Christmas and the Loss of Your Dog
by William McAvoy
(Overland Park, Kansas)
Willy, my 2-year-old dog
This is to everyone:
It is so hard when you lose a dog around the holidays. It is normal to grieve and not want to celebrate the holidays.
My suggestion is: do not be alone. Get together with friends and family so you can laugh and cry together.
Everyone is different when dealing with the death of their dog. I must say that to almost all of us, THEY ARE OUR FAMILY/KIDS! You as an individual will decide when it is time to get another family member.
As for me, I went to a shelter two days after losing my Pappy dog and just happened to find a great friend waiting for me! I returned 2 days later and adopted him. I named him Willy and he helped me so much to get through my difficult time around the holiday season! I can only hope he lives a long healthy life and avoids this very bad cancer disease in his lifetime!
I am so thankful for this site and forum. I follow it all the time! Do what is right for you after your dog loss - But do not be alone! I know how bad it is after your loss. It is like a living nightmare! Time will heal and that is the only thing you can count on!
Take care and love your dog every second you can, their lives are way too short! They should live as long as us humans!
One last thing to remember when your dog moves on is that: You did not just take care of him/her. They took care of you in the biggest way! And there will be another to do the same and you will love him/her just the same!
Happy holidays from Billy n Willy dog!
(Submitted Monday Dec. 10, 2012)