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Posted On: 2014-10-15 11:57:29
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How do I lessen the incredible pain of having lost our baby Dog?

Yesterday, we had to put down our baby Dog :(
We had to do it because he was old: could not stand on his legs at all, not even to go 2 feet anymore. Nevertheless, the pain of loosing him is breaking my heart :( He was our baby.

So what I want to know, is what can I do to lessen this unbearable pain and sadness that I feel for having lost him? For him being no more :(
And about his body, do you suggest we cremate him or bury him or what?
I cannot believe he is gone :(

P.S., Attached photo is of him Yesterday at his favorite spot.

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4 years 4 months ago

I lost my doggette two years ago, she was a lovely jack russell terrier, a bossy but caring dog till the end.

I still think of her every day & can't look at a sunset without getting tearful.

I imagine her up in a sunny forest somewhere, with other family pets of the past.

I believe that death isn't the end, which helps, each of our atoms is 4 billion years old I think? - so we are all kind of the same thing, intelligent design I think they call it
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4 years 5 months ago

You know I always thought a HUGE Design flaw about Dogs by God is that they have a shorter lives than us, much shorter, when they are truly Angles and become part of our Hearts & Soul. I miss my Baby Dog so much too :(
He is always in my Heats and even Years after him passing away I find myself at times looking at his Picture for Hours and hoping that he will walk through that Door again. My Heart my Baby Dog :(
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4 years 6 months ago

My Condolences, Losing a piece of our heart is extremely difficult. There is no right way or wrong way to grieve. Just let it out. Embrace your memories & hold on for the ride.
I encourage my clients to wait on the decision of getting another dog. New arrivals require lots of time & energy. If you really stop to think about it & are honest with yourself. It's probably an ongoing task you are not quite up to yet! Be kind to yourself grieve & wait.
I created this video to honor our Beloved Pets. http://petaid911.org/RainbowBridge.html

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4 years 6 months ago
Thanks for that Video.
It is really sweet. although it made me sadder :(
Is that German Shepherd your beloved Dog?
If yes, he was just as beautiful as my baby Boy Tabor :(
They truly live in our Hearts. Forever. Just hope my heart wont be so broken for too long.
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4 years 6 months ago

Yes LynnM, I think what you have said is the only way forward. That is to get another Baby Dog and channel our of Baby Dog gone to the new Baby Dog, knowing that our Baby Dog gone can never be replaced. Although to be frank, I am not sure I can go through the pain and crying that I have been going through over the last week again :(
I have not gone much of anything done, for I see reminders of that beautiful Boy every where. He was so full of life and joy :(
When he was just a year younger....
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4 years 6 months ago

you will have to bury him but on the grave try to plant a fruitful tree which you will remember the fateful death of your baby dog while someday you or some of the people will be enjoying the fruits from that plant ,then they will be remembering him.
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4 years 6 months ago
I could not bare to look at his frozen body. So we decided to cremate his remains. We will spread it over his favorite lake.
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4 years 6 months ago
loseing a loved one-pet or human is so very difficult for us all-they say time will ease the pain-it does to a certain extent-you cant go on being on a guilt trip because you chose to let him not suffer -what other choice did you have?it was the best kind of love you could have given him - keep his memories alive -life goes on- share your love with another -not as a replacement-there will never be another "BABY DOG"-but get another dog who needs your love-also donate to the shelter in his memory
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4 years 6 months ago
my first boxer rocky died in 1980 -if i stop and think about him -i still cry-i went on to become a boxer breeder because of my memories of the rock-owning a pet-gives us a channel for our love-something to have and hold -something to talk to -something that loves us back unconditionally -even if its for so short a time-i never regret owning him -if it wasnt for him i wouldnt have the two boxer girls i have today nor would i have the boxers i bred as part of my life-its ok to grieve-ok to cry
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4 years 6 months ago
WOW! Your boxer rocky died in 1980 and you still cry over his memory. That is a great proof of of the amazing love that they give us. To say that Dogs are magical amazing creatures is putting it mildly. All I can say is I hope I See my baby Dog in Heaven soon :(
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4 years 5 months ago
the rock was my best friend-we shared a special bond-i trained him in akc obedience -he finished his akc obedience cd in 3 shows- my memories of rocky help me to establish BOBLYNN BOXERS in 1997-he knew the difference between what collar he wore-for what i wanted him to do-he was an amazeing family dog -very loyal-very protective--he kept my gram company during the day while we were all at work-but i was his "MOMMY" -oh yeah you have something special like that-you dont forget
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4 years 6 months ago

I had gone through a similar situation. I had to have my pet Cocker Spaniel put to sleep. Lady was only ten years old. She had cancer in the splene. I felt like her life was cheated and my heart very broken. I went to a breeder and had got another dog, not because as a replacement but for there is no dog that could ever replace Lady. I had got another dog to help me through the lose, and she did. I am now a breeder of shelties I raise, breed, and show my dogs. I just adore the breed I do have one champion. I own 21 and I do have some for sale. I made a promise since Lady died I would do my very best to feed all my dogs good food. My Champion is on my website she is thirteen years old and very active. I buried Lady but when I moved I took her head stone with me, so I can never loss the great memories we shared. She will always be locked in my heart. Since then I have lost some great dogs at younger ages and that is even harder. By the grace of God he helps me cope with all my losses.
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4 years 6 months ago
Why did God/Nature make Dogs such an amazing thing, why did Nature have us fall in such total love with them and then give them such short lives :(
My baby Dog was just so sweet, he was my best friend.
Makes me cry as I write this :(
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4 years 6 months ago

Sorry about your doggy.

Pain is an inevitable consequence of loving and caring. It's part of the grieving process of loss. Grief, mourning, bereavement are all natural healing processes that will end, like all wounds, with time.

Some people find comfort in reading about the natural stages of grief. It will help normalize your feelings and reactions. Another helpful tool is to talk about your loss with others who are or have gone through this. The internet is great for finding virtual groups very specific to your situation. Do a search for something like 'support for dog loss' and see how much help there is for you.

In addition to reducing pain, you can embrace it and rename it. When you feel it, remember that it is a sign of how much you loved your dog and then start thinking about what you loved about him if you'd like.

Remember, no matter what if anything you do, the pain will lessen with time.
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4 years 6 months ago
Thanks.
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4 years 6 months ago

Hello:
Your question is coincidently very appropriate to me. A few days ago, we had to put down our beloved English setter, Duffy. He also had been losing the ability to utilize his hind legs properly. God Bless my sweet wife, who during the past several months had been handfeeding him each night as he could not stand up for more than 15 or 20 seconds either to eat or drink. To see this formerly magificent canine deteriorate finally caused us to realize it would be far kinder for us, and better for him, to "pull the plug" and send him off to Rainbow Bridge, where, once again, he could regain his youthful energy and vigor, running an playing with so many other special dogs.
That thought has helped relieve our pain at losing him, though the anguish still remains, and doubtless will for some time. Dwelling on all the good memories we recall provides a solid base to slowly erase our sorrow. Try this tonic yourself, it will help you through. Cremating your Baby dog and saving his ashes.
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4 years 6 months ago
Thanks for your thought. It is so hard for me to accept that he is Gone :(
The only thing that calms me a little is the same exact thought that you expressed, which is knowing that he could not even move a few inches at the end had him in such agony that put him to sleep for ever was a better choice for him. Still the pain of loosing my baby Dog is just so much :(
I 2 hope that our baby Dog is now running around in heaven having passed the Rainbow Bridge :(
I love him so much :(
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4 years 6 months ago
Hi:
Glad I was able to bring you some degree of solace. Maybe your Baby dog is running around with my DUFFY RIGHT NOW.
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4 years 6 months ago
Yes. I hope so. I whish that thought would make it easier.
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