The Loss of A Pet
For most people reading these pages, a house is not a home without at least one dog providing unconditional love and companionship. Dogs however have one major design fault - they don't live as long as we do. Thus, when the inevitable comes the loss is often too much to bear. However, after a period of grieving lasting from weeks to sometimes years we give our hearts to another pet and do it all over again, a clear indication of the pure pleasure we derive from sharing our life with an animal. Grief is the price we pay for love and is usually well worthwhile.
Some people are so disillusioned with human relationships that they invest all their love on their pet, and experience a whole range of emotions and emptiness when that pet is taken from them. It is important to know that this is a normal reaction and that it is necessary to go through a period of mourning and not to 'put on a brave face' which can be harmful and cause illness. Adopting another pet is not a sign of disloyalty, but merely a tribute to the love shared with the departed one. A pet cannot be replaced but there is nothing wrong with filling the tremendous void that exists, and it is important to remember that each is an individual in its own right and is equally deserving of our love and care.
Sometimes it is not easy discussing your grief with a member of the family who may be dismissive, or merely trying to disguise their own grief. If you need to talk to someone less familiar please feel free to ring us on 0844 879 4260. We understand all too well how you are feeling and are quite used to tears at the other end of the phone.
Old Dogs Never Die
We have a secret, you and I, that no-one else shall know,
For who but I can see you lie each night in fire glow?
And who but I can reach my hand before we go to bed,
And feel the living warmth of you and touch your silken head?
And only I walk woodland paths and see, ahead of me,
Your small form racing with the wind, so young again and free.
And only I can see you swim in every brook I pass,
And when I call, no one but I can see the bending grass.
You are invited to submit a tribute to a beloved pet, together with a photograph if you wish, to be included in our memorial section. Please send to .