The misery of losing an older dog

Dogs are said to be man’s best friend. They are one of the most loved animals that are commonly seen at homes or as someone’s companion in doing daily activities. Dogs are also known to be playful and easy-to-be-loved creatures. Humans tend to attach themselves to their pets that they forget the fact that animals, especially dogs also die and leave this world. A dog that grows and outlives a decade of viability becomes a target of great loss when that dog eventually dies. The owner may develop separation anxiety or may even go through a sort of depression before he can totally let go of the misery.

Losing an older dog is much harder than losing a new one. This is because older dogs have become the source of a person or a family’s happiness. An older dog already knows the kind of home he is into, the type of family that he serves and the personality of his owners. Also, the older dog is more submissive and yields to his owners genuinely. The dog also becomes an object of the person’s comfort and compassion. Anywhere that the person goes, the dog is also with him. When hustle and bustle situation gets into the person’s life, the dog is also involved in the fear that the person is experiencing. When joy takes place, the dog also rejoices with him by playing and goofing around, waggling his tail back and forth. An older dog is no more an ordinary pet to the family or to a person; he is more likely a member of the family or of that person’s life. This is the reason why dogs are said to be man’s best friend.

I, among all the rest of dog owners, have experienced losing an older dog. She was the first dog that we had in our family. She was really loved and well taken care of during her entire 13 years. We never let her feel that she was only a pet, rather, we gave her more than enough of the love that we could show her. In return, she loved us back with all that she can. She protected us and our home with all her might and boldness; she was there during the time when our house was almost ransacked by burglars. If it weren’t for her barking noise and alarm, our furniture, home appliances, and even our lives could have been stolen away from us. Because of this, we became more grateful and indebted to her. She grew up under our shelter and care. However, just like any other living thing, she came to the point of becoming weak and sickly. We did all our best to give her the medicines and feed her with the food that her body needs. We were there for her during the times when she can barely walk and stand on her own foot. It broke our hearts to see her on that situation, gasping and fighting to stay with us. Then one day, we saw her in the bathroom with no more life. We all cried and grieved for her loss. She was a hero to us; a hero we will surely never forget.

Certainly, many dog owners can relate to my personal story. Perhaps they also have their own stories and experiences to share to the world. There is no other animal that can replace the dog as man’s best friend. Yes, owing and cuddling a new pup is a very joyful feeling. Welcoming another new pet into our lives is like starting a new beginning with this creature. Yet, losing an older dog hurts just like losing a valuable keepsake in one’s life. The memories and moments shared together keeps lingering on an owner’s mind. The family or the person just have to remember always the older dog they once had. Losing an older dog is painful, and that is something unforgettable an owner can experience.

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