A house is not a home without a dog! For most people reading these pages this is indeed a statement of great truth, a house really is not a home without at least one dog providing unconditional love and companionship. However our dear friends have one distinct disadvantage when it comes to age and they leave us all too soon. Thus, when the inevitable happens the loss is often too much to bear. However, after an often extended period of grievingwe 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. Though grief is a high price to pay, the love of a pet and friend is worthwhile.
Some people find difficulty in forming long standing relationshipsand many sadly find themselves alone for other reasons so they invest all their love in their pet, and experience the full gambit of emotion and emptiness when that pet is taken from them. It is important to know that this is a normal reaction to such a loss 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.
We must remember that should you adopt another pet it is not a sign of disloyalty, but instead a tribute to the love and care that you feel for your companions. A pet can never be replaced but there is nothing wrong with filling the tremendous void left behind 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 we find it difficult to discuss our grief with those closest to us especially if they did not share our love for our pet, others may be trying to disguise their own sadness at the event. If you need to talk to someone less familiar please feel free to call 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.
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.
Look not where I was, for I am not there,
My spirit is free, I am everywhere.
In the air that you breathe, in the sounds that you hear
Donít cry for me Mum and Dad, my spirit is very near.
Iíll watch for you from the other side
Iíll be the one running, new friends by my side
Smile at my memory, remember in your heart
This isnít the end, itís a brand new start.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.