by Gigi McWhirter
We also reflect on those who are no longer with us because they have transitioned out of their earthly body to their heavenly body.
For those of us who have had the honor to love a dog or any other animal the feeling of loss is often the same as when a human passes, and sadly there will be people who say: “It was just a dog (or cat, or horse or bird, or…).”
Hopefully, the following essay will help them understand what we who have loved an animal are feeling. Like me, you may have seen this meme/quote by Emily Perez on social media:
Just a Dog, Right?
By Emily Perez
“Six months after your dog passes you still can’t talk about her: Yet some may say, “she was just a dog.”
You reach under your bed and stumble across an old toy of hers and burst into tears. Yet she was just a dog.
After a long and mentally draining day at work, you’d give anything to be able to come home and just cuddle with her: Yet she was just a dog.
Those who have never owned one, will never get it. That dog, was your friend, cuddle buddy, jogging partner, playmate, anxiety reliever, alarm clock, guard dog, etc.
Just a dog, Right?”
Grief is a natural and normal response one feels after the loss of a loved one whether human or animal. Animals also may feel grief. Let’s remember to be kind to one another, offer an empathetic ear and do our best to help heal a broken heart.
If you think your pet is showing unusual symptoms and you suspect she may be suffering after the loss of a loved one, please discuss it with her veterinarian. For humans, there also are several websites such as www.rainbowsbridge.com to offer support and understanding. You can also find several books on the subject. Check with your hospital or clergy for grief counseling sources. Grief is real and worthy of support.
May love and fond memories fill your hearts.
“Happy Tails to You”