A common aspect of owning a dog—a part many rarely discuss—is the loss of a pet. It is inevitable, and the grief you will face is unavoidable, as you will most likely outlive your dog.
Recently, one of Miss Muddy Paws’ dear friends lost her best friend, a Basset Hound named
Everyone grieves differently. If you are facing a loss of a pet you might find many of your friends simply cannot grasp how painful it is to lose a pet, but only you can truly know the strength of the bond felt between owner and animal. I remember when I lost my beloved horse, Charlie, I cried almost non-stop for a week. I did not know it was possible to cry so much you ran out of tears and found yourself gasping for air. When my beloved mutt Sweetie went to the Rainbow Bridge my senior year of college I found myself running into a hayfield and crying into Milly’s fur for hours. Each time many people looked at me as though I was crazy, and I wish I had kept in mind then that “no one else has the right to judge your sorrow,” as no one else knows what exactly you are feeling.
“Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.” -John Galsworthy
“If there is a heaven, it's certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.” –Pam Brown
This post is dedicated to all the animals that left paw prints on our hearts when they left our lives.