The pain of losing someone dear is no less deep when that individual is an animal. Give yourself permission to grieve the loss. There's no single method or timeline for moving on, and the only rule is to steer clear of those people who are unable to understand. In the meantime, reach out to friends or family who can be supportive. You may want to consider organizing a memorial event for your dog, creating a scrapbook or piece of art, or perhaps even joining a pet loss support group. Some people find that the best medicine is adoption — providing a loving home for another dog in need.
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Dog Grief Experts Questions and Answers
QUESTION: My dog is getting on in years. She's got arthritis and a heart murmur. I love her and I'm going to miss her, and I'm not sure if I'm holding onto her for my benefit or hers. How do I tell when it's time for my dog to be put to sleep?
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