The Agony of Losing a Pet Is Worse Than People Know

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Losing a pet is so much more painful than most people realize. It can even end in “broken heart syndrome.” Here’s how.

The Agony of Losing a Pet Is Worse Than People Know

Do you have a pet you adore? I love seeing pictures and reading stories about the precious pets people have. If you haven’t read this story about a life-saving Pitbull, you have to! Such a sweetie.

The Agony of Losing a Pet

When a pet dies, the family who loved that fur baby is grief-stricken. Pets are family members. They are there when we wake up, and beside us when we go to sleep. They see us sick, happy, angry, sad, and they never pass judgment. Our pets see the truth of who we are and they love us in spite of ourselves.

Isn’t that what family is supposed to do? Be there in good and bad times, offering support and unconditional love? Some may say they don’t even get that kind of care from their human families.

That’s why Scientific American says we should take pet loss seriously.

The aching hearts of those who lose a pet are often lonely hearts. After her dog died, a woman suffered from a terrible condition called “broken heart syndrome.” SA explains, “It can happen when the response to grief is so severe the person exhibits symptoms that mimic a heart attack, including elevated hormone levels that can be 30 times greater than normal.”

Essentially, the author says when you’re in anguish after this kind of loss, you need to reach out and let people know how badly you’re hurting.

“We need to seek social support from people we know will understand and sympathize with our emotions and not judge us for them.”

I think as a society we can always do a better job of supporting each other.

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

You were used to morning purring to wake you up and now it’s quiet. You and your good boy always went for a walk before heading to bed. Now the leash hangs still.

When you open the front door, no one runs to you. At night all you can think about is how long it been since you slept in a bed without a four-legged friend taking up all the space.

That’s why the rest of us should show up, be loving, supportive and continue to be so for as long as it takes. There is no timeline on grief.

“It is time we gave grieving pet owners the recognition, support and consideration they need. Yes, it is up to us to identify and address our emotional wounds when our pet dies, but the more validation we receive from those around us, the quicker and the more complete our psychological recovery will be.” – Scientific American

If you’ve lost a pet, I want you to know how sorry I am you’re in pain. Tell us about them in the comments. What made you love them so? Did they have a favorite toy or a sweet way of showing you their love?

Don’t hesitate to reach out to a therapist to help you get through.

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236 comments on “The Agony of Losing a Pet Is Worse Than People Know”

  1. I lost my cat misskins on 25th September. She was 12. I watched her raise her babies and she watched me raise mine. I really was notnprepared for how much pain this has put me in. I’m broken. I haven’t had time to grieve, you can’t have time off work for the loss of a pet. The kids still need to go to school, the housework still needs doing. My best friends husband has terminal cancer so I feel bad being this upset when she us dealing with that. I don’t know what to do. I’m so hurt. I’ve always been level headed. Cope well under stress, just crack on. But this has really thrown me. I’m not okay.

  2. I lost my sweet Sully 4/5/21. The pain is deep and raw that it takes my breath away sometimes. I still cry most days. I do have some good days when I can talk about him without crying, but those are few and far between. It’s a hard thing for others to understand. I was very ill for a while and Sully was the only reason I got out of bed. He was a silly, loyal, loving, playful, snoring little guy that no other dog can replace. I don’t think I can ever get souther dog, some say that’s selfish. But I can’t go through losing one again. I’m still grieving so badly for Sully. I know grief has no time limit but my heart still feels broken. Time hasn’t healed me, it’s just made me adjust to a new normal without him.

  3. We just lost our Oakley on 10/21/2023 she was a Chihuahua mix my special things with her is when she wanted to sit close and cuddle, she would take her paw and tap me with it and do a whimper wine! When it was time to go out side she liked to play a game you have to catch me first! Oakley first started sleeping with my younger daughter then she gradually went to my older daughter and slept with her for the longest time. Then she ended up sleeping with my wife and I she love to sleep under the blankets too! She wouldn’t eat her food, unless it was heated up and she would eat with a spoon! But back to her passing we got Oakley when she was old enough to leave her mother but we didn’t know when it’s a time she had some health issues she started coughing so we took her to the vet did bloodwork x-rays and said they never seen lungs like hers, her lungs were really raspy we always knew one was time to go to the vet she would stop eating her food and get really raspy! The vet said that they didn’t know how long she would be around, but we had Oakley bro almost 3 years she would’ve been three in December gone too soon! Thank you for letting me share take care and god bless!

  4. Kimberly Williams

    I had to put my precious calico down on 7-14-2023. My life will never be the same without her. My soul is crushed, but I knew in my heart it was time to let her go to the rainbow bridge.

  5. I lost my Jasper several weeks ago and I’m still hurting, trying to put on a brave face. The house is so quiet, He loved me more than family

  6. I lost my furr baby, Juneau, the day before Valentine’s Day. My heart is just broken. She had been through everything with me. Including the loss of my husband. I still have two elderly dogs to go through this with. I have never been without a dog my whole life but I will now. I feel her loss everyday.

  7. I’ve lost many pets, some tolerated, others deeply loved. But each time one of them passes, a bit of me dies with them. I can’t have any more pets. There’s not enough of me left.

    1. I’m sorry for your loss. I know what you mean about losing a part of yourself. I can’t go through losing another one either.

  8. We lost Dylan our bichon frisé on 30th January 2023. He was 14 1/2. I have never felt more pain. We were on holiday in Spain with him when he got a bad tummy. After 3 days we took him to the vets who took some bloods and immediately sent him to hospital. He died 2 days later of kidney failure. The hospital phoned us after he had died so we never got the chance to say goodbye. That’s what hurts the most. I still keep wondering if he thought we had abandoned him because it feels like we did. We came home to all his things that were where we had left them. His baskets, toy box, water bowls etc. The house seems so quiet without him. He was my baby and I don’t think I will ever get over losing him. We have had other dogs in the past but he was so special

  9. My Beautiful baby daughter left me on 4/25 she was 13 1/2 and the love of my life, I didn’t want her at first my husband did I didn’t want to fall in love with her but we did she not a dog to me she my kid we would do anything for her and we did my husband Summer daddy pass almost 4 years ago a Family of 3 became a family of 2 she loved her dad so much but when he died she gave me all the love she could because she whew her mommy needed her she wouldn’t kiss me she only kiss her dad but the day he died she started to give me kisses our family 3 was a family of 2 now it’s just me no one to go the Beach with or go to a coffee shop with no one for me to buy things for she my best friend my soulmate, summer had a boyfriend/fiancé dog she meet when she 6 months old and he was 2 I was he dog walker summer and duke loved each other so much he got cancer but he was all better the last day of his treatment was the day my baby girl Left he was there with us and 4 days later he got a new cancer he would look for her and start to crying he died 42 days later he loves her as much as I do… I just want to be with my girl again

  10. We just lost our chocolate lab Cooper on Thursday. We left earlier that day for our daughter’s band trip. She had graduated the night before too. We weren’t there with him, but my MIL was. It was hard coming home from the trip knowing he wouldn’t be there.

  11. I have been blessed that all my rescue furkidz lived till 16, 18 and 21 . Puppy Murray was my soul dog, he has been gone for more than 20 years now and I’m still heartbroken to this day . My beautiful Amber gone 6 years now and I can only start saying her name now without falling apart . I have adopted 2 girls since and the joy they bring is immeasurable, they have brought me back to life . Don’t ever wait to adopt, it fills a deep void and saves 2 lives …Yours and theirs ❤️

  12. Kimberly Boling

    Lost my boxer Rosie February 23 hardest thing I’ve dealt with even harder than losing my parent. My rottie is still sad and I don’t know if it’s to soon to get her. Puppy any suggestions?

  13. I lost my Shih Tzu Shadow due to pancreatitis very recently. He was 13. He filled our home with joy and laughter and he made me laugh even when I didn’t want to. He laid quietly by my side when I was sick. He just seemed to know. He had the heart of a lion the sweetness of a lamb. I was devastated to lose him. I miss his night time snuggles, his happy dog runs through the house, those little teddy bear like eyes looking at me when he wanted a goodie. He was the best thing in my life.

  14. We lost our girl on April 12 to cancer and my heart is broken. We adopted her when she was about 7 weeks old and has her about three weeks before she turned 14, I’m grateful to have had her for a long life but miss her love, our walks, her kisses and her sweet smile. I pray that I’ll see her again in heaven. She brought so much love to me, anything that pure seems be deserving of heaven.

  15. Our dog, Chuck, was hit and killed by a car right in front of us. He was my daughter’s best friend. She will miss him for the rest of her life.

  16. carolyn elrod

    I’ve had many dogs over the years, as few as 3 or as many as 6 at one time. Losing my English Cocker Roxy many years ago was hard, even though she lived to be nearly 17. she was a very sweet and loving little dog, loved to sit and rock in the recliner. when she got old and feeble she loved to be rocked. I still tear up thinking about her sweetness. More recently, i had a rescued dachshund, Copper, that I only got to love 3 years. she was a breeding dog and iI got her from an online ad when she was retired at the age of 6 or 7. She hated men and was very neurotic, but became hyper attached to me. It took a year for my husband to win her over but she still preferred me. Our first big trip away from home we went to visit our son at his new apartment in Milwaukee. We rode up the elevator to the 8th floor and settled her in with our sons dog who had lived at our house with Copper. Once down stairs, our sons fiance had to run back up to the apartment. Copper dated our, looking me, got on the elevator by herself, and fortunately got caught before she got lost in the high rise. She was difficult and cranky, but loved to be near me at all times and looked at me with such adoring eyes. I lost her unexpectedly to a perforated bowel and sepsis, but i was thankful to be holding her when she passed. i couldn’t bear to leave her at the emergency vet, thinking i had abandoned her like her 5 previous owners. After 6 years of puppies and different owners, I gave her 3 years of fun, travel, camping, and dress up at Octoberfest. She was special.

  17. We lost our handsome Dez of 7 years to cancer on March 6, 2023. It was such a shock when we got results and after the vet visit, he died peacefully in his sleep by my bed. We miss him so much. He was by my side always. He was my fur baby, my protector, my bestfriend.

    1. Michelle Foley

      I’m so sorry for your loss. My black pug/chiwawah Hugo was killed the same way in front of Me. I’m devastated. He was only 3 years old & I had him since 6 wks. I can relate to your pain. Hugo has showed me signs that he’s still with me like the day after he was killed I was looking at 3D memes & up popped this little black pug that looked just like Hugo. I lost it crying but I smiled too.

  18. We just put our Sweet Ruby down. My heart aches for her. I am putting together a memory box with her favorite things. I include her collars and tags. A picture and her favorite bones.
    I did this for our Shepherd and it gives me his sweet face.
    Thank you for allowing us to share in our grief.


    I just lost my 14 year old mini doxie Boone. After a rapid health decline, letting him go was so very hard. For the first time in my 58 years I wake up we ithout a loyal dog looking at me. So very

  20. My beautiful beagle knew when my mental health was bad. He was my significant support. He used to back up and sit on my right foot all the time so I knew he was there. My heart is broken. The grief is debilitating I don’t know how to breath without him. I’m waiting impatiently to see him again…. No one understands

  21. I lost my pug of 17 years ,Muggzzy he was with me when my partner of 12 years passed and slept with me every night all thru the years and traveled with me .we had a moment of homeless ness and he got me thru the fear of not getting thru that when Ihe died. I felt as if a part of me died with him the struggle has been difficult something always feels missing , but I’m getting thru it it helps to think of him as my spirit guide now .

  22. Melissa Stewart

    Our 15year old Britney Spaniel (Oliver) died last Thrusday. I’m am still broken hearted. He was a pound rescue and our sweet kind funny loving boy. He would go Huckleberry picking and would pick and eat more than I could pick off a bush!!

  23. Cara Defriece

    I lost my black lab, Barney, recently. We don’t know if he had a heart attack or if he got into something toxic. His death was unexpected. I miss him so much. It has helped that I already had a new puppy.

  24. Just lost 2 dogs in 2 mos at a transitional point in my life. It has been devastating. Thank you for the article.

  25. Luella Pinelli

    We had our dog Mallorie for 11 beautiful years. When she was 8 years old her vet suggested we consider getting a companion dog for her. So we adopted our American coonhound Copper. When we lost our Mallorie, we were so sad. And Copper was even sadder. She took to sleeping on Mallorie’s bed until it was so worn through we had to throw it out. Copper was with us 4 years after that when she started having no bowel or kidney control. Her vet examined her and told us that Copper had the doggie version of Lou Gehrig’s disease, and she would eventually lose all control of her body. One of the saddest days of my life was when we brought her to have the vet put her to sleep. She passed away in my lap, and I cannot get that vision out of my head. Even now many years later, I expect her to come running to the door when I get home. I have had a lot of pets through the years, so I know the joy of having them, and the complete devastation and sorrow of no longer having them with us. I know they are in pet heaven, and I am looking forward to the day when I can see all my horses, cats, and dogs again.

  26. Lost our little 13 year old Yorkshire Terrier, lastnight. We live on a farm, and he disappeared. He either went somewhere to go to doggy heaven or a predator got him. It’s been a hard night and day. I’m praying the Lord will show us where he’s at so we can give a nice burial.


    I lost my 23 year old cat, Theo when I had to have him put to sleep on Christmas Day 2019. My life has not been the same since and the grief I feel now is just as bad. I can’t say his name without crying.

    1. Kimberly Williams

      Sorry for your loss. I put my calico girl down yesterday and the pain is unbearable. She just turned 18 in June, my heart is broken.

  28. I lost my beautiful Pom Lily unexpectedly 2/14. She was the light of my life. She had just turned 10. I’m so so sad . My heart looks for her everywhere…. I miss that sweet smiling face and tail wags!!! My world has stopped turning the joy she brought to every moment was immeasurable. I hurt down to my soul

  29. I just lost my little chiweenie bugs 2 weeks ago. Sudden heart attack. I did CPR but could not save him. The look on his face, him gasping 3 times before dying, he looked so scared. I’m honestly traumatized by the whole sudden event. He wasn’t even terribly old for his breed, 11 & in good health.. I should have had 4 to 5 more years with him at least. The pain is unbelievable. He was my emotional support, little soft head, snorts & spaz paws when we danced in the kitchen together, loved to cuddle & loved me fiercely. My heart is broken.

  30. we had to put my 15 year old cat down, he was very sick with an ulcerous tumor and in a lot of pain but it still was very hard. the next day my brother died suddenly. i don’t think i truly was able to grieve my cat because it all went to my brother. it was harder dealing with the loss later when things quieted down. i see something every day that reminds me of him. he had his favorite catnip banana that he always would lay with. now my other cat lays with it all the time. i think he misses his brother too, but he has been a big help to have still with me as well.

  31. We had rescued a male and a female, Joey and Simone. They were buddies for over 9 years. We found out Simone had terminal tumors and not much longer to live. We had the time to love up on her and were prepared for her send off. We were not prepared for our healthy Joey to die 19 days later of a broken heart. That devasted us so tremendously, that over 6 years have passed and I still choke up. We only recently rescued another dog, Gunner, that has been an absolute blessing and has helped us fill the void of the last 6 years. Thank you for this article.

  32. Thank you for shedding light on this issue. I had my beautiful Min-Jee for 11 wonderful year’s. I lost her in December 2022. Acute heart arrhythmia. I was grief stricken, heart broken with such sadness. I missed her so much, I would cry my eyes out, just speaking about her. Well, three 3 months have passed and I have a new puppy. Some say it was too soon, who knows, but I felt so much love toward my new pup, she makes me smile and I never ever will forget my Min-Jee. I just want to give my love and kindness again and my new pup, Eun-Ji is a fluffy of joy.

    1. I tell people it’s never too soon. You’re not replacing the dog you loved and lost. You just have room to love another. Only you can tell what timing is right for you. I have had several dogs in my life. They have all been loved and continue to be well after they’re gone. I just know I have enough love for others. I also believe it helps heal.

  33. Tanith Gregg

    On Feb 7, 2023 we lost 3 very beloved dogs. Cicero German Shepherd age 11. Spent 10 years as a Service Dog for children with autism.
    Rosie Bot, German Shepherd age 3, Bot was intensely in love with me and was very protective and extremely affectionate towards me. She went everywhere I could possibly take her, even to work. She was loyal, she was beautiful and she was smart!! She would open doors like a pro, lock us out if she was left inside while we stepped outside she could work a bolt lock better then most humans!! She was just still starting her life.
    Rugar aka “Love Bug” German Shepherd/Pit Bull mix age 1 1/2.
    He was born in our home, he was the only one that we couldn’t let go of he was just a chill and attentive puppy. He came into our lives when our roommate needed him most, as life had kinda kicked him down Bugs showed him hope, adventure and love again. We called him our “Hybrid” bc of how muscular and handsome w his shiny black coat and one ear up while the other flopped just near the top. Just a love bug.
    Sometime in the week prior someone entered our private property and put antifreeze soaked treats in the forest where the dogs would freely run and play as they had for over 10 years.
    Bugs started getting sick the night before and we thought it was a mild symptom of some sort and we would check in the morning and see how he was doing. Next morning he seemed better so we went about our day took all 4 of our dogs out to run errands and when we got home the girls collapsed. We rushed them to the ER Vet where they did all they could but all 3 were far beyond anything but brutal pain until the end. We held them each as they passed away.
    The 4th dog never liked to leave the house area so fortunately he wasn’t poisoned. He is sooooo depressed. He is chewing on himself. He is lost w out his pack.
    My inside now feels dreadful. Life feels ugly.
    Thousands in debt trying to save them.
    There not waiting for me to knock groceries out if my arms bc they are so excited to love on me. I sleep w out them. I wake w / out them. The house is cleaner… and i hate it.
    I don’t feel safe.

  34. We got our Goldendoodle, Buddy, from a local shelter. His elderly owners were unable to keep him after going to a nursing home. He filled our lives with joy for 9 years. He was the most affectionate loving boy! He literally went from seemingly healthy to a diagnosis of IMHA caused by hemangiosarcoma overnight. I had to make the choice to sleep him two weeks later. This was in July of 2022 & I still cry every day. I miss our snuggles & him happily greeting me at the door every day. My heart is broken. It just wasn’t long enough.

  35. Diane Trotter

    I rescued a feral cat from a restaurant. She and other cats were born there. I made a trail of fish bites up the side walk and sat on the patio until I could reach down and grab her. She scratched my face all up. I was bleeding all over. The waitresses were wiping the blood off my face. They had tried to catche her, but no one could. Animal control was trying to catch the cats and I had to get her!
    I didn’t realize she was pregnant when I took her in. She was a very wild and harmonal! She bit my arm and it became very infected. I would not give up on her. She gave birth to 3 little male kittens. I sat on the bathroom floor and helped her as she had her babies. She was such a good Mama! I was happy that she was safe and her kittens were safe. She didn’t have to try to find food. She was able to enjoy her last litter of kittens.
    One of the kittens was promised to a friends little 4 year old daughter, Haleigh. She picked him out the night he was born from pictures I showed them and named him Buster. He was black and white. The first one born was a tabby cat. I adopted him out, but got him back 3 years later. The middle kitten was all black and the sweetest baby.
    I was so happy living with my Kit Kat and Rocky! We had to have Rocky put down August 9, 2022. He was only 8 & 1/2 years old. He had kidney cancer. I believe it was injured from a rabies vaccine he had 2 years earlier. He was never the same. In October his Mama, Kit Kat, started having problems throwing up food. On December 29 we had to put her down because she had intestinal cancer. I had put so much into taming Kit Kat. I loved her so much. She was so beautiful. She was prissy!
    On top of losing Kit Kat and Rocky, Haleigh’s cat Buster died 2 months after his Mom. He had brain cancer. Buster was Haleigh’s best friend. The little black kitten died at only 16 weeks old from kidney failure. Kit Kat was given vaccines when she pregnant and I wonder if the vaccines was the cause of all the cats shortened lives. Kit Kat and her 2 older kittens all died in less than 6 months. My heart is broken! I have not been able to give away or put away there toys or beds. I am still crying at memories. I miss them so much! I miss the meows, the funny things they did, sleeping on my bed and laying on the sofa with me at night. I miss petting them and kissing their faces. I am still in shock that I have lost them both. I feel like I have lost children. I have always had multiple cats and now I have none. I am 71 and we don’t plan to get anymore pets. I really don’t think my heart can take losing anymore. It is very hard to get over. I look forward to seeing them in Heaven someday.

  36. Tina Beahringer

    I had a black Newfoundland lab for 16 years human years and I had to put him down in October 20th of 2022 because of mouth cancer he was my best friend he still is I still talk to him I miss his hugs honestly he’s been with me longer than any men he knew my moods and he helped me thru them.. Maxx2008-2022 I miss him so much..

  37. Our Mini

    I was the first one to hold you, hug you, kiss you the day we met you at the puppy shop. Nayeshu(My 5year old Daughter) fell in love with you at first sight when she saw your video even before she actually met you in person and you were Pompy’s (My Wife) dream come true as she held you in her arms. We welcomed you into our home as you became Nayeshu’s Little Sister. It was amazing how you bonded with each one of us in your own unique way which was so amazing that it was too good to be true. You knew Pompy was the one who cooks for u and believe me she was the greatest fan of eyes when you looked at her as u rolled those little innocent yet naughty little eyeballs at her, Nayeshu was Your partner in crime and you came to me for cuddles and biting with those needle sharp teeth. You refused to eat the same meal twice cus you were a princess and had your demands. Then the struggle began as u fell sick, repeated visits to the Doc, we tried our best, I made sure you had your medicines on time and Pompy force fed you so you will have the strength to fight. But by the time we knew what was wrong it was too late. Even Your Big Sis developed an allergy towards you but she did not care and still cuddled you and played with u and even kissed your face ignoring our scolding’s. With a heavy heart I took u to Tubu’s (He has 10 Rescue Pups) hoping that you will find the attention you deserved with him as you would not have been alone even for a sec(even if u wanted to) and we dreamed of watching you grow up. You seemed to have blended into their family, bonding with Aunty(Tubu’s Mom) from the minute you arrived which was inevitable as u were a strong and adorable little fluffball. But the ruthless virus was too devastating for you and I received the dreaded call late at night from Tubu that you passed in your sleep. We could not have you in life but we will not leave you in death as you sleep peacefully in our garden where i spent my childhood. May your Spirit roam free chasing squirrels and monkeys and whatever you set your sights upon in that garden as nothing can ever hurt my baby again.

    The only thing we regret was when you stayed alone during the day till Pompy came back, please find a way to forgive us for that, our hearts will forever ache whenever we think of that, but be sure u will never ever leave our hearts till the day we meet again in the after life.

    You stayed with us for 2 weeks but 4 souls connected and melted together in a bond that will last beyond eternity.

    Miss You Mini Dusto(Naughty) Puawali(child).

    P.S – Find Snowie and Frisky in puppy Heaven.

  38. I lost Myrtle 2 years ago, and still feel pain in my stomach when I think of her. What made her so special is her vocabulary, and the way she’d try to talk. She was so expressive about everything.

    I also think she’s been the hardest loss because she was so needy, in a cute and bossy way. She was so smart, and followed me everywhere!

    I have rescued dogs my entire adult life, and all of them have filled my heart with such joy… and heart wrenching sorrow when they pass… and when they do, I always say “Having you in my life is worth any amount of pain I have to go through”… and somehow that makes it easier.

    Never take your loved ones for granted… including your fur babies!

  39. We just lost a sweet lab mix Bandit unexpectedly 6 weeks ago to a suspected tumor that ruptured and he started to bleed out. He was our sweet, gentle, big doofus. We had him for 7 short years, we were there for him from the moment he took his first breath and we were all there (even 2 family members FaceTime in since they were out of state) when he took his last. Our Bandit never realized how big he truly was and how loud, intimidating he could be to strangers…but honestly was the biggest scaredy-cat you’d have ever met. He was even scared of earth worms. Lol. I have a medical condition that often puts me to bed for a day or too – Bandit was my sweet nap buddy, always ready to cuddle with me, which would make me feel better. Ever seen the cartoon movie Hercules? Remember how Hercules went thru that awkward phase? That was our Bandit all the time. We miss him so much, our other fur babies miss him too.

  40. Tracy Stanley

    I lost my first Granddog in October. I was just telling my mom yesterday that there still isn’t a day gone by that I haven’t cried my eyes out missing him. His name was Rocky ..he was a gorgeous chocolate lab. He had a wonderful life for 12 years living in Tampa, Florida. He loved to swim, ride in the car with his head out the sunroof, play with his bestie, Lucy a basset hound. He he loved tubing on the lake, riding along side the bicycle and chasing neighbors cat!!! His favorite toy was his duck..I know he has at least 20 in his toy box. Please keep our family in your prayers…pray for our sweet Lucy who is grieving without him. She’s 9 years old so I know she’s going to leave us soon. So again we will have to go through this. Broken hearted is not even close to how our family feels God Bless each of you that have suffered through this horrible pain

  41. I lost my sweet 14-year-old baby, Macy, last October. She had seen me through my divorce and I truly thought I wouldn’t survive her loss. She was my shadow. She slept with me every night and followed me everywhere. I have severe migraines and she always knew when I was sick – she was such a comfort. I still miss her every day.

    1. I lost my Maci today… my heart is shattered… she also seen me through my divorce, seen me cry more tears than any human, comforted me through ever migraine, loved my first born child, seen my find love again… she stayed long enough to make sure I was okay… when does it get better…. I feel so empty…. I miss her so much….

  42. We just lost our Mickey girl before Christmas. She was a beautiful lab that was completely devoted to our family. She definitely had her quirks (which is why our family hasn’t been able to take a vacation all together since we’ve had her) but we loved her just the same. It has definitely been an adjustment, as I had always called her my light colored shadow, especially at our summer cabin. I work from home and she was the absolute best coworker I could ever ask for! I hope she’s enjoying all of the tennis balls and an endless supply of ice cream up there!

  43. I’m sorry for each and everyone’s loss. Never knew that I would face this pain with my young health five year old dog son. My family Lost our beloved dog son in Oct. It’s sad to lose your fur ones to illness or injury but believe me the pain hits harder when it’s from medical Malpractice and Negligence on the vets behalf. What’s leaves even more of a broken heart is when you have evidence and proof that’s it’s malpractice and negligence but no lawyer wants to pick it up because your fur love one holds no value in the court of law so in turn they (lawyers) look at it as if there is no money in it to represent you. I have called six lawyers, spoken to three legal experts and (have not asked for them to do it for free)said I’m willing to pay for representation to at the end of the call be told we don’t take cases like this or our expertise do not cover these top of cases because our fur love one holds no sentimental value in the court of law. So to know a vet, that’s suppose to heal and care for your dog can kill your dog and get a way with it is your heart being ripped from your body, beyond broken.

    1. I understand what you’re going through. I had my cat die after a routine neuter due to negligence. No goodbye nothing and it hurts! The guilt and grief consume me and they don’t even realize how it shatters your life. They go onto their next work day like nothing happened. Im sorry this happened to you and your dog.

  44. I had a fire last July. I had a cat named Dutch that I “inherited”. He was the sweetest cat ever. His nickname was diffusive. He’d wake me up every morning at 3AM to clean my face with his sandpaper tongue. Along with loving the lint roller papers, so he could make noise. I was awakened by the smoke alarms, only to have 5-8 minutes to get through the “flashover”. My other cat “Jamison” was on my deck, with his paws burned and tail on fire. We both were rescued and rushed to ICU. Still to this day, I wonder if I would have seen Dutch and grabbed him, if he would have survived. I have his asses with a picture of him kissing Jamison. I will be forever greatful that I could take care of you and love you like I did.

  45. We just lost our Doxi Zoey, we rescued her 2years ago, she was the sweetest, she looked at you and your heart just melted, she loved going for walks and rides on the wagon, I feel so heartbroken without her, I still can’t believe she’s gone, I loved her so much

  46. My home burned on December 17, 2022. We lost everything, including our beloved Jackabee, named Ruby. Ruby was the sweetest dog ever. She was only 11 pounds. She was our forever puppy, even though she was 4 years old. She slept with me every night. When she wanted to get under the covers she would always tap me on the shoulder with her paw to get permission to go under them. I would lift the covers and she would go under. She was not a snuggler, but she would always sleep under the covers by my legs. My daughter and I are devastated by her loss and we are seeking counseling. They say that losing your home is like losing a family member, but i would let every house on the street burn if it meant that i could have her back. I miss her so much, especially at bed time when she should be tapping me on the shoulder.

  47. Holly Whitley

    It’s been 4 1/2 years since I received my last kiss from my boy Hendrix. He was in my life for almost 11 yrs. He was Pure Bred Great Dane & Pure Bred English Mastiff. He was 192 lbs of companionship & protection & stayed by my side through abusive relationships ~ tears & a ton of happy times only he & I shared. We travelled a lot I always slept with him in my Elememt. At the Dog park he was a ray of sunshine & behaved like a Social Butterfly always checking back in with me making sure I wasn’t far behind. When his car brother went missing we set up a search party & we went into a pet store & the lady said Hamdsome Boy is there somthing here that you would love to have & he dug down into this huge basket & plucked out a stuffed Eeyore from the very bottom he carried that stuffie everywhere. It’s a funny thing I just think I’m over with my grieving & I read another post about missing your pet that has passed. I agree we need to be there for each other my grief comes over me like a Huge Tidal Wave Engulfs me & swallows me whiole leaving me sobbing missing him SO MUCH I ache. His collar use clink as he walked by my side I miss that because I knew he was right behind me. We have another dog now But No other dog can take the place of my Hendrix My Boo as I write this the tears are running down my face knowing he’s gone forever & there’s only a couple of people that I can speak to about him without that Oo Not this Again! I will Forever Hold him Close in my heart. He changed me for the better & im Forever grateful but along with that Forever Heartbroken. ♥️

  48. We recently lost our 19 year old Tripod kitty. We adopted her from our local shelter when she was about 3 months old and our vet didnt expect her to live that long as she was missing her right front leg from a birth defect. He thought she would soon suffer dysplasia. Well she fooled him and lived a very long and happy life. She talked and even meowed I love you and we have that on video. She was at my side thru joy and sorrow and will always be in my heart. We have now adopted a new young 1 year old female Kitty from the same shelter. She isnt chatty, but is very cuddly and loving. She is not Tripod, but she is helping us refocus our grief into loving another furbaby. Tripod was cremated and her ashes will be buried with me. She will always be in my heart

  49. We had taken in my daughter’s poodle Brandie, because her and her husband had gotten back together and he was living in a no pet home. She loved me and would follow me around the house. She loved to ride in the car, sitting on my left leg as she watched her world go by. She slept on my feet each night. Every evening we had computer time. The longer she was with us, her attitude came to the front. She was loving and grouchy. She hated my husband with a passion and even that changed through the years. One day at work, my husband called and said she had a stroke. By the time I got there, she had come out of it but she couldn’t move. Her eyes followed you everywhere. I had bought a stroller before her stroke and now I used it to take her from room to room as I worked. By Monday morning, she had not improved but gotten worse. My spouse and I agreed it was time. I wanted to be with her as the time came but he said it would be better if I didn’t go in with her. When it was over, they wrapped her up in her blanket for us to bring her home. As I held her on our way home I could feel my heart ripping in two and it worsened when I said goodbye. She was 14.

  50. I lost Taco in mid December. Taco was a 16 year old cream white chihuahua. He had saw me through thick and thin through 16 years. He went out to go potty and never returned. I don’t feel like I will ever receive any closure from him.

    He showed his love to me in so many ways. He never left me alone and would always check and see what I was doing. For most of his life, he slept with me and even when tell me when bedtime was. He had a curl on his tail and he always wagged his tail until the end of his life. I will always miss those things about him.

    In spite of the pain that I feel, I know that he is no longer in pain and this provides me peace. I am still tearful when his name comes up and I suspect that this will continue to occur. Let me add that I am a mental health professional myself thus I am quite familiar with the grief process. For now, I am allowing myself to feel the sadness as it means that his life meant something to me!

  51. We lost our Beau a few days before Christmas. The house is so quiet, so empty. The bed is so big and colder now. His footprints remain edged in the snow. I just cleaned his slobber off the sliding glass doors. We miss him terribly.

  52. My dog passed away October 16, 2022. She was 2 months shy of turning 18. She was given to me when I was 17 as a gift, from at the time my boyfriend. She was my everything and more. She was there for everything, from meeting my husband, welcoming 4 children and moving to new homes over the years. We shared so many precious memories together. I knew her time was coming as I could see she was declining in her final year. An then that day came, she stopped eating, drinking, light barking and you could see it In her eyes. She passed away at home on her own surrounded her family. I have been a mess since, lost my other half. Broken-hearted and lost without her. I can’t put her beds or her dog dish away, I just leave it there hoping to find my peace. The hardest thing I’ve had to deal with. I hope to find my peace soon ️

  53. We lost 2 of our sweet pups on 11/21/22 and 12/9/22. They were 13 and 14 years old and best friends! Even though they were older we were not prepared for the pain we are feeling! We loved them from the first day we brought them home. I’m not sure if we could ever do this again. We’ve had dogs all of our lives but now we are older and afraid to try again. The chihuahua, Tucker, was 14 and got so sick so fast! He stopped eating we did all we could to keep him comfortable. He loved to sleep between my legs on the recliner. I loved watching him sleep. He was precious. The other was our rescue, Tessa. She was 13 and developed diabetes last summer. She was on insulin twice a day. My daughter cooked her food every week to keep her on a healthy diet. She was so sweet. She and Tucker loved each other and would lay together on a blanket. How do you move on from this pain? My husband says no more dogs….that’s not the answer. We need time to grieve. They weren’t just dogs, they were family!

  54. We lost our boy Buck (Sphynx) cat on 12/30/2022 at the age of 10 1/2. He was an amazing, loving, affectionate and most of all our best friend. He would watch television with me, snuggle with me and greet us at the door. He was vocal and never likes being alone. He liked baths, rubs, greenie treats and most of all his shark bed. My gentle old soul I would refer to him as. He only suffered a very shot time, our lives are changed furever, we know he’s no lover suffering. We are heartbroken without him.

  55. I lost not just my Emotional Support Animal…but my best friend. My spouse said that if I had a choice…the dog would always win. WeeMan was always there for me…no judgment, just pure love and affection. I didn’t have much time to prepare for his crossing. I took him to the vet for a tooth issue that ended up being a fast growing malignant melanoma and he was gone 4 weeks later. I took him to a specialist hoping for a miracle and ready to sell my soul for the miracle….but he said with this type of cancer there was no hope. Just take him home and enjoy his last few days/weeks. So that’s what I did….until it got to the point when I was keeping him alive because I couldn’t imagine life without him.
    And don’t think that you can just run out and get a new dog to fill the hole left in your heart …it’s unfair to everyone. I tried and it just didn’t work ( thankfully he took to my spouse, so we didn’t “ discard “ of him)..
    I don’t know how long it’s going to take before I am not hurting so bad..if ever.
    I am in counseling and wish there was a support group…( yes I am serious!)
    I am sorry for anyone else going through this.

  56. We lost 1 of our fur-babies in October. She was our little angel, she literally had white fur on her shoulders mimiking wings. She was fiesty en fierce! Barked back in a funny way, when she was asked something. She loved to go on a drive with us. And she loved kisses and cuddeling! She loved het bacon (doggy treats) and she loved her pink teddies! Althou we have 3 other fur-babies, she was our 1st. She was 7 years old. The eldest. My heart aches for her everyday! I miss her so much!! I will love her forever my Libby-loo!!!!

  57. We lost our two dogs almost one month from the day of each other. My dogs were both rescued hound mixes and both about 11 years old. They were my everything and also there for me. My female Charlotte started having a weird bark on Oct 7th. We found a lump in her throat the next day. We brought her to the vet on Oct 10th. They did tests and found that she had cancer either lymphoma or thyroid. She declined quickly and on Oct 22nd in the middle of the night was having difficulty breathing. We rushed her to the animal hospital and had to put her down. We were devastated! Although we knew our male dog Dunkin sensed she was sick, coming home without her hit him hard. He had severe osteoarthritis of both hips and was on so many medications and he was also starting with dementia. Her loss not only hit us hard but also him. He stopped eating and was barely taking his meds. He was so depressed. Did not want to get off the couch, would not play. We had to force him to go outside. I know he was also feeling the pain I was feeling. On November 20th as we sat on the floor together as we always did, the unthinkable happened. He attacked me and bit my face and hand. After he did it he was confused and I know it was not his normal behavior. After treating my wounds (which were not too severe) the next day we brought him to the vet. We discussed our options but was determined that since his condition and health declined so much so quickly the only humane thing to do was to put him down. It was also a safety concern as they felt if he attacked me, the alpha in the house , anyone was fair game. So we made that tough decision. Vet felt he also had a broken heart. The loss of my two companions was com was almost too much to bear. My husband and kids were upset but to me it was like the world had stopped. Although some people thought it was too soon within two weeks I had adopted a puppy who now has filled some of the void in my heart. I still think of my other babies everyday and will always love and miss them but my new baby is making things more bearable and I love her so much and am going to get another soon.

  58. I just lost my fur baby on 11/29/22, it was heartbreaking, this was my 4 th dog I had to say goodbye to and it’s never easy. I still cry every time I think of her, for some reason losing her was extremely hard for me, I know time heals all wounded hearts, this one is going to take a lot longer to get past.

  59. Sharon Evans800.00

    I lost my pet 5 months ago, she was 14. so much harder for me than losing people in my family. When family or close friends die there is plenty of people around helping you, supporting you, being there for you for long periods of time.. not so with my pet. I received the usual sympathy from people first few days nothing after that, silence if I do not reach out. So I have quit reaching out. Sometimes just too hard. I want to be able to think of her without crying, without sadness. I remember all the wonderful times with her and miss her sooo much.

  60. Ashley Woodard

    We lost our bearded dragon on Dec 8th. Very suddenly. She was so much more than a pet. She was my best friend and my family. I dont have family to speak of and my pets are my everything. One of our furbabies is in surgery right now with stage 3 cancer. I feel like my heart is going to shatter and never repair itself.

  61. I lost my Leroy not quite 5 months ago and I miss him as much now as the day I had to put him down. I cry almost every day and my heart feels like it has been torn in two. He was my best friend, my buddy any soul mate. He was a stray off the streets when my neighbor caught him, but her husband wouldn’t let her keep him. I ended up with him. I couldn’t ask for a better dog. He want to be where ever I was. He slept under the covers with me. He was the one I told my problems to. In the end I was his care giver I don’t think I will ever get another dog to replace him. How can you replace the best

  62. We just lost our 11 year old Australian Shepherd (BootBoots) a few days ago and searched the internet for how long my grieving would last an wound up here. Boots was with my husband and I through all our firsts. Our first home purchase, marriage and our 1st and 2nd child. The heart pain hurts. My eyes are heavy and I miss him terribly already. I know he is with his other fur friends and family up above but i wish he was here. I just wasnt ready for his life to be cut short by 2 years. I thought losing my childhood dog was bad but man, he was special. Always had wiggly butts. He loved to love but protective of our home. He was such a good boy that when the gate was left open my current trouble maker would go for a stroll but not Boots. Straight to the front door waiting for me to open it with his piercing blue eyes. It hurts because I know he was a 1 in a million type dog. I’m crying and typing this in hopes that letting it out will help. First we had covid and then he passed I just feel like our current lives are in shambles. Nothing feels normal. I know this will fade but man, losing such an excepting, inviting, loveable friend is rough. I’m so sorry for those going through the same thing. Your not alone .

    1. Boots was so lucky to have you. What a lovely life you have given him. Sending love and prayers your way.

    2. Holly Whitley

      Sending You Loads of Live & Healing Happy Thoughts. It truly is heart wrenching & somthing that never leaves you EVER!!

  63. My baby Carmen passed away on May 16, 2022 . She turned 11 on May 15th and passed away on my birthday May 16. I can’t stop thinking of her and cry every time I talk about her to anyone. I would have never imagined that I would feel this kind of pain. No more greeting me at door, sleeping next to me or giving her so many kisses. I see a therapist but the pain is still the same. My heart aches for her. I finally buried her ashes 2 weeks ago. I have a candle lit on her grave. I think of wonderful times while she was here but that doesn’t stop the tears from coming every day. I don’t know if I could ever love or go through this again. I think it would just be trying to replace her and I would regret it.

    1. My dog just died on my birthday too.. Jan 4. It’s only been a couple weeks, but I am still just so devastated.

  64. Candi came to live with us on 1st march 2013 at 14weeks old xxx she was born Nov 2012
    She loved soft teddies toys that squeeked until she made sure they didn’t anymore her favourite was a duck i bought one Christmas now ripped to shreds like all the others lol and a carrot toy which I bought coz Marc nicknamed her carrot lips when he 1st met her…
    She snored very loudly but it was comforting at the same time..
    She loved skidding on garden wiping her bum on the garden very slyly lol.. nibbling peoples shoes or feet playing football which she was quite good at then ripping the ball to shreds just to make sure no one else could play with it..

    Wasn’t keen on certain men but liked most women always followed me everywhere was very protective of me and she made me feel safe.
    She’d patrol the garden sniff out rats and would bark at noises coming from the park all you had to say was “watch em candi” and she was on it!
    she wasn’t a noisy dog like some that yap all day she just barked when it was necessary. when she was younger she used to talk/ sing to us which was cute..
    She hated thunder and fireworks loved the snow and sunbathing…She was my personal hoover loved most foods apart from dry dog food which she would refuse to eat or eat all around the wet food and leave the dry
    Just this year we got 2 kittens and she accepted them in the house Candi and Paws were respectful of each other and had a understanding… you dont bother me too much and I wont bother you… Tyson she was a little weary of because he was forever tapping her nose but she’d get him back by chasing him lol
    She got arthritis in her hips about 3 years ago and became alittle unsteady every now and then but on the whole she was really fit for her age.
    She also was unable to have pups because she never came into season which was a shame because I know she would have been a beautiful mommy…
    Wasn’t keen on car rides but didnt mind bus rides funnily enough..loved to run around the garden in all weather’s and loved escaping out the house/gate and causing trouble with 2 dogs she couldn’t stand .
    She was really loving to her family had the cutest little face we all said nannan looked like her..haha
    I miss her more than I imagined I would the house feels so empty and quiet and still… with no one saying candi lay down or candi come on have a wee wee …she was a big dog but her bark was all for show because she was anxious and a scaredy cat at times .
    I’m so sorry I couldn’t save u Candi u was my first and only pooch so beautiful with emerald green eyes and a sad little rubber lips ..running around like u was a pup you played until your last breath and I want u to know I love you dearly for being by my side at some of my loneliest times .
    Whenever I was in the house alone I always knew I was safe coz u was always there xx
    Rest now my Candi boo I love u more than I showed you . . You always was a good dog the best dog I realised that as we both got older .
    I always made sure u was the first one to make paw prints in the snow ❄️ because u loved it so much and it made me happy to see u happy xx il never forget u Candi boo my little white angel now xx

  65. I’ve heard the saddest part of life is when the one that gives you the best memories becomes a memory. It’s been 4 months since I said goodbye to my best friend, Skuzzy. I met him at a local shelter when I was still in college. I was a very alone, and living a closeted life. Skuzzy gave me a security I never had. After realizing the incredible bond I was forming with him, I decided to start living openly because even if I was rejected, I knew I at least had him. After 21 years of living scared, it just took the friendship of an amazing dog to make me feel so strong. I’ve been through so much with him over the past 13 years of his life – we’ve hiked all over the country, binged dozens of tv series, and I can I say with 100% certainty that he was my soulmate. It’s been very hard to process this loss and celebrate the time that we did have because I don’t have much good going on in my life at the moment to occupy my thoughts. I think my friends and family feel bad for me for losing a dog, but they don’t understand that I actually lost a brother. One thing that comforts me to know is that the immense amount of pain I’ve been feeling is a reflection of how much I loved him.

  66. We had to put our puppy down 2 days ago and it has absolutely broken my families heart. Her 1st bday was supposed to be next month. She got extremely sick last week and it all happened so fast and then before you know it, we were faced with the choice of putting her down to end her suffering. Our Harley Girl was the prettiest girl in the world and the most joyful dog I’ve ever seen. She brought so much happiness to our family and I think it’s going to take us a long time to get over this. We never in a million years expected to lose her before she was even 1. I am going to miss giving her belly rubs, her laying at my feet, her getting so excited for her meals, her waking me up when the sun rises, her loyalty to my kids, how she’d wait for me at my door everyday while I got ready, how excited she was for treats, how much she loved chasing tennis balls….i could go on and on. Missing you Harley Girl and love you so much. Wishing you were still here with us. Xoxo

  67. I lost the love of my life “Soju” 3 weeks after my other dog passed and 3 days before my mother in March of this year. He was only 9-He was my Service dog for my PTSD and the only living thing that I have received love from. We were directly connected without speech- prior to Soju passing I had purchased a puppy. I am not able to deeply connect with my new dog and I cannot stop crying about him or missing him. I cant imagine life without him, I dont know if I will ever get over it.

  68. Barbara Artsay

    My cat Shiloh died yesterday morning. He’s been very sick but he was at the hospital feeling a little bit better and I was supposed to take him home that day. I am so heartbroken. I’ve only had dogs he’s the only cat I’ve had,  but he and I are so bonded to each other.  I am so heartbroken.  I miss him desperately.  I keep crying.  But I suppose that’s a tribute to how wonderful he was.

  69. Danielle Cloakey

    I lost my sweet 14 year old black and white shih tzu on Friday, April 29th. She insisted on sleeping with me the first night we had together. Her name was Buffy, and I got her when she was 3 months and 5 days old. We got so close so fast and I have so many memories coming to the surface. She got unreversably sick at the beginning of last week. She wasn’t eating or drinking and she couldn’t relieve herself. I took her twice to the vet’s for fluids before they told me it was her kidneys and she was not going to get any better. I wanted to do right by her and let her go. I know it was the right thing to do but it hurts so bad. I’m broken. Just two weeks before, she was making me laugh. I don’t get it. I want her back in my arms so much.

  70. My boy Bear was put to sleep on 23rd Dec 2021. He was 15yrs and 9 months old. He was the most gentle loving dog.

  71. Elizabeth Nelson

    I lost my 14.6 year old dachshund Abbie in January. She had fluid on her lungs. She died in my living room while I was getting ready to take her to the vet. She was my heart dog. I miss her so much. I am 3 months in and I don’t know what is acceptable to feel. Am I still in the “early days” of grief? I’m in a lot of pain and sometimes I don’t know how I will live without her. Thank you.

  72. I’m suzi, I lost my Izzy girl last week. She was my soul dog. I rescued her from a bad situation. She was a lab/pit mix that I was so hesitant to rescue. I did and she was MY GIRL! so loving, loved my grandson, she played, and laughed. We were one. She knew what I said and I knew what she said/wanted. She wouldn’t go to be until I did. My heart is broken in a million little pieces. Shes not here. I have pictures everywhere, but my heart hurts soooooo bad.

  73. Lost all my pets in a housefire 2 days ago. 6 Momma cats, 13 kittens, our housecats, our border collie, cockatoo and box turtle. I don’t think I’ll ever get past this pain

  74. We had to put down my best friend Ford last night. We got him from a rescue almost 13 years ago.  I haven’t felt this numb since I lost my mom. I’m just a year sober, and the next few days are going to test me so much. I have his favorite blanket on me right now which is covered in his white fur and his smell.  Losing a pet is a tragedy – but I keep reminding myself that as horrid as this feels, it’s worth suffering for the 13 years I had my best friend. RIP sweet Ford

    1. Don, hang on!! You are right where FORD would want you to be! You took care of yourself when you had him, right? Yes. So please continue. Love and light. God bless you. Suzi

  75. I lost my sweet girl Leighla this past Monday; she was 10 years old and it happened in the blink of an eye.  She was only sick for a month (that we know of), and we believe it was a combination of heart failure and a tumor which ultimately took her.  She was the sweetest most wonderful girl.  She was a Basset Hound, but thought herself a Herding Dog as she would herd the whole house when on a walk!  She loved treats, and car rides!  My favorite thing she would do with me, and me alone was nuzzle.  She would push her forehead into mine, and we would just rub faces and nuzzle for a few minutes.  She always end it with a swift kiss.  She really was my heart, and I truly do feel the void that has been left!  It physically hurts when I think about her.

    1. Amanda, I am crying reading your story, thank you, Leigha is still with you, in spirit form. Talk to her, she will hear you

  76. sheri Dodoson

    my baby girl was only 9. sweetest spoiled beagle . We gave her a bone as a treat but ended up killing here. How will i sleep tonight as she always waited for me to go to bed so she could have her bully stick. She stole our socks and guarded them along with loving her walks.

    1. I’m sorry for your loss. I lost my own only a few days ago. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you.

  77. Jennifer Boothe

    My little girl dog died and she was my best friend when my mom got sick she stayed with me and I got sad and she stayed with me and then I was in a relationship that wasn’t healthy and was left alone a lot of the times and it was just me and my little girl and I talked to her about everything and we did everything together and we ate our ice cream together and I sang to her at night when the unhealthy relationship ended I was very depressed and she stayed with me and she wouldn’t leave me and sometimes she was the only reason I would get out of bed . She used to steal stuff out of my purse or in a basket on the floor or anywhere really to trade it back for belly rubs and ear rubs and when you walked in the door she always had something she had stolen in her mouth she was always right there to greet me when I came in the door she slept with me at night it hurts so bad I don’t know what to do. My heart actually hurts and I don’t know what happened to her she was having trouble breathing but she was on medication and I came home from work the other day and she could hardly breathe it all and I called vets that were open and no one help me and she died about an hour later while I was talking to her and I knew she was going to die and it’s just seems unbearable and I can’t stop crying and I can’t stop missing her so much thank you for letting me post here

  78. My precious Kiwi-bird died just 2 days ago. Now my heart is broken. She was my source of happiness and strength. I ate with her (she would sometimes attempt to steal my food), played with her, did my homework with her, and cuddled with her. It was her birthday, February 16th. She died on February 8th. 10 cherished months with her… I remeber thinking of attending college with her, planning out a whole future with her; that’s all gone now. The average life span for her bird species is 20-30 years. I don’t know if can ever come over her death. Perhaps I won’t; she’s crossing the Rainbow Bridge now, though. May peace be bestowed upon her in heaven. I love you Kiwi.

  79. I just lost my girl – and only companion and support dog of 15 years. We were together all the time. We slept together, ate together, played together. I knew it would be hard but the grief is overwhelming. Its like my heart has been ripped out of my chest. My life isn’t the same and I’ve actually asked God to just take it it hurts so bad and I miss her so much. I have work I have to do as an executive, consultant and professor — but it is so difficult. I am trying but there is a part of me that just doesn’t want to because life without her is so empty. The void is deep.  People need to understand how terrible this loss can be. 

    1. I’m so sorry!!! I just lost my baby yesterday and i feel like my life doesn’t make sense anymore. I don’t know how people get over this.

  80. I recently lost one of my best friends.  Sage was my hiking companion.  We covered thousands of miles together.  But I lost her too soon.  She was only five years old, but she developed nasal cancer.  It has been really hard because she could run around and enjoy life when she was breathing through her mouth, but when at home while resting and sleeping where she would be using her nose to breathe she could hardly breathe.  She would gasp for air.  She constantly sounded like she was snoring.  She started to sneeze out blood everywhere.  I’m trying to make peace with our decision to euthanize hey, but I miss her so much I wish we had waited a little longer.  I didn’t want her to suffer though.  I cry everyday.  Everything I think about her my eyes water.  I didn’t even realize how much I loved her until she was gone.  She’s my first pet that I developed such a strong attachment to.  But I feel it was absolutely worth it even though it hurts so much now.

  81. 1:30 this Past Sunday November 5 2021 we rushed our Handsome  boy Stevie (Golden Retriever to the hospital but with my breaking heart I have to say they couldn’t save him
    my family and me being his dad since he was brought home 12 years ago as a pup is walking with a broken heart We have a moments of laughing and then we start to cry
    i have always comes off as this strong man to my adult daughters but right now I am beyond grief He was a Great dog a great family member and loved by all The pain is new and out handsome boy will be so missed

  82. I am 75 years old, my beloved dog died 2 days ago by accident and I am going crazy, I have not eaten any and been staying in bed crying 
    I lived alone with my dog. Since the pandemic just me and my dog. No family members near or far. My 2 year old Australia Terrier was so good and smart, he slept with me every night. We live in a tiny 120 square feet studio. 
    Now my dog is gone and part of me also gone with him. I have never had this kind of sadness and pain in my life. I wish I could died with him.

    1. I’m so sorry about your doggie. I hope you find peace soon, I’m sure they are watching over you. I lost my sweet girl Ginger in June, it still hurts but I promise it gets better. You are loved and your feelings are valid.

  83. I’ve lost many over the years but my Thunder was my heart dog.
    I lost him on Nov.3,2003.
    Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him.
    He was only 8 years old when he passed.
    He was a problem child but the love my life.
    I have other dogs many in fact as I’m a breeder.
    But,my Thundie was my sweet special boy.
    Will love him forever.

  84. We lost our girl of 7 years. she was the best dog ever and brought our family so much joy. Star had epilepsy and over the years her seizures became more frequent until december 2020 when she went into a seizure which she never came out of and we had to put her to sleep. We were heartbroken. We have had her cremated and now she take pride of place on our mantelpiece. We now have a beautiful girl called Girl who we saved from being put to sleep as she wasn’t wanted at the age of 5months old and she has helped hear our hearts.

  85. Eilene Magedoff

    Hi I just lost my dog (my world )of 12 years last Tuesday. I’m beyond devastated and my heart is in agony . She was severely abused. I nursed and loved her back to health. I too am a crime victim so we were the perfect match ! I was and am madly in love with her . Her name was Ariel .I’m in so much emotional pain . It’s hard for me to deal with .Missing her 24 hours a day . We were pasted to one another. Most people said they never saw such a mutual love . I’m just not functioning. I’m crying all day ! I can’t sleep ! I’m lost without my baby girl . 

  86. Michael Porretta

    I just lost my beloved Puppup on January 27 after 13 years My heart is broken I cry for her everyday she was my princess my baby my little girl my life is so empty without her , it’s sad to not to be able to hold her pet her play with her she slept with us every night, In the spring time we will make a very special place next to her sister TILLY who passed 3 years age my daughter and I and the family will all be there , I cannot stop crying over her loss This is the first time in my life my ❤️ has been so broken , I talk to many people about her every day , I am so lost without her comfort and love Daddy loves you forever and I will see you someday promise puppy daddy loves you s much

  87. Tiffany. She was a 15 year old, toothless tabby I had had since I was 11 years old. I just turned 27.

    She was my best friend. She has been gone for almost a month now, and the wounds feel fresher than ever.

  88. Julie S Betzel

    Buddy crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2014. Miss my baby boy so terribly and still cry. Mommy loves you so much Bud-Bud!!

  89. I lost my Siamese cat, Pandora, in June of 1991. The pain is still fresh. I loved her so much. I was away from home for the first time working to save money to buy a c ar. She became ill with kidney failure. My parents did not tell me because they knew I would come home. The week she died, my mom kept telling her to hang on, that I was on my way. She held on for 6 more days. When I saw her, she was so sick, smelled, of dealth, and bleeding from her gums. I was so angry and upset. But I put my emotions away and had one more beautiful night with her curled up by my side. Her head resting on my arm. She did exactly what she was asked to do. She held on until I got there, so we could both have on more night. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge the next morning. I have missed her every day for 29 years. She was mine and I was hers. My baby girl, my Pandy.

  90. I had to put my cat Tommy to sleep .it was very painful I thought about killing myself that was two years ago I am now better

  91. I lost my precious girl 7-12-19. It kills me every day that she is not here with me. Her and I were besties till the end. Losing her was worst than losing my parents. I miss her every second of the day. People ask if I’m gonna get another dog…… I say no… never again. The heartache I have every day is so emotional. My only wish is that other folks would get it… losing a pet is heartbreaking and it takes time!

    1. Sandy, How long do you get over this sadness of losing your beloved pet?
      My Shorty died 2 days ago and I want to die with him.

  92. Cathy Wietecha

    We lost our 9 year old golden retriever Bernard. Such a sweet boy. He was always there for me through my own cancer . We miss him running to the door with his blanket to greet us. We loved everything about him, it is going to take time for our hearts to mend ❤️

  93. Callie was 10 when I lost her in 2014 to bladder cancer. She kept having blood in her urine, and all the kept saying it was a uti. Well after having exploratory surgery they found her bladder was like jelly. I wound up having to make the hard decision putting her to sleep. I’m still hurting. I have been thinking a lot about her and cry a lot. She was an Austrailian shepherd, and her whole shook when she wagged her nub. She was always so happy when I walked in the door everyday. She picked me when I was looking at her and her litter mates. She came to me before any of the others. I love her and miss her so much.

  94. Smokey my sweet 10 year old fur baby, so much more than a cat,for a decade he was my family. He left me March 11th 2019. He was not sick, no symptoms,no warning, he just was having trouble catching his breath for seconds,then just stopped breathing in front of me, literally there one moment and gone the next, I was in shock I still am in shock, I just don’t understand how that can happen, why that happened, he didn’t have any known health problems, he was a big boy, not fat just big. I miss him so much my heart completely broke in half the day he left, I am still mourning Smokey, I honestly don’t know if I will ever get over it, he was just too special to me. So many memories, he was My faithful friend and my fur baby. The child I never got to have. That unconditional love helped with that void of not having children now he’s gone…

  95. Linda Fiedler

    I just lost my 13yr old basset hound. Leo monster was my furbaby and snuggle monster. There wasn’t anything that he didn’t make funny, a crazy adventure every day! It’s hard to come home and not have him greet me. I raised him from a 6 week old puppy, his mom kept kicking him out of the box they had for mom and the whole litter. He was also the runt. Leo was a small boy, never got as big as my previous bassets, only weighed 38lbs but he was all muscle. Loved to play tug, flip his toys around and amuse himself. Miss him so much.

  96. My dog Jack passed June 11, it is now Dec1and I miss him like it was yesterday. He was 20 yrs old & was my best friend. Your article is right

  97. When my dog died I knew she was sick but I continued to baby her as long as i could,it was the most heartbreaking thing in the world to take her to be put down,she suffered a stroke while I was out.i cried til I couldnt anymore ,I grieved for a long time,it was like losing my best friend of many years I was very heartbroken.

  98. Our “Buddy.” We lost him to cancer in 2001. He was the dog that came along AFTER I said NO MORE DOGS. He needed a home and with one look I said, “Yes. He’s ours.” He had such separation anxiety that he literally would “jump” his kennel ALL OVER THE BASEMENT while we were gone or jump through screens in the windows to get out of the house. We finally had extra keys to all of our vehicles made and he just had to come with… EVERYWHERE. We would either leave him locked in with A/C on or the heat on. When he saw us we always knew how happy he was because with his stubby tail as a cocker spaniel he had the “butt-wag” when happy!! We miss him tremendously!!!!

  99. I love this so much. We lost our sweet Tobi a year ago in September. She was the best dog. She loved the kids and my husband so dearly. I would say she would get full body shakes when my husband got home from work. My poor children are still traumatized by this loss. We have three cats as well and my youngest son won’t even let them out on the back deck for fear they will die. One of my kitties got sick recently and we were petrified that she was going to die. Luckily it was minor and she is doing so much better. The death of a pet is still loss and there is still grief even if some people don’t understand it.    

  100. This article popped up tonight after we had to put our dog to sleep only 2 hours ago. Yes it is a terrible hurtful loss that only pet famlies understand
    I wosh more people understood this.

  101. When I met my husband, he had two puppies (brothers) – Buck and Rolo. They were ornery and had crazy energy but they LOVED us so completely. After we got married, I wanted to get another pup, so we picked out a sweet pup at the animal shelter and brought her home to her big brothers – our June. Those dogs were amazing. They were all so different and unique – we were such an awesome family unit. A bit later we began fostering pups and kittens and they where the best foster siblings! We had our first baby a year after that… A few more years after we moved out in to the country, we added another baby. And they grew and aged with us and our growing family. Rolo had always been a tad weaker and incredibly sensitive. He went from being perfectly healthy one morning to dying that night in my husband’s arms – our vet suspects his heart just gave out… I think his heart honestly outgrew his earthly body. His poor brother, who had never known life without him was so lost. But he was still so eager to please us and be with us all the time that it made the loss almost bearable. Six months later, Buck’s body just began to wear out – he dragged his back leg due to some undiagnosable neurological issue while gimping on his arthritic front legs. He could barely get around, but he was still so happy to be with us. A few months more and one day he just couldn’t get up. He had developed a mass in his abdomen but was too weak for surgery. He had run out of options. The worst part was choosing for him to be done suffering versus letting him go on his own… He wanted so badly to be better and stay with us, but his body was just done. We were devastated, but we still had our June. She had always been more of the third wheel so we didn’t realize how badly losing her second brother would be for her. She had never had a single health issue in her 9 years, and we often joked that she would live forever. But she was never the same after Buck died. And 3 months after that, we woke up to find her unable to get up off the floor, surrounded by drool and urine. Vet specialists ran all kinds of tests and found no real cause but she never again was able to get up. She began having seizures that night and our vet came to our home and we said goodbye to our last dog. Three dogs who had been with us through our whole relationship – dating, married, moving, new jobs, kids… And within a year we’d lost all three. Heart-broken doesn’t begin to describe it. They were so much a part of us on every level. We lost pieces of ourselves that we’ll never get back. It’s been four years and I still get so emotional every time I think about them. We have two new brothers who are amazingly wonderful dogs and are just as much a part of our family as our first three, but they’re not replacements because each of our dogs was/is irreplaceable.

    I remember saying I never wanted another dog again because losing them was so devastating… But not being dog people eventually grew to be too much. I was sad all the time and bitter about fostering and watching dogs of family and friends when I didn’t have any of my own. So eventually I nervously caved. Billee and Kylo bring so much fullness to our family, and I wouldn’t give them up for anything. But I am already dreading the day when I will have to say goodbye to them, too.

  102. We just lost our dear Spikey on Sunday. We’re so heartbroken! It’s too quiet in the house. This so painful 

  103. Teresa Nickles

    My sweet angel Blazer crosses the rainbow bridge on June 8, 2019. He was my absolute best friend and I am still completely heart broken. Blazer was the most loving, gentle boy I’ve ever seen. He was a Golden Retriever so he was beautiful, but his soul was the most beautiful thing about him. He was beside me through breast cancer, a broken marriage and bouts of migraines and depression and so many other things. He loved me no matter what and I could never repay him for his love and devotion.

  104. Olivia Chambliss

    I lost my sweet 7 month old miniature schnauzer, Cooper, 2 weeks ago to renal dysplasia.  It was devastating especially since we lost our 14 year old miniature pincher, Tobie, 13 months ago to kidney failure.  It took me 9 months to decide to get another fur baby and now I’ve lost him at 7 months.  My heart is definitely broken….. 

    1. I’m so sorry!! I can’t even begin to imagine your pain. I lost my baby yesterday and i feel like my life has no purpose anymore. 

  105. My Mr. Slick was 19 years old. He had been diagnosed with renal failure and put on sub-q fluids 6 years ago. I gave him is fluids daily like clockwork and most of the time he was patient with the process. When I was a kid, our indoor/outdoor cats never made it 6 years of age. So Mr. Slick lived 3 lifetimes compared to cats I love from my childhood. The sub-q fluids helped him live a whole extra life. I knew he was going a couple of months ago when his behavior patterns began to change but it still hurt so badly the day he left. I found him on collapsed on the bathroom floor, still but breathing. When I touched him, he cried out loud — something he never did, he was the quietest cat I have ever known. I picked him up in a towel and sat on a chair with him in my arms and he stretched his little head back and took one last breath. He had waiting for me to find him before he went. He was going without me there, without saying goodbye, without one more moment of sharing our love. I panicked and rushed him to the hospital but he was, of course, gone. No heartbeat. They let me sit in a private “sorrow room” with him for a while and kindly never sent me a bill. Caring for him was the greatest honor of my entire life and when I come home now, I am painfully aware that there is no love or joy to greet me at the door, no fuzzy little guy to cuddle when I go to bed, no one to sit with me on the couch while I watch TV. Oddly, Mr. Slick only purred about five times his entire life, so the silence here is normal but it isn’t the silence that’s missing — it’s the love and companionship. I never say “I loved you” when I lose a pet because my love did not die, only my pet’s body. I always say, “I love you” because I still do. I did not say goodbye when I let the hospital take him to send him for cremation, I said what I always do when my pet has passed — “Till we meet again”. And with everything I am, I hope we do. RIP Mr. Slick. I love you. Till we meet again.

  106. We recently lost one that was SO connected to every member of the family, us, our daughter, our other six dogs. We all still wonder ‘shouldn’t Lucy be here?’ and then I can see it ripple through the ‘crowd’.. oh yes, she died 🙁 I was a wreck at work and no one understood, at all.

  107. My sweet Bella left us yesterday. I cant even describe the pain and loss I feel. I am desperate to hold her one more time. She was my joy, my comfort, my peace my sanctuary when times were rough. She made me laugh everyday. She had hemangiosarcoma, a cancer of the blood vessels. Her tumor was in her thigh. She was 6.5 years old. I seriously dont know how I’m going to get over her loss. This is the first pet I’ve had to put down and its destroyed me. She was happy and playful til the end. Then the tumor rupture and she just couldnt walk and I knew it was time. My pain doesnt subside even for a minute. I miss her so much.

  108.  I had my boxer put down two weeks ago for congestive heart failure! My husband works out of town and only home 6 days a month I am struggling with the loss it is horrible! I am lost I come home he isn’t there I get up he isn’t there I have to go to bed without my precious baby it hasn’t gotten better I don’t think it will! My dogs love was unconditional and I could just die! My heart is totally broken! I done a memorial table at my house with his ashes and was hoping this would help my healing process but I still cry continuously when I get home everyday! How do you heal from this devastating situation?

  109. Cheryl McGeagh Kaminski

    My dog Moses was a brown Spoodle 41/2 years old .he was hit by a car in front of me and the person did not stop. He died within in a couple of minutes, he was always happy. I treat my fur babies like my children, I feel I won’t be able to get over it, I miss him so so much, the house is quiet, I don’t want to go home after work, I have a couple of friends who understand what I am going through, and some who think I am weird and think I should be over it, it has only been a week. My heart aches, I cry often when I think of him. I have only just started eating. 

  110. My boy Gabe rescued me and I he in 2007.  He was a biter we worked on that he had be mistreated he become happy and safe.  We protected each other until I married our bff.  Then Gabe knew Carl was the alpha and we were safe and loved.  
    We were always hip on hip if he slept in the nook of my knee waiting inside the back doorway to greet me when Ive been gone.  He was always so silly and loving he was my one he stole my heart and I his.  I had his unconditional love and he knew I would  always protect him.  I took care of him when he became diabetic gave him proper nutrition and two shots a day.  Kept him going happy and healthy for 4 years.  He became blind and I became his seeing eyed person He was so smart took paths in our large yard he always felt safe.  
    He made me giggle, smile and pray that he would always be with me.  
    One day I knew he was staying for me when he got really sick.  I told him I loved him and God had a nice place for him and I would be there one day with him.  So he went and my life has not been the same nor do I have that happy light and my heart is broken.  
    You left me October 1, 2018 and I miss you every minute of every day.  When the time to go to bed alarm rings I bark like used to or when the  sirens go down the street I howl sing pretty like you used to and tell you I love you every night.  You were the best pup ever.

  111. I lost my best friend last night. Her name was Georgia. She was really my daughter’s dog but she stayed with me because of the prejudice against Staffordshire Terriers. I refuse to call her a pitbull. She was such a sweet dog that showed so much expression. She loved to play with her toy that looked like a chicken but sounded like a cow. She would play tug-of-war with her rope till we were both worn out. We found out she had cancer a few months ago and all we could do was keep her comfortable. I spoiled her so much. She loved braunschweiger and roast beef. She was okay up until a few days ago then I knew it was time. I laid on the floor with her and petted her until she would fall asleep. If I would stop she would turn around and give me such a sad look. She loved to lay out in the sun and she got to do that yesterday. She went to sleep one last time early this morning. I never thought I could get so attached to a dog. I’m glad to see I’m not alone.

  112. Timothy Sweeney

    Just lost my baby boy Julian yesterday. He was rescued from being abused in a apartment building and I volunteered to take him in. He was kinda feral and did not like being picked up or petted much, but he was a good boy who loved chasing laser pointers, wiggling his butt when he was getting ready to pounce, and sitting in the window and smelling and watching the outside world. His age was unknown but the vet guessed he was prob under 2 years old. He had a polyp in his ear canal the had gotten big and started bleeding and the vet said it would probably be best to let him go before the pain got worse. I feel like I betrayed him and should have kept him for longer but he was also difficult to handle and would bite if you kept messing with him. I love you Julian, I only had 6 months with you but you left your paw prints on my heart and I can barely stand the pain and grief of losing you baby boy.

  113. Jimmie Potts

    My true friend Teddy died of heart failure at 12 years old. He was my constant companion and I loved him with all of my heart. It’s been two months now and My heart still aches. I don’t think anyone understands how much he meant to me.  I loved him so much! Sad

  114. My sweet Bella bear.  She was 13 y/o.  She left us on May 16th (congestive heart failure).  She had difficulty breathing but the day before especially when I found out why.  She was spoiled as a pup that my daughter brought home because she was the prettiest girl ever but because my daughter didn’t understand the responsibility which comes with them, I inherited her.  I had many pleasant years with her which I’m thankful for.  She was always energetic, happy & loving.  Never hurt a fly.  She went thru a depression herself when my German Shepherd Zoe passed.  Her buddy that grew up with her, Bruno was depressed for a little while also but seems fine now.  I miss her everyday.  

  115. Sharon Conway

    Just lost my 12 year old Fearghus (Newfoundland) last week. I am heartbroken. He was my prince.

  116. Kona was the king of our world. A big Rag Doll cat, we got from the SPCA as a baby. He would go to bed with my husband every night, staying till Bruce was asleep. Then he would come back out to find me, hanging out until the bedtime snack. He had lunch today, then about half hour after, started breathing in distress. I’m five minutes from the vet … he did not make it, his valiant heart stopped. OMG…so heart broken…

  117. I lost the best friend I ever had and my heart dog on June 6,2019. After a most unexpected brief and hopeless illness. I am shattered. Reading the comments here detailing everyone’s pain is breaking my heart. I’ve found the word of a great poet somewhat comforting and I share them here:

    What though the radiance 
    which was once so bright 
    Be now forever taken from my sight

    Though nothing can bring back the hour 
    Of the splendor in the grass
    Or the glory in the flower

    We grieve not, rather find
    Strength in what remains behind

    – William Wordsworth  1770-1850

    Peace to all my fellow sufferers on our shared journey.
    Rest eternal to our beloved friends . We will
    All meet, again. 

  118. Jessie VanName

    This past winter I lost 3 of my beloved cats. The first was my Tyler after going in for dental surgery he was found to have an enlarged heart…he died 4 weeks later at 12 years old. He was my sleep buddy and the biggest lump of love you could imagine. He laid again my back every night while I slept. My pretty girl who was 20 years old spent 7 months in kidney failure….a week after Tyler died my girl went with him to the rainbow bridge. She was my companion and comfort for 20 years…she is so sadly missed and not a day goes by that I don’t wish for another moment with her. A month after that my 14 year old cat Little kitty was found to have mouth cancer…it became hard for her to eat and 4 weeks later she also went to the rainbow bridge…she was always a little shy but loved the dog and didn’t have a mean bone in her body…she use to love watermelon. Now sadly my 13 year old dog is in comfort care with heart problems and old age….His name is Raz….he loves me so much and has been a loyal friend…It will be a very sad when he leaves us to join his brother and sisters….at least I know they all knew love and I did the best I could….till we meet again at the rainbow bridge…xoxoxox mom

  119. Mary Ann Edmond

    Beautiful article. It will be a year in July that my Baby Jazzy died (Yorkie). I miss him so much!!!! Loved our walks every day, playing ball or just relaxing . He was the best.

  120. I just lost my Sharpei , Cookie. She was 6. She and her 3 yr old daughter broke thru a picket in the fence Monday. We found Sophie 12.5 hrs later laying on the side of the road exhausted. Sadly COOKIE didn’t make it home. She was found deceased the next morning. I am so lost. I love Sophie but COOKIE was my heart. She needs me and I need hear now. I will learn to love her like I did COOKIE. I hope it get easier each day. Right now..its awful.

  121. Rachel Wilson

    My baby girl, Sasha ( Yorkie) passed a year ago this past April. It devastated me! I had her since she was so tiny. When I first got her I worked 3rd shift and took her to work with me to potty train her. My men would rush to beat each other to her to take her out. Lol oily airplane mechanics with a tiny hot pink leash and a teeny tiny puppy walking through the hangar!! It was one of my favorite memories. My baby Charlotte is her only daughter. I’ve had her almost 4 years. The day she and her brothers were born I helped deliver them. I barely slept for fear something would happen to Sasha overnight having the babies. I swear every hour I was up checking her! The I had a massive surgery last year and she was on her 2nd pregnancy. Lord I wish I had never allowed it. But we were so excited. I came home and ended up with double pneumonia, back in the hospital for 4 days. She held those puppies til I got home. Then she went in labor. All night long nothing happened. We watched for what the vet said and tried not to worry. But I worried. She’s my baby,right? The next morning I knew something wasnt right. We rushed her to the emergency vet. On the way there i could see in her eyes she was going and I just cried. I told her ” Sasha Bear, Mamas here baby. I love you and it’s ok ” we no sooner got her in the vets hands and she had a heart attack. They worked on her for 10 mins but in the end we lost her and the babies. I lost it, my husband lost it. My kids were heartbroken. My little pup, Charlotte went into a deep depression. They took care of her. wrapping her up and placing her into a beautiful box for burial. I even got her footprints done that day. It took about 2 weeks before I would look at them. Now they are proudly displayed in my living room. To this day I miss her so much and some days it feels like it was yesterday but for the most part I’m ok. It helped me to make a memorial garden in my back yard for my lost pets and to place statues out there for each one. I hope this story helps others. Mommy loves you Sasha Bear.

  122. A really good friend of mine has to put down the family pet due to metastatic cancer this weekend. This fur baby is one of the last ties/connections for her & her kiddos to their dad/spouse who recently passed away due to complications after a MVA. Luckily I have a connection that may help this family with securing another fur baby of the same breed. 

    My heart aches for them and this great loss on several different levels. Thank you for posting this article. 

  123. Liesa Szymanski

    Watson was 18. He was a calm and gentle soul but if pushed he would stick up for himself. He was my buddy, my kitten. He died of a lung tumor. We moved to Florida and always wanted to take him to the beach bc he loved playing in water. We did and it was the best day of his life. He was so happy. Went right into the ocean. Sat on the dunes in the sun. The next day was too rough to take him back but we have a throw rug that looks like breaking surf. He looked at it, recognized and stayed there in the sun for a long,  long time. He knew what it was. Its been 7 months and I miss him everyday. He was my friend. 

  124. Just came across this article on Facebook, boy did it set me off. Yup for sure!!! Worse then losing a person. Sorry!!!  Listen here, After giving this a lot  of thought as to how could this be??? I’ll tell you how, and only someone who has had a pet where there was a special bond with can understand. You sometimes get your fur baby as young as 2, 3 months. You are like their mother. Hey, Ricky was about 1.5 lbs when he came off of a cargo plane from the state of Washington at 12 weeks old when they handed me this carrying case with a little ball of fur in the corner. Crazy when I think about it now.,
    . You are all they have in this world. They depend totally on you. The love and appreciation you get from these little creatures is sometimes unreal! There were times after I fed Ricky he would come over to me, look up at me, I would pick him up and he would kiss me right on my mouth take his little head and nuzzle it under my chin into my neck. They don’t speak but they sure do show their appreciation and love their own way. Their loyalty is indescribable. This is probably and hopefully as close as you will come to losing a child. Do I sound crazy? Sorry I do not think so.  When you are home with them they wake up with you in the morning, sit and wait for you to be finished in the bathroom to follow you downstairs, when they get older and can’t do those steps anymore they need you to carry them down.  They follow you from room to room during the day. they greet you at that door every time. So happy to see you. Comes the night time, they follow you up, and again when they cannot do those steps on their own you carry them up. I can go on and on. All I can say is, after all the precious time with your fur baby and at the end of that day it really sucks having to make that dreaded decision.  LuLu  Ricky

  125. This article was written a day after having to make the worst decision of my family’s life. Our Barrett , who was GSD/ Husky & 7.5 years old nipped our son . Knowing his hx we knew the next time it would be worse. He was such a good boy with our son for the last 21 months. He never showed my husband any signs. Rehoming him was not an option with his past & he did not deserve to be a “gaurd dog” . He was our spoiled , loved and protective baby. Our first child. And we lost him due to his nature. Some dogs just don’t get it. They can’t correct a child like they would a member of there pack. And he would cry when we would pick him up after staying at any kennel no matter how long or short. So a shelter was not an option. I’m sick over this whole situation. You hear about dogs attacking children out of no where . But you don’t ever hear if there was a warning nip first. So we did what we felt was best for all involve and it was the worst single action I will ever have to make. I feel the loss & the guilt. I know those who knew and loved him understand. I know in my heart it was the best choice when all options are awful. But I will miss this soul until my dying day. I will fight to over socialize and educate any future pup. I pray others read this and know how important obedience & socialization is ! If you think your dog is socialized well do more. Never stop and never take your eyes off of your pup. 

  126. We lost our beloved lab-retriever Jackson on 6/3/19. 
    He was suffering from nasal cancer. He was 13.5 years old. We are devastated and grief stricken. We did all we could for him but in the end his last 4 evenings were very difficult for him. He passed peacefully in one of his favorite spots in the yard by the pool. We miss his bark, his smile, greeting us at the door and snuggles. Life will never be the same. Don’t think we can get another dog. It’s too painful. 
    Thanks for your article. I know we are not alone in our grief. 

  127. We lost our precious Raven unexpectedly this past Sunday night. Here one day and gone the next. Beautiful and in excellent condition she was the sweetest lab pit mix and only 8 years old. Just as the article says she was the first and last thing we thought of everyday besides each other and the house is so quiet we don’t even want to be here. We’re just crushed……

  128. My husband had a heart attack on May 17, 2019. On May 20, 2019 just 3 days later my little fur baby Riley crossed the rainbow bridge. She was just about to turn 12. My husband is fine now but we haven’t had the heart to remove any of her toys. I am crying as I write this because I am so devastated. She was the best pup ever. Never had one accident in the house. She loved everyone. I have a 2 year old grandson who asks about her all the time. We tell him she is in heaven with great grandpa but he just doesn’t understand. They were best friends. He tells us to go get Riley and boy I sure wish we could. 

  129. We are getting close to making end of life decision for our girl. 6 1/2 years old with cancer in her leg. We’ve done this before but it hurts in a new way since my significant other also is dealing with cancer.

  130. Winnie…my sweet sweet kitty! Died super unexpectedly this January and I still cry for her randomly. My other kitty is still missing her terribly also. 10 years wasn’t even close to enough time. I love you so much Winnie and I can’t wait to hold you again. 

  131. Sadie got very sick in April 2018 I tried everything to get her better, but nothing worked and had to put her to sleep. She’s been gone 14 months and I still miss her every day. She was my best friend, my travel companion and my four legged daughter. She was the sweetest little girl and I was so lucky to have her and I know that one day we will be together again. I have been asking her that she needs to send me another dog when she he feels it’s time.

  132. Thankyou for writing this.  I lost my baby Izzy when she was 18 months to spinal meningitis and that was three years ago.  The pain still resonates with me as if it was yesterday.  She was so sweet and young.  She had the best cuddles and liked to crawl under my sweatshirt to keep warm. She will be forever missed.

  133. My family lost our Ottis this year snd it was so hard on all of us. It’s been months but we still misss him dearly. He loved to just s uggle right where you were and sometimes it was annoying but that’s how he expressed his love for us.. He was a borrower so he’d borrow u der thr the covers and scoot right next to you. Always givings kisses and always wanted to be on your lap. He loved running in the field and loved his little football. We got to spend 12 years with him and we wanted more for he was the perfect family dog. Ottis we will always LOVE you. Please eatch over Us!!! We will see you again someday for we know you are in Heaven enjoying being you and not in anymore pain. We did everything we could to make you as comfotable as possible before you passed for we knew that your time was coming we didnt want to see you go. When we woke up and seen that you had passed in the middle of the night we were devastated and we still are!

  134. I’ve lost several of my Rescued babies! Each one leaves me with such a broken heart! But, to know that they knew unconditional love and affection before leaving this world makes all of the difference to me! I’m about to lose another one soon to cancer! I just love my Brody Bear every day and tell him how much he is just Soo Loved and cherished!

  135. Thank you for this article…a FB friend sent it to me. I lived next door to my mom for 10 years and we shared our beloved rescue dog Lucy. Mom passed on 9/22/19 and Lucy began exhibiting symptoms. After a month of treatments & medications an MRI revealed an inoperable tumor on her spine and I had to say goodbye to her immediately without her ever coming out of anesthesia. The grief was so overwhelming I couldn’t work and when I finally went back to work I got fired because I had taken so much time off caring for my mother the last year of her life. Being at home without my Lucy is still excruciating. Pulling in and being alone is tough. She was my sweet soul mate. I got my job back and am starting to recover but I really appreciate hearing someone say out loud that this grief is deeper than people realize.

  136. I lost my beloved best furry friend Molly almost 2 months ago, she turned 11 this year, we went for walks every day, she slept on the bed, was so hard losing her, I wandered what I could go to ease the pain. It finally came to me to take a favorite picture I had of her and put it on a key chain, and that way she could still go every where I do, and for me that has helped me for the sadness I had in losing her, I still have hard days, but then I look at the key chain and it brings a smile to my face.

  137. Putting my cocker spaniel, Tandi, down was the hardest decision I’ve ever made. I’ve lost dogs before, had one die in my arms, but making the decision to terminate her life was almost impossible. She was a month away from her 15rh birthday, pretty old for a cocker. I called her my little Energizer Bunny, because she kept going and going and going-pulling through several illnesses and bouncing back like a trouper.

    Two years ago my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and later with a blood clot in the large vein leading to his liver. This, on top of being a stroke survivor. I asked Tandi to stay for him, because I knew her death would be more than he could bear. He is almost finished with his treatment now, and doing well, so she let me know it was time for her to go. Two months ago, I kissed that sweet little head goodbye. She was a rescue, but the truth is, she rescued us. God, I miss that dog!

  138. We lost my 6 year old yellow lab mix (Bumble) 1 week ago. He was goofy and amazingly lovable, he was a rescue that had a horrible first year of life. He was a lot of work in the beginning but we found an amazing trainer that was able to help us understand each other. My family is heartbroken including my other 2 dogs. Just feel lost without him, it seems so unfair that after overcoming so many obstacles (Abuse&Poison) that his life was cut short by cancer.

  139. We have shared our lives with many fur babies of many varieties. Each one left a hole in our hearts as their lives here on earth came to a close. The hardest loss, by far, was saying goodbye to my Guinea pig, Lily. I adopted her from a family who truly loved her, but couldn’t keep her because of allergies. I am a 58 year old woman with grown children, and I have cared for all of the family pets as they have cone and gone. Lily was the first pet I could call “my own”. We were great companions. I only had her for a couple of years, but in that short time we grew to love each other very much.  Sadly, she developed congestive heart failure and I had to make the hard decision to euthanize her. I held her in my arms, a grown woman sobbing over a rodent, and when I looked in her eyes, and saw the plea for suffering to end, I thanked her for being a part of my life, and let her go with a kiss and a promise that we would see each other again. I had Lily cremated and her ashes returned. She rests in a special garden that bears her name. You may shake your head that I would go to so much trouble and expense for a Guinea pig.  My husband, who is very practical, didn’t question my motives once. To us, Lily was family. 

  140. I lost my husband in July. K.C. my beautiful siamese died 12 days later. How I loved that cat, for 16 years she slept at the foot of my bed, when I did my yard work she was right there beside me, we would play with the long grass.
    In January, when I was feeling the loss of my husband on his 81st birthday, I was bathing my little pomeranian, Taz, she had been sick, but after a trip to the vet, she was feeling so much better. I thought a nice bath and blow dry would be nice. It was not. She just fell over and died. I lay down on my bed with TAZ and cried. All this happened in a six month period. I don’t know what I did so bad, that I lost everything I loved. TAZ would snuggle between my husband and myself at night and get just as close to both of us as possible.

  141. I just had an outburst of crying because my dog died in my living room and let out a screech just prior to dying. I sit in the living room and this memory just keeps returning and I live it over again. I thought of changing the room around but I can’t enough. To erase the memory. My Daisy was my shadow for 14 years. I would turn to let her in the door too as I went through. I finally stopped turning to do this but I still feel like she’s there. At least Now I cry less but still miss her, I look at her urn thing and say good morning. I have come along way from how I was. I can go a day without a thought but hen again there will be something that triggers a thought on. I still love that dog and miss her. It’s been a year in May.

  142. It’s not easy to lose a beloved fur baby one year ago we lost a fur baby we bottle fed from the time he was 3 days old. Sadly he passed due to grand maul seizures. I still cry for him to this day

  143. We had Max our Beautiful boy for 17 years. This past Sunday we had to let him go!! The pain is undeniable or indescribable it hurts so bad! We all look for him in his favorite places, waiting to be fed, cyo be cuddled and loved… its grieiving, its missing the unconditional love he had for us as we did for him…❤❤

  144. I lost my beloved companion 2 months ago. It seems like yesterday . Having to make the final decision. It just replays in my mind …mostly at night when my kitty, Callie would jump in bed with me. It’s so lonely. I still look for her running to the door when I would come in the house and call her. Just so lonely in this house now. I still look for her in her favorite places. The day to day living is the hardest part.


  145. Tracey hanlon

    I had a 12 yr old Bassett hound who spent 10 of those yrs with me. I rescued her, but she truly rescued me too. During my time with my Sally I went through many difficult times. It was her love and companionship that got me through each time.

    9 months ago I had to make the most difficult decision of my life and put her down. I stayed by her side until she took her last breath, just as she had been by my side whenever I needed her through all the years. There isn’t a day that goes by even now that I don’t think of her. I miss her terribly., and I suspect I will for many years to come.

    She was so much more than a dog, she was my best friend, confidante and shoulder to cry on. We drove across Canada 3 times together…Just me and Sally.

    I live with my daughter now and her family. They have a dog and a cat, yet I cannot let myself get close to them. I had Sally cremated and have her ashes next to my bed. I say goodnight to her everyday and tell her how much I love and miss her. I’m pretty sure people think I’m crazy.

  146. I had two Dachshunds.  I got George when he was a couple months old.   I went through a divorce so it was just George and I.  I decided George needed a brother, so I got Jack, a little less than a year later. They were only a few months apart.   Oh the antics of a Dachshund!   They were my bestest buddies.  George was usually Mr Independent. Off on his own.  Jack was always by me.  If I was at the craft table, they’d be laying together by my feet.  If Jack wasn’t in my lap, he and George would be together.  I got George in 2006.  I got Jack in 2007.  

    July 2018 we were at the dog park.  They are something and had swallowed it before I could get to them.  The next day they started getting sick.  Sunday night,Jack took a turn for the worse.  I was up with him all night.  430 Monday morning he was still up walking around, but weak.  I was going to get him to the vet first thing in the morning.  730 in the morning, he couldn’t even raise his head.  A bout of diarrhea, all blood. I didn’t hesitate.  I rushed him to the vet.  She ran tests on him and said she could hook him up to iv’s, push fluids.  I asked if she could save him. She said, “ I don’t think so because his little body is shutting down.”   I made the choice of not putting him through anymore.  I held my baby Jack as she gave him the med form him to go to sleep.  I held him.  I kissed his little head and told him how much I loved him and how much joy he had brought me and how much George and I would miss him.  I kissed him one last time as he took a final breath, and my baby Jack was gone.   July 9th, 2018, my baby Jack left me.  

    October 19, 2018,George, who wasn’t so Mr Independent anymore, was always by my side, was sitting beside me and I was asking him if was ready for another brother.  I knew how much he missed Jack.  I could tell by how he acted.  He was mourning, just as I was.   We went to bed that night.  The next day, I woke up at 2pm.  I NEVER sleep that late.  George was ALWAYS barking, ready to go outside by 830-900am.  Not October 20, 2018.  I woke and found my George.  He had left me, too.  Not even four months since Jack left us.  I truly believe George died of a broken heart. He was missing his little buddy.  I held him and cried.  I held him so close because I didn’t get to tell him goodbye.  I kissed him and told him how much I loved him and how very much I already missed him.   

    George and Jack weren’t just my bestest buddies, they were bestest buddies on their own.  I have their picture right here beside me.  I talk to them every day.  I tell them goodnight every night and tell them how very much I miss them.  Losing them has put a hole in my heart.  Next month will be one year for Jack.  I don’t know how I’ll make it through the day.  

    This just hurts.   

  147. My K.C. Was the smartest, cutest, and lovingest dog ever. At least in our minds he was. This ruby King Charles was a Christmas Gift 8 1/2 years ago and gave us joy every day since. He matched up well with Chloe, my wife’s King Charles gotten 4 years prior. He had a toy basket with about twenty toys and would pick each one out when asked for by name. I am handicapped and retired, so I was with him basically always. He rode with me every day to get lunch and would always talk me into getting him cookies or ice cream. (My wife doesn’t believe that). He was with me until bedtime every night and there every morning while I showered, got dressed and went downstairs. He had favorite commercials to bark at the dogs which we can hardly watch now. He laid on my lap all day long and if you asked him for a hug, he would stand up and wrap his front paws around your neck and hug you. That cheered you up immediately. He was always by the table to be sure he helped you clean up any scraps that you would “accidentally” drop. He would always start out in his bed beside ours, but always seemed to be under our covers in the morning. Pretty smart to be that sneaky. We found out about a year ago that their heart murmurs were getting worse, so we put both on medication. We kept a close look, but they continuously went down hill and KC started having fainting spells. Chloe started being incontinent as well. KC became more lethargic and losing some eyesight. Both would just stand and stare and look confused. We finally had to make the decision to put them down. Even though it was a calm experience at the vet, I’ll never forget KC sleeping so soundly on my lap and Chloe snuggling up to my wife also sound asleep. I can’t seem to stop seeing him like this and I’m an emotional disaster. I feel embarrassed about crying all the time with each reminder we see or hear. I just know we will never forget either one of them.

    1. Rachel Wilson

      NEVER feel embarrassed for mourning your fur baby!! They are your children as well as your human children are. It’s good to mourn them. they were our sidekicks, bedbuddies, therapists, you name it!! You do what is necessary to get through this grieving part. I made a memory garden for my babies in my back yard.It’s where I go to talk to them. And its beautiful and colorful. Something like that may help? It was cathartic for me to make it. It helped me to grieve and speak to them as I did it. I sure hope this helps you and your wife!! Time does help make it easier. Hugs to you both.

  148. My 32 year old horse, Copper, passed away on Wednesday.  I’ve lost other pets and they were emotional, but this one has hit me hard!  As if I’d lost a family member!  I’ve had him for 25 years and not only did we compete together, he was my companion, my therapist, my world. When I found him, my world crumbled!  I will miss the soft nickers I would hear coming down to the barn and the morning nozzles and butterfly kisses he’d give to get a peppermint or ginger snap cookies

  149. Bella passed 3 weeks ago today. She was 15 and had several significant health issues and it was time for her to rest. For the past year or so, especially the pay few months, she required more hands on care. This meant more closely monitoring her movements. And like you said, we created a strict schedule for all her medications. All of a sudden that stopped. What I nurtured and took care of for 8 years is suddenly gone. And what do I do now. I’ve been lost for 3 weeks. Recently 2 friends each lost am adult child so I feel ashamed to be this grieved compared to their circumstances (I don’t have kids, I have furbabies).

  150. I lost my baby Brie April 2018. I feel like i’m stuck. I miss her so much and my heart hurts so bad. she was a little dog who relied on me quite a bit. she was 14 1/2 and died of Chronic Heart Failure. i’m just so broken x

  151. Libby was with me for 18 years. She had beautiful blue sapphire eyes. I loves her, she was sweet, tough, and persevering. A mom, gma, friend, competitor for a toy, snuggle buddy and meal buddy. I miss her.

  152. My Bichon was 17.5 yrs. when he passed . When I would get my hair dryer out, he would come in 
    The bathroom and stomp he’s paws. Am I going, am I going.  I would say yes, go tell Bob you can
    Go. He would take off and bark at Bob, I’m going.  It’s been almost 7 yrs and I still cry. It was like
    Losing a great loved one. Because that’s exactly what it is.

  153. We recently moved our business to a new location that had a resident Red Hen, Henrietta. She visited all of the businesses up and down the street. She had the most charming personality and we all fell in chicken love with her. She greeted me every morning, came in the office for mealworms and melon. She left us beautiful brown eggs and talked quite a story. We have only been here since 4/1/19, so only 3 months of sharing her joy. She was killed last week during the night by another animal. I am devastated by her loss….I just can’t grasp how a little hen could get under my skin so thoroughly is such a short time. I still tear up at the thought of her not being here.

  154. On May-28-2019 My Puppy Max Cross The Rainbow Bridge..He Was 13 Years Old….On June-07-2019 He Was Cremated I Have His Ashes And Dog Prints…God Only Know How Hurt I Am..I Cry All day & Everyday I Look Threw All Hi Pictures I Cry..I See His Ashes I Cry As Well As His Dog Print..Lord I Miss My Pups Dearly..

  155. Sheila L McDougall

    Monday of this week I was still in the rehabilitation facility and was extremely excited to be going home. I particularly missed my pups. Roxie was missing me, too. She managed to get out the gate and decided she was going to come see me. She knew where I was because she had been up to visit. She headed up the road toward the facility that is only a block away. Unfortunately, she never made it. She was hit by a car and killed instantly. I can’t tell you what a hole this has left in my heart.
    I chose her from a rescue organization nine years ago because she was such a cuddle bug. It was all an act, she soon earned her nickname, ’Wild Woman’. Mail delivery was never the same. The mailman quickly pushed it through the door slot to make she didn’t get his fingers. She then had to pick up piece and make sure it was dead by shaking the hell out of it. She slept with me every night, under the covers, stretched to her full length with all four feet in the air. Unless, of course one of the grandkids was spending the night and then she had to sleep with them. I think I have more pictures of her sleeping than awake. I miss her so much!

  156. On father’s day this year I lost my heart dog who was there with me through the darkest times of my life, who saw the birth of my two daughters, who was there for them guiding them and protecting them. She was my constant companion after leaving my marriage and having my children ripped from me by their abusive father. She was by my side while I rebuilt my life and finally achieved my dream of being a career firefighter. She was my fur to cry into when I lost my dad on June 1, 2017, my most devastating loss to that date. And she was there when I finally met the love of my life and approved him. The grief I feel losing my Nikita is unlike anything I’ve ever felt. My husky girl was my first child and my heart dog. I will never have another like her….

  157. Oh boy where do I start. Corky my hunter beagle was my best friend, no I should say our best friend. She was a pound puppy. She spent 17 1/2 years by my side and we did daycare together. If I ever wanted to know when walk time was(with the kidlets), she always let us know. She was very kind and loving and at 10 years old accepted my son’s new puppy and 6 years later a 2 year old, both Heelers. She loved to play ball, play fight(she only ever nipped one person – my husband). She loved to play fight with him. Sometimes all it took was a certain look and they were off. Car rides and 2 french fries were right up there. She’ll be a very hard act to follow, if the time ever comes. Sorry, I tend to ramble on about her. Thank you for listening. I so understand.

  158. I agree, and in some ways it is worse than losing a family member. Friends understand losing a family member, but many of them think “it’s just a cat”. My Bellboy was my support through a difficult divorce and starting a new life. When he suddenly got sick we rushed home and despite 5 days in kitty intensive care, he died. Even now, 15 years later I still miss him and tear up remembering him. And while it was a little helpful that I still had his sister, I still missed him. As a tip, since I knew she would miss him as well, we brought his body home and let her check him out and let her watch as we buried him. She seemed okay after that but during his hospital days she was obviously looking for him.

  159. Courtney Chapron-Engi

    We took our Lilo Bear to the vet today after she was unable to get up…blood work and x-rays showed a splenic tumor that ruptured so she was bleeding internally…surgery would have been a 50/50 chance so we decided as a family to send her on her journey to the rainbow bridge with love and peace. She would have been 11 in November! She was the most wonderful dog and I already miss her. Everything in our home reminds me of her! I am heartbroken

  160. I lost my Buzzy 3 weeks ago to a terrible accident. Fortunately I was there with him till the end, but feel a tremendous amount of guilt for not being able to save him. My heart aches for my Buzz daily and see him in literally everything I do. My daughter and other dog are so heart broken as well, and it kills me to know there is nothing I can do to ease their heart ache and sorrow. This sudden loss is one of the hardest things I have ever experienced, and it is truly a struggle to get by without my best friend everyday. It eases the pain to think that he is free to roam as he always loved in doggy heaven. 

  161. Thank you for your timely article. We lost our beloved cat, Buddy, on May 29. Buddy had congestive heart failure and we didn’t even know he was sick. He was hiding it from us for as long as he could. His doctor said cats tend to do this. Grateful for the “bonus” week we had with him but it still is so difficult and sadly people that have never had a special animal connection just don’t understand. I feel sorry for them. The loyal and unconditional love they give us is beyond comparison. Meet me at the bridge, Buddy. We’ll be looking for you.

  162. Bitty was Shih tzu that I rescue from an acquaintance  she had been living outdoors for 2 years in a dog. She had dread locks 6 inches long. I was a cat person but determined to find her a good home. After getting her cleaned up with the help of some friends, I found her 3 good homes but could not left go. I’m not sure who rescued who. It got where if she couldn’t go with me I didn’t go. We would family. It took 10 months before she actually licked my hand. But she would crawl up on me and nudge my face with her nose. I finally met a new and after a few weeks I asked him if he knew the quickest way to make me mad and he said”mess with my dog”. Because she always came first. We are this together. Bitty had an amazing life. She vacations, camping, dog sitters,  birthday parties, Christmas stockings. everyone loved her because after 5 years of neglect she still had the sweetest personality, the most beautiful face and the biggest heart. I lost her 4 years ago and even though we have a new baby, I’ll never get over loosing my best friend ever. She was one of a kind. (I cried the entire time I wrote this). I don’t have children but I would imagine that the pain is compatible.)

  163. My my fur-baby chance just turn 10 March just passed away June 8th 2019 unexpectedly to start the story of our life together chances was a Border Collie Chow mix I watched him in his litter people and the minute he was born he was the one I wanted I will know where everyday added him cuddle with them played with him treated hey wonderfully strong bonds with chance until I can bring him home his forever sick with the Chow long with the Border Collie his ears in his chest hair or bib when he was a baby looks like you to the crimping iron to him as I got older it only looked at crimpy when he got wet the only place chance didn’t go me was work chance was never left alone so when I was at work he was with my boyfriend his daddy he went everywhere and if he wasn’t allowed I wouldn’t go I took them hiking for long walks and also my lawn to the beach any type of water he loved to clean the water his tail with wag back and forth in my laminate the whole time looking for the little minnow fish at the edge of the water he liked to dive 4 rocks chance was my world my soulmate the way he looked at me he knew when I needed him the most and I knew what each of his looks meant what he wanted with every turn of the head cry bark or whimper I couldn’t even normally take selfies with me cuz everytime I did I turn to look at him just a little sleep automatically hit try start kissing me he would sleep in bed with me right up against my side when it was just me and him in the car when I was driving had to hold his paw and rub it for a little while he never grew out of that I started that when he was a puppy when I first got him when he was a little nervous about being in the car I dressed him up for Halloween I didn’t force him he didn’t mind I thrown birthday parties with my sister and my niece and their dog I’d make dog safe cakes chance was my world and on June 8th my world came to an end how do you was great we had awesome day you spent the whole day at the beach I had his doggy bag which consists of treats food toys towel bowls and plenty of water we got home and he seemed fine nothing major and normal he had a bad back leg and I knew that he overdid it a little bit at the beach so I gave him a kiss he kissed me back I told him when he was ready to come outside with me and Daddy I went outside I was doing out there 5 minutes he let out this god-awful cry I’ve never heard that sound and never want to again I knew something was wrong ran inside quickly he stopped crying head hit the floor I started CPR what time is too late I couldn’t save my baby I don’t know what happened and I want people don’t get it chance wasn’t a dog he was more than a dog he was smart and handsome I don’t know what to do without him I have a huge hole and I just feel like I’m breaking I feel like I’m in a bad dream that I can’t wake up I still have his food and water does and anyting else his toys where he left them I won’t move them I have my baby cremated I have and your necklace that my sister brought me to put a little bit of chance in the with me I haven’t taken it off I cry everyday the first couple days are the hardest now I put on a show in front of everybody else that things are fine but they’re not at night I take the box that has his ashes and I sleep with it hugging it all day long crying and wishing to have him back I have owned by their dogs and cats growing up but chances are way different from all of them his personality I don’t even think he knew he was a dog I think he thought it was a person I’m still struggling I talked to my sister once in awhile I don’t want to burden anybody with my feelings just like this article says some people don’t get it my sister does but she has her own life so I’m still grieving and it doesn’t seem like it’s ever going to stop doesn’t sound like it’s getting easier I know it’s only been just under two weeks that he’s been gone I’m trying to stay strong and I think of all the happy memories like he like his butt spanked not hard sweet but he would stand there turn his head and look at you and he wants you to Pat his ass inside a big butt big butt and then he would do this jump twirl thing bark and then stand in front of you for you to do it again rest in peace my baby boy

  164. Thank you for this article. We lost our 17 year old Dog, Buddy yesterday. Our family is heart broken, but we know he is in a better place. It is so difficult 

  165. Today I just had to put down a cat I received 4 or 5 yrs ago. He was 15 yrs old and ended up with a tumor. He wax like an old grouch in the last week.

  166. My baby died on Monday, June 17th. He developed a bacterial infection in his liver and it was so bad he had to make the hardest decision ever. He was in so much pain and we couldn’t watch him suffer for our selfish reason not to loose him. But, from the moment we got him March 2008 until his last day he would always cuddle with his favorite doggy. He was a special boy and holds a very special place in our heart.

  167. We had to put my best friend to sleep yesterday she 11 years old. She knew the best of me and she knew the worst of me. She loved me anyways. She was the office dog. She went with me everyday. We laughed about her position at the office she was in charge of conflict resolution and damage control. Folks could come in my insurance office ready to kill me over a rate increase. She would come out from under desks and they would melt into a smile. She was the only child of ours that never talked back. I selfishly wanted to give her another day but due to her failing kidneys my wife said it would best for us to let her go instead of her dying alone. Shes a tough woman and I love her that decision I just couldn’t do it. Annabelle was her name and she could turn my worst days into Ray’s of hope. Not sure if theres dogs in heaven but I sure hope so she deserved to get to be there.

  168. I lost my baby girl June 15th 2019 she turned 16 last month she was healthy and full of life she fell asleep in my arms every night and would rub her paws on my face until I fell asleep I am devastated! Having a really hard time! I miss her so much! She took a huge piece of my heart with her!

  169. I had to put my sweet baby boy Capone down May 7th. We had him almost 11years. I’m too broken to write much more because the emptiness is unbearable at this time. Please keep him in your prayers and I pray I’m reunited with him one day

  170. Gail Coleman Barnett

    I lost be beloved Poirot… a.long haired German Shepherd of 11 years two years ago on Valentines. I still am in such pàin over this loss… I can’t get “over” it ànd cry every single day. He was totally devoted to me … I was his world and I felt oretty much the same aboit him

  171. We had to put our Labrador Bailey down yesterday because of back pain and unable to walk. She will be truly missed she was a companion for my handicapped son and s friend to me since my husband passed away. We will miss her terribly. I know she was in pain and is happier now but it’s hard because she was such a big part of our family and gave us so much love❤️

  172. This is so important to share and extend awareness of pet grief. The heartache is horrible. I have been my furkid’s fulltime caregiver for 19 months while he battled lymphoma and leukemia. We had a heavy daily routine of meds, supplements, homemade food, all while keeping him happy and content. Each morning was a new day with helicopter tail and a bazillion kisses, each evening was a massive grateful flop in bed, up against his mom (me). We lost him last week, at 7 and a half, the cancer won and we didn’t want our boy to suffer. He leaves behind a fursister, who is lost without him, and battling her own health issues. Our family has suffered quite a few personal tragedies over the course of our boys life, but nothing could prepare us for this. His loss is a gripping, painful loneliness that will take quite a while to navigate through. Hug your pets tight and appreciate every moment.

  173. Bill Lukemire

    I am a 69 year old man. I have enjoyed the friendship of many a pet. Their lives are forever etched on my heart.  I can still see them I have kept each of their bowls and I truly believe I will reunite with them at the Bridge. And yes I have been with each of them on that final journey and cried my heart out as I left the vet. No they are not just a dog cat lizard or bird They
    are family.   

  174. Thankyou for this information, I sometimes think that I am ridiculous for crying at the most inopportune times even when I see and feel other peoples pain. I sometimes wish that life is not worth living especially when I see all the little marks made by my boys Tigger and Tuther who died from cancer, Tiggs passed two years ago and Tuther passed in February this year. My family say pull yourself together nan and get a grip. They were only cats, but to me they were my life and I miss their little quirks. Once again THANK YOU FOR THIS INFORMATION.

  175. My baby’s name was Bruno and what to say… he was annoying and a mess with people around lol but with me he was simply perfect, he was sweet, silly, cuddly, he was literally perfect and oh and sooo handsome!!  as I was obsessed with him he was as obsessed with me, he was my shadow, he loved me beyond words could explain and i loved him the exact same way back. I miss him more than anything. It’s been 4 months without him and it hurts as if it was yesterday that I last had him in my arms.  All the love and support he gave me during the hardest times of my life is what made me love him sooooo much. 

  176. Little Miss Misty was her name. She was a Snowshoe Siamese. I do not what she die from. Three vets said she was ok. She sleep beside me, she was there when I need comfort. She kept me going though unemployment. She was my girl.

  177. We just lost our pup, Dexter, two weeks ago this Saturday. He was a rescue and showed his appreciation for the great life we gave him every day. He slept with our son, was my shadow when home, and just loved snuggling with us. He was our chihuahua’s best friend. Nacho is also depressed. He won’t eat and sleeps a lot. We’ve poured all our love and attention to Nacho now. He’s helping us get through this by helping him. We love our furbabies like our real babies. The sadness is real. 


    My cat was 10 years old. Her name was Girlfriend. She was the best cat I’ve ever had. I really miss her. This is how I got her – I saw her picture on line at an animal hospital. I called and inquired if I could adopt her. They told me she had just been adopted. I was disappointed. For some reason I checked that website again in a couple weeks or so and her picture was still on there. I called their office and told them they had forgotten to take her picture down. The lady said to hold on – she came back on and told me the family had returned her as they felt they couldn’t bond with her. Needless to say I drove right over there and adopted her. She died of kidney disease. I worked with the vet but after two years (in that time she was not in pain or suffering) she stopped eating and had lost weight. Thanks for letting us share about our furry loved ones. I’m a widow and am alone so she was perfect for me!

  179. We lost our dalmatian mix after 12 1/2 years. She got sick and passed before we knew what hit us. We still miss her so much after a year later. She was our best friend. We both still grieve over her. We will never have such a close pet and beloved companion and wish I could have done something to make her live longer. She will always be e in our hearts.

  180. So, today at 5:10 our hearts broke and an era ended. Today we lost our best friend and companion Lambeau. I will miss the walks, the talks, his snuggling my face as I lie in bed, sharing my meals, even picking up his poo. He was the fifth dog we owned and among the best. We always say he was the best and indeed he was, but he also shares that title with the others. He was my friend and shadow at times, running down the stairs if I so much as played a chord on a guitar in the basement. Getting the way and enjoying all the treats given to him during the Holidays and our Pool party. My heart is broken and is left with a huge empty hole….I love and miss you Lambeau, find Kodi, Ivan, Nikki, Primo and Louie and run with them until I get there and we can once again be together. I will always love and remember you, my buds…….As I held him in my arms until the very end, I kept telling him I was sorry and that I loved him.

  181. I ended up in the ER twice since her passing, having major anxiety attacks. I didnt want to be here without her, that simple. I’ve cried almost every day, this month Mark’s a year. My Doctor was like, “well you have other dogs don’t you”? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!! I slept with a blanket rolled up next to me for months. I take her urn with e everywhere. At night I place it next to my bed on the night stand. She was my soulmate dog. I will be broken & grieving the rest of my life. All I know is when I pass, she will be waiting for me.

  182. I lost my dog yesterday at 4:15 pm. Diesel had GI cancer he lived 2 months longer than expected. But his health went downhill fast. I had to make the hardest decision ever. I couldn’t have him suffer any longer so he had him humanely euthanized . My vet is wonderful. She came to my house and with me laying beside him he peacefully went to sleep on his favorite blanket and with his favorite ball. I am a mess. Didn’t sleep last night, have cried off and on all day. Haven’t ate. Feel so empty inside. And even though we have another dog the house seems empty. Diesel was my baby . He slept with me, followed me around. My family doesn’t understand how bad I am upset. They seem to be over it. But my heart is so broken. Love you so much Diesel. Run free

  183. I had to put my Soccer if 22 years to sleep at the end of February, he was my baby. He was always there for me, went thru a lot together, and then just last week mama kitty died in my arms at home, She was 11 yrs old. Got her ashes back today. They are right beside my soccer’s ashes. It’s just hard.. Thank you for the article.

  184. 4 weeks yesterday when l had to lay my wonderful faithful friend to rest. 14 years spent together will never be erased from my heart. So hard to explain the raw hole in my heart his passing has brought to my life. Now is time to accept we will never make anymore memories together so l have to cherish the special ones l have. He went to sleep looking into my eyes knowing that he was loved, cared for and always held a special place in my life, the same as l did in his. I miss him so much . Rest in peace Ralph, and thank you . Never just a dog, a true companion.

  185. It was 4 weeks ago today I said goodbye to the feline love of my life. My sweet girl was 19 years old and had been my best friend since she was 12 weeks old. I cannot explain how broken hearted I am and how time hasn’t helped. I understood her time was coming due to her age but the suddenness of it I was not prepared for. I only pray the pain will lessen someday. I’m grieving this kitty more than I have human family members. In a way that makes me feel guilty as she was a cat but she was in my life longer than most people and her love was unconditional. 

  186. I lost my two best friends of 14 and 15 years within four days of each other back in June of 2016. Their deaths were as significant to me as any human family member, perhaps closer because they lived with me as a single person and were with me almost every day of those years. I will never quit missing Char and Gris Gris and, unfortunately, no other cat will be able to fill the void left in their place.

    Char would’ve been the best therapy cat for people. He wasn’t afraid of anyone or anything except the vacuum cleaner. He once attacked our full-grown Lab after I brought our new baby home and the dog tried to eat the pacifier. I shooed the dog away, which the cat must’ve perceived as a threat to me and my son, so Char launched into the air like a giant cartoon “X” swiping all four arms and legs to ward off the dog. He was an amazing protector!

  187. i lost two of my sweet babies a month apart – took my heart with them. when i first pts my 16 year old baby it felt like my life was sealed away in a vault – all my emotions where blocked and taken away. Then my handsome 9 year old i had to pts due to very advanced cancer – that was the end for me. life stopped. all my joy is gone my reason for staying alive is gone. then i lost my two old kitties and two very near and dear friends within a day of each other. Life sucks

  188. My babys name was Dasiey aka Boobookitty. I had her for 17 wonderful years. I was 13 when she was born and I was 30 when I lost her on 1/12/19 she would’ve been 18 this Oct.. She was with me through every good and hard time in my life. She went through breakups, death, my parents divorce, me getting a boyfriend that loved her just as much as I did, new jobs, moving out on our own, she was always there with me. She listened to my horrible singing and never judged me for anything. I watched her mom give birth to her. I helped bring her into the world and I had to make the decision to let her go. It was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. I often feel guilty because I feel like I gave up on her ,but I know I did what was best for her. I couldn’t watch her suffer. My heart aches every day for her. I cry everyday. It’s a hurt that won’t go away. I wish I could just hold her one more time. I still smell her covers so I can feel close to her. My family and my boyfriend have helped me through the hard days and we remember all of the good times we had with her. We miss you baby girl# if love couldve saved you❤

    1. Sue Nawalaniec

      I lost my best friend on Sunday. Bella was 16 1/2. She was my loyal, loving, caring companion. She followed me every where and I mean every where. She would watch me in the morning from the bed as I would get ready for work. She would say goodbye to me at the door and then run into the bedroom to watch me out the window. She would be there when I would get home with a happy cry and a tail wiggling. Sunday was the hardest day of my life, saying goodbye. She had so many physical problems and doggy dementia. She was getting so skinny and fragile. She wouldn’t even eat for the last year. I had to make her people food. The last few days she was having seizures. I loved her so much, I had to let her go. My heart hurts so much, that when I think of her, my whole body feels sick. I have been having A fib since Sunday. My heart aches. I cry a lot and can’t sleep. The only thing that has helped is thinking of her in no more pain, hopping around, wiggling her tail, and feeling her happiness. I love you my Bella and miss you so much!!! Be happy!! Until we meet again♥️

  189. Deborah bogush

    Her name was piddles, I crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday June 17,2019. Most people ask why the name piddles well when she was a puppy she kept having little piddles on the floor even though she was house broke which she was so easy to train the best I’ve ever had, I couldn’t figure out how come theses little piddles here or there come to find out she was having small seizures well I had started calling her my little piddler so piddles kind of stuck. She was such a loving kind dog my grandson could climb all over her as she’d just lay there I could do anything to her she’d let me she was such a caring easy loving dog, if I was upset and crying she’d come over and nudge me with her nose as if to say mommy I’m here for you I have fibromyalgia and some days I hurt really bad she get up in bed with me and cuddle, the warmth from her body would help easy my pain also she’d get a full body massage so she won out as well she was always there for me  no matter what and as her health went down I was there for her  up until the end when I could no longer watch her suffer even though the pain and meds she still tried to please me and always wag her helicopter tail to let me know she loved me. I am so heart broken without her , I wake up looking for her with her smile and tail thumping on the floor people say oh it just a dog well no she wasn’t she was my baby my love and friend she got me and I could just look in those beautiful brown eyes and it was like I knew what she was thinking, she was love , I and what love should be and I am lost without her. I Still had her baby teeth some of her fur and a toe nail clipping also her name tag which I have put in a medicine bag made of leather to wear around my neck to keep her close to my heart where she will always be.

  190. My fur baby shihtzu Kiko died this past weekend, I had her for 15 years! 
    She was always there for me in good and bad times.  I got her a year after graduation, she came with me when I moved out of province for work and knew no one, she was with me when I moved again this time back home, she was with me when I met my husband and at our wedding, and when we had our son, she helped me with our 4 year struggle of infertility and then was here when I finally was able to welcome my baby girl!
    I keep looking for her and I miss her.
    She was my silent best friend that just knew what I needed.  
    She was full of life right until the evening before she passed.  She had been diagnosed with heart disease 4 years ago and I think her little body was just done.  
    She passed away in my arms leaving me with one more memory of her I  will never forget.  
    My heart is broken and I am very sad. 

  191. Kathy Morrill

    When we lost our 2 springers within 3 months of each other my husband fell into a deep dark hoke of loss and pain
    This gigantic strong man was broken. Tears and sobbing, not sleeping, not eating and lost. My heart was broken for him and I needed to help heal him
    In any way I could. So along came Roo, an 8 week old springer boy that he couldn’t even look at until that night they were snuggled and he was telling Roo all about his pain

  192. I just lost my baby boy two nights ago. It hurts so much. I’m physically hurting! I don’t know how much I can take!!!!

    He had a toy that we called Monkey. It is just a stuffed monkey and he loved to chase it and play hide and seek with it. We would playb that game with him every night before going to sleep. It was his favorite and he would fall asleep smiling. GOD, I MISS HIM SOOO MUCH!

    1. Zaino Benjamin

      I lost my Cooper on 20 December.. 2 weeks ago today.. It Hurts soooo much… It’s like an intense pain… I miss my boy so much xx

  193. I lost my sweet beautiful Toby in February. He was my buddy and my best friend. He was a cat we got 13 years ago when our done showed up with him at our house on the day of Hurricane Katrina. He was just 8 weeks old. He was a beautiful orange tabby. I miss him so much. There is an empty hole in my heart. I have his ashes in a cedar box and in a necklace. He meant so much to me. I will always miss him, he will always be in my heart. 

  194. Cheryl Whitney

    Peach just followed me everywhere and especially to the door when I returned to “our” home together.
    It is wonderful to share a home with my special pet.  I needed that as much as he did.

  195. I lost my Sooner on 4/18/2019.  I had to let her go two days after she gave birth to 14 babies. She went for an emergency spaye and they discovered a tear where her esophagus joined her stomach. I then lost one of her babies two days later. I buried my grief to take care of her babies, but now at 8 weeks they are going to their new homes and it is ripping my heart out. I have memories of their mom flood me and I just feel like my heart is breaking. N

  196. Thank you so much for this article. I really thought I was losing my mind because no one could understand… My family lost our 5yr old lab/Weimaraner Jasmine, suddenly  just 6 days ago and the pain I feel is unexplainable, we would e given anything for more time with her, but her liver failed and it was the hardest decision in my life to let her go since she tried so hard to seem ok around us. My emotions are so mixed and I felt like it just wasn’t right to reach out for therapy over it so thank you again!

    1. As the mother of 3 young active boys I couldn’t of been happier when Jenny a 12 year old female cat was up to be rehomed we were moveing to the perfect home and for me she would be the girl I had needed in my life so we arranged to home her she completed my family and unfortunaly suffered skin cancer 2 years after arriveing but got through it I always knew she was an older cat and may not have much time left but she spent 5 1/2 wonderful years. Unfortunately just over a week ago I had to make the decision to put her at peace she had gone into end stage heart failure and was dyeing before my eyes no words can describe the heartbreak this has caused no matter how much you prepare and you know what has to be done nothing hurts like that final goodbye. I hope one day my heart will heal enough to look back and only smile of such amazing memories of her but for now my pain is very raw I lost my girl and feel so alone without her around. Healing vibes to everyone suffering the same pain right now may all our loved pets rip.

  197. I have lost my cats Misty and Binx one year after the other. It has been 2 years. The pain never goes away really. My heart gets heavy still when I think about them

  198. I lost my boy 4 1/2 weeks ago and I am having all sorts of emotions going thru me. Loneliness, guilt, love, emptiness, heart is broken into pieces, this hole in my stomach, it’s all unbearable. He just turned 13 in January, but was diagnosed with insulinoma last Oct. 1, 2018. My life revolved around him 24/7. I am retired, so that made it a little easy. The medications were very expensive, the ultrasounds as well, but as we went along, I didn’t think he’d go down so fast as the last 2 weeks he was alive. I look at his puppy picture, with those blue eyes, and what a wonderful dog he turned out to be. He loved everyone and other dogs too. Even when we relocated to another state a year and half ago, he was a trouper. He had to give up his yard to going for walks as we moved into a townhome. I am so glad now that I had that time with him, but I truly believe the prednisone is what made him deteriorate to skin and bones and essentially make his joints so weak he couldn’t do stairs, or go on long walks anymore. That last nite was the hardest because it was the first time he was so uncomfortable, couldn’t lay down for more than 5 minutes and kept moving into different spots. The next day, before we took him to the vet, he lay in our garage, and kept staring at me with those “eyes”. those eyes that said please help me, I hurt, I am done. He wouldn’t eat, drink and didn’t want to go for a walk, nothing but lay there on that cool floor. I have never felt so guilty, that maybe there was something more I could’ve done, but the vet assured me I did a lot more than most would have done. I miss him so, so much, that I look at the LR rug, and remember how I laid on the floor and massaged him 3 – 4 times a day, or when I come home, and he’s not there by the door, or following me into each room I went into. I wrote him a letter and made collages of him, and gave some of his stuff away, but his chew bones are still where he left them the last time he chewed on them. His urn is on the china cabinet, but I would rather just carry it around with me, holding him, but I cant. I taught him how to play catch, and I found that video and play it over and over and the one where he is running down our old fence with the dogs next door. I miss his bark so much, and how playful he was before he got sick. I will be talking with a grief counselor tomorrow.

  199. The two dogs that I miss the most are Daisy and Little. Daisy was our Beagle and she was a very loving dog. Little was our Cheagle. She was a rescue and no one ever knew we had a dog. She never barked and was extremely loving.

  200. I lost my sweet Ruby 1 week ago today. She was 15 and has been through all of life’s crazy with me. College, marriage, kids, sickness, you name it and my girl was right there to support me. I miss her so and I know that broken heart syndrome is real. I can feel it. There are some days my heart is so heavy I think I’ll never make it out of this. Thank you for writing this article. It is a much needed read. 

  201. I lost my beloved love bug, Lucy June 19th. It’s been almost a year and I still can’t look at her picture without crying. She slept in my arms as I lay on my side… for 6 years. I have yet to had s good nights sleep since. She was my constant companion and I miss her do much. I am 66 I Hot Shinhkes 1 week after she died….. I am surprised I didn’t die from a broken heart. 

  202. Skittles was my 17 lb. Cat. Not a fat cat but a big cat…so our his brothers. Sept 19, 18 i had to make a decision. He was dying of heart failure they said. Only 3 yrs old. Totally not fair. I miss him lying on my chest and as you can imagine he covered my tummy too. I miss him purring, licking my hand, curling up by my feet at night. Racing me to the door. Coming when i called his name. Snickers my other cat was lost without him for a long time. I dread the one year anniversary.

  203. Her name was raina. She was 2 years old. After attacking our other dog for the 6th time. I was done. But I loved her sweet, night cuddling’s in the couch. But the was getting unpredictable. 

  204. Thankyou for this article. People dont understand that I’m still grieving after a year. My dog died from a rare blood disease and I wasn’t told by the vet his blood work showed something going on. I feel helpless I couldn’t help him sooner!!

    1. Hugo. He was 1.5 years old when he was diagnosed with Acute leukemia. Our hearts will always hurt for our baby boy. With treatment he would have lasted 4 months and that’s wasnt fair of us to put him through that pain. We gave him a wonderful weekend full of good food and company until his body told us it was time. He crossed the rainbow bridge on 6/3/2019. I feel guilty every day that I couldnt do more for him. It just wasnt fair. He was mommy’s baby boy. I dont know that I will ever get over this loss.

    2. Tomorrow makes a week that I lost my good boy. His name was Old Redd. He was by my side for thirteen years. God knows I would do anything to get him back. Thank you, for this article. It’s nice to know that someone understands and doesn’t think I’m overreacting.

    3. I lost my 15 yr old dog June 24 2019 that was by my side day and night. The pain is real and the emptiness I feel is overwhelming.

    4. My Max was 11 years old and was diagnosed with bone cancer in Feb 2020. I chose quality over quantity of life. He was my protector and best friend. I had to help him to The Rainbow Bridge on 6.29.2020 and Ive been crying ever since. I hate coming home because he’s not waiting at the door with that wagging tail!

    5. I lost Joe the wonder dog a week ago very fast. He helped me through a divorce, the loss of two other dogs, a whole life change and through the stay at home order. His disease was fast and no cure. My heart is so broken.