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my dog passed away on friday aug 29

I am mourning the loss of my dog I need to know if anyone knows how to cope, I can't sleep can't eat and can't stop crying
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I had to put my Vishnu down on the 21st. I pretty much did nothing but cry the night before, on the way over, drive home, days later. I learned after losing Gaudi at a young age and unexpectedly to keep myself busy. I'm ok as long as I don't talk about him now. It's been a little over a week, but I'm staying busy. Giving extra to Duchess who was his buddy. I called my mother today and told her and started crying like a baby all over again, so if I don't talk I'm good. Otherwise, it's hard.

It was really hard with Gaudi since hers was sudden. Vishnu I knew was coming, knew I had to do it, and knew every minute would completely s*ck. But I also knew it was in his best interest. He was tired, very tired.

Ok, gotta stop now, water works are coming. If you need to pm me, feel free. We can commiserate. Sorry for your loss.

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I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my Rascal very suddenly on May 1 and still feel the pain. Just remember the good times and that your pup knew he was loved and give yourself the time to mourn. It helps to talk about the loss and shed the tears to release your sorrow. I needed to talk about him to realize that he was in suffering and in pain and needed to be let go.

You are in my thoughts, rest in peace dear pup (for no matter how old they are to me they are always my pup)

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Jerri-Lee was 12 and very sick with alot of tumors and really bad arthritis. I had an appt for saturday and before I could take her, her shoulder and arm swelled up pretty bad. My vet told me to bring her right in and said one of her tumors was had grown and was blocking an artery in her shoulder,he thought it was time. I can't accept the fact that it was my decision yet, and the guilt is numbing. I miss her so much, my heart is broken.
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i am so sorry. the only thing you can do is allow yourself to have the feelings you have and wait. you cannot stuff your feelings of grief down or ignore them. the larger the love the larger the grief. there are also therapists who deal specifically with the loss of our beloved pets. sometimes it helps to talk about your feelings, and a good therapist can move you through the grief stages more quickly than you can do it yourself sometimes. if that is not an option for you, there are also many compassionate people here, who have gone through similar losses, who will share their coping strategies with you. it seems to help alot of people to write what happened and a tribute to their dog's memory here. my husband and i feel that when we lose one it, "gives us the opportunity to know another", and perhaps when the loss is not quite so fresh, you can honor your dog's memory by saving the life of another, there are many in need. so much of this depends upon your personal situation and circumstances. take care, many blessings to you.

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ps...no guilt. despite the difficulty of your decision it sounds as though it was the right one. twelve years is long in the life of a german shepherd dog.

bless your soul dear girl, jerri-lee. rest in peace.

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Gonna try to rest now. Thanks to everyone. Will talk again soon.
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I lost my 13-year old Wooly Bear (husky) suddenly last January. I still cry - almost every day. Sometimes I think I see him cha-cha-ing around the house. It does get a little easier with each passing day, but no one - not even my Lady Jane, can fill the void in my heart that Wooly left.

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I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how much it hurts. It will get easier, but I know that at the moment it hurts more than anything. I was the same when my boy passed, I couldn't eat and I couldn't sleep and I made myself ill. My doctor recommended that I was sedated for a while. I know it seems a bit extreme, but it helped me relax for a bit at least.

I tried to distract myself most of the time really and had a really good cry which I feel was much better than keeping it all bottled up. Talking about it can help too! I also liked the idea of doing something to honor his memory, so I got started on making a photo album for him and I planted a tree in his memory too.

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imho, the loss of a pet, esp a dog is a lot like the loss of a human family member; our dogs are loved and very much family members; adjustment to death, including the decision to euthanize is a process involving anger, denial, disbelif, bargaining and finally acceptance; there is no easy way to go through it and each of us goes through this process in our own time; there is both progress and regression but in the end, we all come to accept the loss and its finality...albeit grudgingly

grieve, that's the best advice i can give; cry til there are no more tears; look back at photos and remember; feel the loss b/c it is a loss and a very significant one; time and the process will heal and you will move on;

i can remember every single dog i've had since my first one when i was 5 yo; i can name them and visualize each and every one; i celebrate their lives w/my memories and never forgot one; and i truly believe that they are always w/ us; every time i take in a new dog, i see something from another dog...a look, a stance, a behavior; and i remember that dog who's awaiting me at the bridge, in heaven, wherever your beliefs lie

please accept my condolences and well wishes

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