For me it's always fast. It hurts to lose a dog. The only thing that hurts worse (for me) is losing an immediate family member. I mean, mother, father sibling or child. Even extended family doesn't hurt as much. That said, every moment without a dog feels like a hole for me. There's so much love between a dog and it's owner/family. I prefer to find another dog to love as quickly as I can find a good match. I never rush it but I also don't purposefully wait. Nothing fills the hole entirely because every dog is unique and our relationships are special in their own ways. But there's only so much time in life and I want it filled with as much love as possible.I remember every single dog I've had in my life and I've loved them all just as much, but in different ways. You never replace them, you just find more love to give and receive and we always carry our past dogs with us.
Just never go on impulse. Whether you feel it's time soon or it takes a few years, finding the right dog to love is more important than just getting one. You'll know it's the right time and the right dog because there won't be a question and you won't feel bad or guilty. You'll feel right. It's different for everyone and no matter where you fall on things never feel bad about it.
Edit: And as others have said, never question your choices when it comes to their final days. All you can do is give them your love, care for them as much as you can and keep their quality of life as high as possible until they just don't enjoy it anymore. You're not doing them a disservice by letting them go. You gave the greatest kindness you could. And they always know, they always know we love them. And they generally will tell you when they're ready to go. Never question it when you make that choice for them. You're filling their last days with love and joy, and you're letting them rest peacefully when it's time to let them go. We should all be so lucky to feel that kind of love and have that type of peace at the end.
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Whelp Date: Feb 11, 2018
Correct bad behavior, don't redirect. Redirecting is rewarding, not resolving.
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