The loss of a pet, especially a dog, cat or horse can be devastating. It is not something to be tossed to the side. It cannot be compared or lessened to the loss of a family member because pets are family. The loss of a dog especially can be very traumatic to a family. A dog plays a special role in the family’s life. In many ways, a dog from puppy to death is like having a child and losing him or her. The attachment and love is real and should not be mocked or ridiculed. Yet, people feel ashamed at times to express this love and pain for fear of ridicule.
It is important to not reduce the impact of a loss of a dog or pet. The article, “Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend” by Frank McAndrew states,
“Research has confirmed that for most people, the loss of a dog is, in almost every way, comparable to the loss of a human loved one.”
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