The Lose Of A Beloved Pet And The Toll It Takes

When You Lose A Furry Best Friend, A Part Of You Goes With Them

Losing your pet, the struggle that accompanies it, and how to cope with it.


We all know heartbreak, but the heartbreak that hurts worst of all is that which comes from the loss of your furry best friend. You forget that one day they won't be there to greet you at the door anymore. You won't feel that pit of excitement in your stomach and the eagerness to come home from college to cuddle your best friend.

You forget they leave. You have an incredible number of years with them, years of expressing your love and them expressing theirs. Why does the day have to come when the brightness in your chest and that pit of excitement in your stomach has to diminish? You know the day will come eventually, but not today, and not tomorrow. You suppress those thoughts until they slap you in the face.

And when you open your front door the only thing that greets you is cold air and deafening silence. You tell yourself it's for the best... because, "they were in pain," or "they lived a long and happy life," but none of it matters.

You take for granted their love, how soft their fur is, and how good it feels to embrace them after a long day. They know when you're upset and try their best to put a smile on your face. They get sad every time you leave the house, but they don't know how sad you are when they leave you.

It's so easy to dwell on the sadness of this loss, but there are some things that helped me to cope with it.

It's important to remember the times they made you laugh and helped you through a tough time. It is the only way to get past the grieving period. Don't fight the sadness, but know that you'll get through it. It feels like we didn't have enough time with them, but there is never enough time, which is why reflecting on the happy times is so major.

Healthy distractions are helpful when trying to recover from the loss of your four-legged family member. I began volunteering at an animal shelter, it felt good to help dogs and cats find a forever home and make them feel loved. I have also never lived in a house without any pets, so I needed the puppy love to help fill the void.

Every pet takes a piece of your heart, but there are millions of dogs that are in desperate need of love and help. Adopt your next dog or cat, because you're not only helping them, but they are helping you too.

Popular Right Now

5 Most Loyals Animals On Earth

How different animals can show loyalty.

Dogs, Cats, Birds, Fish, Snakes... There are 1000's of different types of animals in the world, some made for being pets and some take a great deal of effort to legally own. One thing almost every pet owner should be able to admit is that their pet helps their lives in some way. Animal loyalty between animal partners and even different species are examples of how trustworthy they are.

1. Dogs

Human beings don't deserve dogs, not at all. Dogs, when they are loved and respected have proven to do remarkable things like save babies from fires and sniffing out mines in war ridden countries. They stay extremely loyal and show how much they care and appreciate their owners, dogs will give you love the moment you come home from work everyday.

2. Cats

Cats can be considered one of the weirdest but most lovable species on planet earth, there has been ancient paintings depicting cats existence with humans for 1000's of years. The same look they have when they want love could be the same one they have when they want blood. But from the day they are kittens it's hard not to fall in love with the connection you get with some cats.

3. Wolves

Wolves are an amazing specie for several reasons. They are very loyal to their family and their packs, and either as a team or on their own wolves are a dangerous force. Wolves relationships can be considered better than that of humans because of their loyalty, once mated they tend to stay with that partner for life. When traveling in packs each wolf has its own duty to ensure the protection an well being of each member.

4. Bald Eagles

When you think of bald eagles you may think of the United States of America and the freedom it represents, but I also think of the beauty and strength the bird possesses. Bald eagles usually tend to keep their mating partners for life, they even build monstrous nests to show their fidelity.

5. Horses

The bond between horses cannot be measured in most cases. Horses are brilliant animals and look majestic, which is why humans are so interested in them. They can be used for a lot of different reasons like pulling plows, racing for sport, and transportation that is gas free. Horse ranchers usually take very good care of their animals with special food and exercise and social interactions with their kind. Horses have also been used in time of war for as long as it's existed, some have been know to lay flat and still against their nature to give people cover and protection.

Cover Image Credit: Clipzine

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

To Whoever Adopts The Dog I Had To Give Up

To whom it may concern...


I begged and begged to get that beautiful dog. The moment I laid my eyes on her I gasped from how cute and beautiful she was. She was so sweet to my parents and I that we took her home with us that same day. I truly fell in love with her instantly. She slept right in my bed with me that first night and I could tell I was getting attached very quickly. That is what makes this hurt the most.

Stevie, or whatever your name may be in the future, just know that I loved every single second spent with you. I know our time together was so short, but that small amount of time made a wonderful impact on me. Those big beautiful brown eyes warmed by heart so much. Even though you woke me up early to go to the bathroom, I didn't care. That just meant more time we could spend together. I am sorry that I was not able to provide you the life you deserved. It's not your fault that you're the way you are in certain situations. You are a perfect dog and I want you to know that and I want you to know that you will always have a special place in my heart.

The lucky person who gets to have that beautiful girl in their life, whoever you are I am so happy you're doing what you're doing. We had done everything we could manage, but our community was just not right for her. I hope wherever you are you have amazing neighbors like we did that are supportive of everything that happens. If you don't, that's okay because that means Stevie ended up at an even better place. Somewhere she can run around at without a leash and doesn't have other dogs interfering with her territory. I was devastated to let her go. I didn't want to, but it was becoming the only option. I cried a lot, but Stevie doesn't deserve to be in stressful situations like she was when I had her.

I just want to thank you for taking her in. Thank you for caring for her and hopefully giving her the amazing life that she deserves. She is a spunky little girl, but she is as sweet as can be. Tell her that I love her and miss her.

Related Content

Facebook Comments