3/10/16

Coping with the Loss of a Pet

I will be taking a couple of days off from posting to my blog. Yesterday, my beloved dog, Buddy, passed away. He was 16 years old and he was the best dog I ever knew. We rescued him when he was 3 years old and he was my constant companion. Buddy spent most of his time just laying at my feet or following me around from room to room. I will miss him tremendously and my heart is really hurting right now. Buddy was kind and gentle, but loved me fiercely. He was adored by everyone who met him. He was truly the perfect dog for me and when he passed away, he took a big chunk of my heart with him. I loved him more than I ever believed I could love a pet.
My home feels very empty now and incredibly quiet. The noises I hear are no longer him. My children are all grown up and moved out a couple years ago to start their own lives, so the "empty nest syndrome" has just become more real to me. I find myself a bit lost. I'm still looking behind my chair before I scoot back, or checking under my recliner footrest to make sure he's not there before I put my feet down. And each time it hits me that he won't ever be there again. I'm no hurry to wipe his nose-prints off the patio door, and it's okay with me that I'll be finding his fur on everything I own for months to come.
I'm working through my loss by slowly cleaning up his belongings to donate, gathering up what's left of his food and treats, and keeping a few small things of his, like his collar and his favorite blue ball. I'll never forget how lovingly he used to just sit and watch me, how he would nuzzle his nose up to me to have his ears and neck scratched, or how he would roll over to have his belly rubbed and point his toes when I obliged. Buddy was always so excited when I walked in the door, even if I was only gone five minutes. I know he will be waiting for me at the gates of heaven, wagging his tail, when my time has come.
Goodbye Buddy, my sweet boy. I'm so blessed to have had you in my life. I hope you know how much I loved you back. I will see you on the other side.

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26 comments:

  1. I loved him too. Dug up the pictures of me with him last summer. I bawled for a solid hour yesterday. I love you too and know what you are feeling. Sending my hugs. Love, Mom

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  2. He was a beautiful dog and I know how you feel. I lost my companion several years ago and still miss him. You did great by him and he lived a very long and loved life. Hugs to you.

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  3. Now I'm shedding a tear, too. Our dear pet companions are such an integral part of our lives, and when they go, the loss is deep. Best wishes to you in these first days without your Buddy.

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  4. I'm so very sorry to hear about Buddy! I lost my babydog who I had for 18 years last September. It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to go through. I wish I could make it better for you. Just know that you'll be in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you lots of hugs.

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss. We lost our family dog a couple years ago and I still miss him so much. It will take time to ease the loss but he will be forever with you.

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  6. What a nice tribute you wrote for Buddy. Our springer girl is 14 1/2 and I dread the day as well. May your happy memories of Buddy help you cope with the loss of your loved fur baby.

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  7. Again I'm so sorry Lisa, I know the pain of losing someone you have had beside you for so many years. The ache does lessen though. I am so glad you had so many years with that sweetie though *hugs*

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  8. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

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  9. I'm sorry for the loss of Buddy. He was a beautiful dog. I feel the same way about my furry children.

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  10. Such a sweet and wonderful dog. I feel your pain and I am sure many animal lovers do. Years ago I lost a wonderful poodle and a few years ago a wonderful cat. I took my time donating their items also and kept some of their things for memories. We all still miss them and always will, but we will always remember the super funny things they did and how happy they made us and you will too. Sending much sympathy.
    Maryann
    twinkle at optonline dot net

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  11. I totally understand. I've lost 3 of my closest "friends"-animals since Gracie was born. Animals are like children to us. I love the 3 dogs I have right now terribly. Walter though is MY BABY, he follows me everywhere. I'm sorry for your loss.

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