The only thing to go off of is how it feels. If the thought of getting another pet evokes some comfort and hope, do it. If the thought brings up negative emotions like guilt and fear, you're not ready. If you want to be ready sooner, consider modifying your perspective. Having loved multiple animals throughout my life, I would like to share a little wisdom... Think of not only what a new pet can do for you, but what you can do for it. There are so many fur-munchkins out there who would benefit from your loving home. I agree with Susie. Life is short, precious, and there are many animals to love. This does not in anyway suggest that you move on to the next without a second thought. You will always cherish that special and unique relationship that can never be duplicated. But please realize that NOT getting another pet will not bring back your deceased one or help your deceased pet in any way. In fact, I feel their souls take great pleasure in seeing us love another, and they are in a sense experiencing the new pet with us. I believe that life is about turning pain into beauty whenever possible. I also understand that we each deal with grief uniquely. But I speak for myself and many others in saying that getting another pet
absolutely helps. My strong suggestion to anyone who plans on doing this is do what I did and create a journal beforehand, listing all sentimental memories, nicknames, phrases, etc. relating to the one you lost. It is incredibly comforting to know that these memories are accessible to me any time I need comfort, want to reminisce, or want confirmation of a memory. Since our memories fade, especially when we bring another pet into the mix, the journal has been so helpful in preserving my memories of him. Not to mention, what better way to truly honor them than this?
Love is eternal & 'death' cannot sever the bond we created. The spirit never dies. The Love, bond, & spirit are ours to cherish always. That is a gift that will never be taken away~