Tara, our 12 year ols lab died this morning. She had been ill with a lung infection for the past week. She had been on antibotics and steroids for the last 10 days.
Last night she would not get up from her blanket outside and I had to carry her inside. No mean feat as she weighed about 34 kilos. This morning she would not eat her food, went outside for a wee, came back in, lay down and sadly died.
I still miss our yellow lab who died 30 odd years ago and we never replaced - she was an exceptional dog. I still have fond memories of her in her basket with our (then) young son who used to curl up with her in her basket and read to her - she never seems to get get bored or doze off…
We’ve no pets of our own, but seem to have been adopted by many dogs/cats in our village… and the wrench/heartache when one of them dies… hits us just as hard as their own family…
So, I can imagine, just a little… the sadness you feel.
As others have said… the fact that she died peacefully and in her own home… well, that is something positive to hang on to.
I hope your sadness and sorrow eases over time and you can begin to enjoy all the good memories of your years together.
When, Issa my wife’s third maltese, died we planted a tree in the garden at one of her favourite spots with a little memorial plaque. We also decided to get a very different breed of dog (miniature poodle) so that the newcomer wasn’t simply a replacement or substitute, but a new, fresh start.