Thank you, again. This has been so difficult. I have lost pets before but at good old ages. My lab made it to 17. That was difficult but nothing like this. The guilt is so awful. My other dog is so sad as well. She has been with us like glue since we lost our pepper girl. She has been sleeping more than normal. She looks for pepper. But today just broke my heart. I drove my car for the first time since her death and I came home and my other dog was beyond excited. I mean more than I have seen in a really long time. I got out and she jumped on her two paws and was smelling and looking for pepper in my car (the day before she died I had taken pepper on a special walk just her and I and I am positive my car still has her fresh smell). She was just so elated and wouldn’t leave the car alone. My husband and I had to pick her up and carry her away so I could close the car. My other dog doesn’t usually enjoy car rides so much. We usually have to convince her to hop in for a ride. So this excitement for the car was just so out of character. Broke our hearts. I’m not too sure what to do for her. We have had a couple of play dates the last couple days for her with some of her dog friends. She really enjoys them but once the house is quiet again she is sad. Any advice what to do for her?
On to you, pecan mom, illnesses is pets are extremely difficult. They are very good at hiding their symptoms. Some pets are much better than others. My lab never made a complaint. I came home one day and he had a screw in his paw. However, he made it seem so normal. He tried so hard to play it off. When I found it in his paws a few minutes later I was shocked to learn it was in his paw more than an inch deep. He hardly even walked different. He was a stoic guy. Pepper, on the other hand, yelped if she stepped on a pointy rock and wouldn’t walk on her foot again until she got a foot rub from one of us. So every pet is different. But they all seem to hide serious illnesses. Sometimes there is no way of knowing until it is too late. You cannot blame yourself for that at all. Your baby had a great life with you. Enjoy those wonderful memories.
thank you for the very kind words as well. You all have made me glad I have been able to talk about this here. I wasn’t sure about any of this at first so I want to thank you all.