The death of a dog can occur at any time and under very different circumstances, such as during a trip, for example. In any case, the loss of your fellow traveler is difficult and we will try here to help you cope, by mourning.
When you lose a dog, depending on how much attachment you have, it can be as bad as losing a loved one. The animal is part of the family and can be in your life for many years. So, quite logically, the same process of mourning begins, in seven stages.
First, there is the denial of the shock of death. You’re unable to realize what has just happened and you expect to see Medor land behind the door at all times. Your hearing can even play tricks and give you the impression, at the slightest sound, that it’s his claws that hit the floor. Then comes guilt. Often, you think that what happened is your fault, or that you have not benefited enough from your doggie. This phase is followed by anger, which can help move a little forward; itself leading you to bargaining, depression, rebuilding and finally, acceptance.
There is no rule of mourning. We are all different and these phases can last more or less long, you have to give yourself time to digest this loss. Sometimes we don’t dare to show our sorrow, lest the people around us do not understand it. In this case, surround yourself with support, people who listen to you and who will understand what you are going through without passing judgment. After all, we each have a relationship with our animals that is our own and your grief should not be a source of mockery or reprimand.
If you feel the need, do not hesitate to organize a funeral for your dog, or to write him a poem. It could help you accept his departure and pay him a last tribute.
With the kids
If you have children, take the time to explain what happened to their pet. Above all, do not lie to them, it might make them feel betrayed. It is important to answer their questions as honestly as possible and with age-appropriate terms, but also to let them express their grief. You can also express your feelings, it can be a way to relieve you, while helping them overcome the death of their dog.
When to adopt another dog?
It’s a delicate question because very personal. Some people prefer to have another animal in their home soon after the departure of their previous dog, while others need more time.
In general, if you’re sure to adopt another canine and the one who shares your life is aging, you can very well – if you have the space and the sufficient means – adopt a puppy while your dog is still in life. This will allow you to make a smooth “transition”, while bringing company to your old friend and a little socialization to the youngest.
However, accidents happen sometimes and don’t allow you to anticipate the death of your dog. In this case, do not rush things. A living being should never be a dressing for you, an adoption is always thought carefully and better to have fully mourned your previous dog, to approach a new relationship serenely.