I have been doing some research about dog death and how it effect’s their owners, because I am still so sad about my dog Magnum’s death. As well, my other dog Sonny, who was Magnum’s son, is depressed and all of a sudden he is having trouble getting up.
What I have found out is that we are perfectly normal in loving our dog who was our best friend for so long. My dog was here for 14 1/2 years. My other dog Sonny has never been alone. Where ever Magnum was, there was Sonny. Sonny was always resting his head on Magnum’s butt. The three of us have been quite a team for quite some time.
I am actually surprised by the depth of the loss that I feel. I know that my friends and family really don’t understand how much I still miss my dog. Some people actually say to me “he was only a dog”. I am totally offended by this, as my Magnum was my best friend. How can anyone say that about my dog. I feel the same amount of grief, or maybe even more, that I would feel if a relative or friend had died.
It is important to me to find wherever possible, all the support and compassion that I can find to feel like I am being comforted. I have found for me that I have a few friends that I can call on. They have had or do have pets. I have had great support from my minister ( who suggested to me to have a funeral for Magnum). I have also found support in some of the dog forums as well.
The most important point I would like to stress to anyone who has another animal, is to support the dog that remains. They are going through their own grief. I wish that Sonny could talk, but as he can’t I hope that he knows, and I am trying to show him how much I love him and care about him.