I lost my little 17 y.o. mini long-haired dachshund last month, and I miss her terribly. I know that this might spark some controversy, but I feel as though I lost my child. I've had a number of dogs and cats in the past, but this dog, in particular, didn't think of herself as a dog. In fact, close friends who knew her well, stated that she, herself, didn't think of herself as a dog. She acted more like a "little human.,"
It's almost a month now, and everyday, a tear or two rolls down my cheeks multiple times/day, involuntarily. All of my FB friends posted their understanding of what a huge loss this was for me, and they have all expressed their condolences, but do they really know the attachment, the intense love I had for that dog?
Our pets do not live long enough, and it is an extremely difficult decision to euthanize them at the end stage of their life. Questions remain: was it the right thing to do; was it the right time for it to be done; did she suffer (she was crying during the process); could anything more be done to provide her life; would any of these tests/procedures actually prolong suffering?
As you can see by my Archive List, I took the month of January off from writing a Post. Truthfully, I was too distraught. I don't know if everyone understands the level of grief; after all, they're just an animal (sic).
But they're so much more. She was so much more. She was my one-in-a-million "dogter."