There is something about dogs that makes them really special to us. Having a dog is one of the most beautiful things in life. But, when you have to say goodbye to your fellow companion, the feelings are not that good. Actually, the feelings are devastating.
When your dog gets sick, and the situation is serious, you become aware that it may leave you. And, looking at its eyes just a moment before your beloved pet passes away is heartbreaking.
Sometimes, people who do not own a dog, and when they see others mourning over the loss of a precious pet, they think it is an overreaction. They may even say something like “come one, it is just a dog.” But polite people would never say this aloud.
If you own a dog, you know that it is never “just a dog,” it is much more than that. Here is a stanza by Rudyard Kipling that captures this sentiment:
When the fourteen years which Nature permits Are closing in asthma, or a tumour, or fits, And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs To lethal chambers or loaded guns, Then you will find – it’s your own affair – But … you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.
There are many times in which people grieve over the loss of a pet than over a loss of a relative or a friend. According to research, loss of a dog is almost the same as the loss of a beloved human being.
Sadly, in our culture, there is not anything like a grief ritual or something else that may help us get through the loss of our beloved pet. And, this makes us feel a little bit embarrassed to show a lot of grief over a loss of a dog.