief, but it is there just as it is with the loss of a friend for a dog is a faithful friend. 

As we established before https://crookedcreek.live/2019/12/05/benefits-of-owning-a-dog/ dog owners live longer and research shows they live happier. Dogs give back so much love and devotion for what they receive from us. 

“May I become the kind of person that my dog thinks I already am,” someone has said. 

“When the dog looks at you, the dog is not thinking what kind of a person you are. The dog is not judging you.” Eckhart Tolle

Title portrait of Luke by Artist Pat Brooks

6 Comments

  1. Oh Sue. How sweet. A few years ago my daughter in SC Was losing her beloved Frosty. Lisa and I flew down a day early to be with my daughter’s family at the vet’s office before they put Frosty to sleep. It was heartbreaking. Afterward my daughter said, “I never knew it hurt so much to lose a dog.” All I could do was hold her and cry with her. I loved Frosty too.

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  2. My girl Foxy. I will dread the day. She is my reason.

    On Thu, Oct 15, 2020, 8:30 AM Crooked Creek by Sue Mattingly wrote:

    > crookedcreek.live posted: “Why is it so hard to lose a dog? Having a dog > die is heartbreaking. Having to euthanize one is worse. I had that > experience many years ago and years after that with a cat. As much as I > love my cats, I believe that the bond one has with their dog is strong” >

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