Grieving the Death of My Dog

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.

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4 comments

  1. rosemary becker says:

    my sheltie, Sweetie just died yesterday, aug. 25,2008. she had a heart valve leak and it could’nt be fixed, she had a heart attack, she was 14. i am so depressed i don’t know what to do. i walk around the house looking for her. i can’t stop crying, i can’t do the normal things i need to get done.

  2. Catherine Gonzalez says:

    SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR DOG. I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. I JUST LOST MY DOG ON 9-19-08. HER NAME WAS AUTUM AND I HAD HER FOR 13 1/2 YEARS. I MISS HER SO MUCH. I FOUND ENCOURAGEMENT IN READING YOUR WEBSITE. NOW I KNOW I AM NOT THE ONLY PERSON WHO FEELS THIS WAY.
    PLEASE RESPOND, MAYBE WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER.

  3. j rauer says:

    My beloved Scottie Maddie died in her bed on Saturday. 10 years old. I went to check her and she looked so peaceful…too peaceful. I had petted her minutes earlier.

    She ate a normal dinner the night before and chased a squirrel that very morning. I am crushed.

    She died of complications of Cushing’s disease and although under treatment, all to no avail.

    Be aware if your dog changes appearance or habita.

    Maddie was Grandma to Tillie, and mother of Minnie. Minnie was mother to Tilly. All three had a wonderful 8 months together. Maddie was most repsonsive to the now 8 month old puppy. I think this helps.

    Kindest regards, JR Two AKC Champions going on Three!

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