I couldn't stay in the room, so I had my dad do it. I have a feeling she knew. I didn't know that losing her would hurt so much, but life goes on. I came home, and broke down because all of her toys and my pillows that she used to pull down to sleep on were all in the same place. I'm told she went FAST. What's the recovery time for getting another dog?
So sorry for what you had to go through today...... hang in there...... when you are ready for a new puppy, you'll "know". It's not something that is set in stone... It's up to you and how you feel. Hang in there! Your baby knew you loved her and that is what's important!
Aw Pinky I'm sorry. I just lost my beloved donkey last Sunday and I know about the broken heart from losing a pet. I don't know if I will get another donkey, mostly I can't afford one right now, we are in a drought and hay is ridiculously expensive if you can find it...and no he didn't colic from lack of hay. Regardless of how expensive, he ALWAYS had what he needed. But as you said, life goes on... If you want another dog now, it is not a misloyalty to your dog's memory, you cannot replace a lost one, you can fill the hole somewhat with your new friend, and make new memories.
When B died, we were a total mess...I mean, 15 years of companionship. Anyway, we couldn't stand it, the house felt so empty, we adopted two more adult boxers within a week. You can't make it all better, but you can ease the pain. You'll know when the time is right. And yes, theydo go fast, and painless, you know she won't hurt ever again.
We lost Scout late May....We brought Baxter home in July. While we werent replacing him, we always had at least one dog and needed one badly. Hubby was against it, but the three kids and I out voted him. Now, here we are 1 year and 2 months later...with FOUR dogs! Very sorry for your loss. I do remember finding dog toys "around" and every time the crying would start all over again. It was heartbreaking for sure. Good luck.
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I truly understand your feelings. I have had to put several dogs down over the years and each time it hurts just as much, that is the down side of being a responsible pet owner. Recovery time is totally up to you and your family. Some wait a long time, some get a new pup right away, either is fine, it is what you are comfortable with and can handle, there is no set rule as to the length of time, just don't make any quick decisions that you may regret later, choose the right breed or mix for you. When we put Buddy down our family discussed getting a new pup but we decided to wait until Spring because of the potty training part but as time went by I could not wait that long, even though I have a loving and caring family I didn't feel like coming home and my family was wise and picked up on that and we had another discussion and started to look for another pup right away, that was about 2 months after putting Buddy down. We have not regretted that decision at all. I did a lot of reasearch on different breeds and knew what I felt was a good choice for our family and within 2 weeks of starting to look we saw an ad in the paper for Bichon Frise/Westie mix pup for sale, there were four males in the liter and my mom who was 85, my husband and myself went to see them and it took us 2 hours to decide, I am sure the lady was not happy with us taking that long but we wanted to make sure our choice was a good one and it has turned out to be one of best decisions we ever made. Cody is a sweetie and just a great dog. Good luck and you will be in prayers.
Thanks everyone for the help. We've decided to wait until around my birthday to get another puppy. We looked last night, and my mother fell in love with a boxer pup at one of our local pounds. We're not getting her, but at least we know our hearts are open to getting another boxer.
My heart goes out to you... truly no not an easy time! I waited five years before I went and bought another dog.
It took me that long because I just couldn't get over the guilt. Of getting another dog in place of her. Well I now have a 6 month old JRT pup. I now realize that I had nothing to be guilty of. My heart is big enough for the both of them!
Good luck to you when you do decide to go and get another puppy. :)
When I lost my first sheltie, I thought I would wait for a few months before I got another. After two weeks, I couldn't wait any longer. Bailey wasn't a replacement for Sandy - but he was a replacement for the void created by her loss.