Preparing to Lose a Pet
Posted on August 9th, 2018
Right now I’m currently dealing with the hardest part about having a pet. It’s the preparation that the end is near. I’ve had Louie since I was 11 years old. He’s been in my life for so many different stages. From transferring from the British to the American system, bullying, high school, boys, college, post-grad, heartbreaks, knee surgery, and now a potential career change, he’s been by my side through it all. Needless to say the idea of putting Louie down is extremely difficult.
I’ll write another blog post about dealing with putting him down when the time comes as I’m sure that ushers in a whole new set of emotions. In the meantime, below are some ways that have been helping me prepare to lose my dog:
Make sure they feel loved
The most important thing is that your pet feels loved. Make sure they are comfortable and that they know you are there for them. I am either always near Louie or constantly petting him to remind him he is not alone. Of course this isn’t realistic if you have a job so perhaps there is someone else in your family who can be with your pet when you can’t.
Have quality time with them
This one sort of goes off what I previously wrote, but it really is important to make the most of the time you have left. Louie’s favourite place is the beach so even though it means carrying him part of the way, it is totally worth it. I also just like having him near me while I watch TV so I can pet him and feel close to him.
Let Yourself Cry
Our society doesn’t tend to be one that promotes being vulnerable, but bottling up emotions only makes it worse. Let yourself feel whatever emotion arrises. It’s all a stage of the grief and very natural. Also talk to people who get it. Anyone who has had a dog knows how horrible the end is. It’s important to have a support system. To be honest the pain can be overwhelming so yoga and meditation really help to remind me it’s a part of life and Louie has had an amazing life.
Stay tuned for another blog post when the time comes to put Louie down. Like I said, I’m sure it will usher in a whole new wave of emotions and coping mechanisms.