It's a known fact that grief over the loss of a pet can be just as deep as a loss of a person. That's why some people become so despondant because others don't understand feeling such loss over an animal. It's a very sad situation.
Just curious, when did the ages of 63 and 67 become known as elderly? That will be me in a few years. Now I'm depressed.
When my Scarlet Macaw died, I cried and was depressed forever it seemed. I even thought of changing my church, cause when I explained to Pastor why I missed services the day "My Baby" died; when I was done and he realized it was my bird; he said "Oh, it was just an animal you were talking about". To contemplate suicide, no way. I still had family and other pets. I held out a couple of weeks and then went and got a new bird (not a Scarlet Macaw).
As for the age issue, I am 61 and my wife reminds me that I am no kid whenever I listen to an old 50's R&R song????
Its tragic about the loss of their little pet and to take their own lives - how sad, but why judge them more? They have already suffered. I am 50 and to me that sounds elderly - sorry - it just sounds old to me. I hope I make to the sixties though - looking forward to it. gb
No one will ever convince me that 60 is old! Sorry glo. Stan, ROCK ON. We have an "oldies" station here and usually have it on especially when we are outside in the spring and summer. Amazing how many 'kids' say that sounds good what is it?
Seger's, That old Rock and Roll for me, (ie) and the Doo wop sounds. Everly brother, Anka, etc. Also Luciano Pavoratti and Elvis, operettas, we have very eclectic tastes = )
Maybe if that couple in India had people like this forum, and a place to express themselves they wouldn't have felt so alone and would still be living.
I don't think any here were judgeing. I know I wasn't, just saying that suicide isn't an option for me.
I sure will Rock on. I also have diverse tastes. It really doesn't stop at the 50's. Love Seeger, Black Oak, Zepplin, etc. Always loved Janis. Also like Beethoven, among others. Love New Orleans Jazz (born in N.O. BTW), Zeideco (am also pt Cajun), Big Band, but Doo Wop is my favorite.
As for the age, some days I feel old, but it always passes.
I had a boss tell me to 'get over it' when I kept having crying spells the first week my pony died. Horses live a lot longer than dogs. I had watched that pony be born when I was in kindergarten and I named her, cared for her, trained her and loved her for over 20 years. She didn't have a good death and it was upsetting.
Some times, unless people have pets, they just don't get it.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)
I was hesitant to keep our new dog because I know how much it hurts to loose a pet. Having a dog just warms up the whole house! You form this bond, their like family and to have something happen to them is hurtful but it's not worth loosing yourself over it! I have wonderful children to live for!
I can so understand total depression after losing a dog, it is devestating as they are family too. I've actually never lost a dog of my own, but I have lost a few fosters...and it is just as hard because I get incredibly attached!!! :)
He's your friend,your partner,your defender,your dog.You're his life,his love,his leader. He will be faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion
When my cat Doodles died I cried in bed for three days. I missed three days of work. This was a cat that I had from fifth grade till I was nineteen. We had been thru his lung collapsing(7weeks old), cat fight wounds, cars, dog fights, he ran away for two weeks once too. I thought he was invincible. Then we thought at first he was hit by a car, then found out it was antifreeze poisoning. Then it hit me, there is no way out of antifreeze poisoning. He could have survived being hit by a car. The vet had told us that he was a strong kitty, and that he was trying. But when the tests came back, there was no more hope. Saying goodbye before we put him to sleep was hard, giving him to the tech was hard, leaving was hard, empty home was hard, but the point where I realized that my pet was going to die and there is nothing I can do about it was the hardest thing ever.
So, I understand what these people felt, but I don't understand them killing themselves. There has to be something else involved, their pets death could have what finalized it, but IMO, there is much more to the story.