Hi Mia's Mom,
I am so very sorry for your loss - I also lost my puppy recently. On March 28th, my 8 month old Great Dane puppy, Duncan, had a heart attack while laying down for a nap on the couch. I was in the other room, heard a horrible howl and ran to him but he was gone, instantly. I tried compressions and screaming, nothing brought him back to me. It's a different kind of loss that we are going through. I lost my 9 year old Newfie less than a year ago and this loss of Duncan is so much harder. I think our brains know that time is coming to and end when our animals are older. But a sudden loss, at such a young age, our brains don't know what to do with it. We are not just grieving the loss of our pet, we are grieving the time we "assumed" we were going to have as well. The future we were planning on. All that disappeared in a second and our brains and our hearts are just stunned. I walked around for at least a week in what felt like a nightmare. I could care less about eating, working, anything - I just wanted to wake up from the damn nightmare! And one day, it dawned on me that it wasn't a nightmare - it was my new reality and I had no choice but to move forward without my Duncan. It's a slow move, for sure... I still cry every day. Just not all day which is an improvement. I've made him a photo collage for the wall - with his Rules for a Happy Life (things he used to do so we would never, ever forget them). He is upstairs on my bookshelf with my Newfie and I do say goodnight each night to both of them. I took the lesson from this to be more grateful, never assume anyone has a tomorrow and be more mindful each day. Nobody is ever promised a tomorrow and well, the lesson SUCKS but hopefully we can move forward as a more mindful person. When you're ready, Mia will show you to a new friend. She wouldn't want you to suffer too long but she'll know when the moment is right. Just listen...
* Duncan the Dane - taken WAY too soon (7/27/17 - 3/28/18) * Missing Dudley the Newf (3/13/08 - 6/12/17)