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I lost my best friend.

  1. klidstone1970 profile image59
    klidstone1970posted 6 years ago

    Today its been 2 years that I have lost my 5 year old yellow Lab to lymphoma.  It was a terrible time in my family.  We now have a 7 month old black Lab who is an absolute spitfire.  It doesn't take away the grief but it sure makes it alot more bearable.

    1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image93
      mistyhorizon2003posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I hubbed about these losses using my own experience in,  'My Beloved Dog died Yesterday'. You never forget them or stop loving them, and I still cry for our 'Lady' now, (as well as other pets I have lost before and since). They are truly family, and often a whole load more loyal than our human families! I am so sorry you have been through the same pain.

    2. AEvans profile image77
      AEvansposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      We lost our Cocker On August 30,2010 9 days after my mom. He is dearly missed. I am so glad that you are able to find joy in another beautiful baby. You are right they cannot be replaced, but it does fill the hole in the heart. smile

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      JaxsonRaineposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I know it's not easy. We had to find a new home for our rottie. We rescued him from a shelter, had him for 2 wonderful years, and my wife suddenly developed a horrible allergy to him. Nothing helped and it was getting serious enough that she had a hard time breathing.

      You'll see your lab on the other side of the rainbow bridge again smile

    4. kyi123 profile image56
      kyi123posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I lost my dog on monday jan 21 i didnt have her very long she was only a year old n i still takeing it hard she was my whole world i treat that dog if she was my kids n i still miss her im waiting for a year or so til i get another dog

      1. klidstone1970 profile image59
        klidstone1970posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I'm so sorry for your loss.  It does get somewhat easier to think about your pet and remember the good times that you have shared with them.  And that's what will help you get through it.  Best wishes to you.

  2. Cara.R profile image76
    Cara.Rposted 6 years ago

    I lost my dog four months ago due to Lyme Disease. I still can't believe he is gone. I still have his doggy hammock in the back seat of my car. I just can't take it out yet. I hope some day the loss of your beloved pet will turn into great memories where the pain is just a little less.

  3. daisynicolas profile image80
    daisynicolasposted 6 years ago

    My condolence to your sorrow.  Your dog left this world loved and cared for and death is a passage we cannot stop.  Your new black lab needs you NOW.  Let him live with the same love and care you showered to your lost friend.

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    klarawieckposted 6 years ago

    I know what you mean. I lost my ten year old lab seven years ago and I still miss her. My other dog (an eski) became very spoiled after my lab's death because she missed her friend and needed constant attention. Now my eskie is eleven years old and we rush to emergency whenever she sniffs funny. We want to make sure she lives long and healthy but it's scary. I love animals but they just don't live long enough. sad

  5. AliciaC profile image99
    AliciaCposted 6 years ago

    I sympathize with your loss very much. I lost my golden retriever to lymphoma four years ago. I still think about him a lot, even though like you I have a black lab now. I agree with your last statement - the grief from losing a pet doesn’t go away, but is made more bearable by the presence of a new pet.

  6. klidstone1970 profile image59
    klidstone1970posted 6 years ago

    Thank you all so much for such heartfelt words.  They mean alot.

  7. GmaGoldie profile image78
    GmaGoldieposted 6 years ago

    My world has been turned upside down many a time in my life. I met a man who had no close person die in his life and he was my age.

    I have lost family, parents, a husband and I remember them all each and every day.

    Yet, losing my dogs - three times in my lifetime remains a terrible pain.

    I understand fully. Dogs are furry angels that show what we could be as humans at our very best.

  8. Sinea Pies profile image76
    Sinea Piesposted 6 years ago

    Our first love was a yellow lab named Blondie. She was diabetic, went blind from it (and we got her eye-surgery, which worked) and she was the sweetest little girl ever. She died 6 years ago and even though we have two wonderful labs, now...oneof whom looks just like Blondie...we still miss Blondie a lot.

  9. leahlefler profile image98
    leahleflerposted 6 years ago

    Oh, it is heartbreaking when a dog dies - especially when they are so young. My heart goes out to you, klidstone!

    I lost our pet dog when I was in college (a miniature schnauzer named Telly). Now that I'm married with a family of my own, we got our first dog last year - a gorgeous Golden Retriever. We absolutely adore him and I can't even think of him not being in our lives..dogs are really part of the family!

  10. MissDoolittle profile image63
    MissDoolittleposted 6 years ago

    I totally feel and understand your pain. We had a Irish Red Setter who had just turned 6 and he died in 2009 due to Leukemia. We did everything together and he left a gaping hole in my heart for a couple of years. This November that's just gone was 3 years, and even though I still get upset about it, I have learnt that you have to move on, but never forget.

    We got our new dog Irish Red and White Setter in September 2010. It was difficult at first, but I'm glad he isn't exactly the same, as that would be upsetting.

    Dogs can be our best friends, and so it's only natural that when we lose them we grieve how we do.

    Sending love and peace your way,

  11. Rosie2010 profile image75
    Rosie2010posted 6 years ago

    I'm sorry to hear that your yellow lab died of cancer at 5 years of age, but glad to hear that you got a new puppy. 

    My Jack Russell Jay died of old age three years ago.  I was devastated and took me three years before I could adopt another.  The pain of losing my husband and then my dog, was just unbearable. 

    I recently adopted a four-year old mix spaniel, and we get along famously.. like we have been in each other's life since the beginning of time. lol  I say, we are both very happy, and so lucky, to have found each other.

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    Emily Sparksposted 6 years ago

    I know it can be hard to lose an animal you love.  I had the unpleasant experience of finding both my dog and my cat dead.  I  cried for both, and when I think of how great my dog (Ruby--American Bulldog) and cute my cat (Mango--white and orange)were, and still feel a bit sad.  Sorry to hear this about your dog!

    1. klidstone1970 profile image59
      klidstone1970posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Emily for reaching out.  I feel dreadful for you for losing both your animals.  They are a member of the family and will be remembered with love.  I worked in a veterinary hospital and saw the sad reality of an animal's death many times, but it is something that you can never get use to.

  13. seanorjohn profile image80
    seanorjohnposted 5 years ago

    So sorry for your sad loss Klidstone. Hope you have some good photos to renind you of your best friend. It can help to talk about the adventures you both got up to. A couple of years ago A beautiful collie I looked after at weekends and the summer holidays died. I still think of her almost daily.

    1. klidstone1970 profile image59
      klidstone1970posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I had some amazing pictures of him that we now can smile and laugh about.  I, too, think about him still on a daily basis, only now it brings a smile to my face.  My kids miss him dearly, and seem to appreciate the time they spend with our new dog since they had to learn such a painful lesson of losing something they loved so unexpectedly.  Thank you for your kind words.  They meant alot.

  14. DrMark1961 profile image98
    DrMark1961posted 5 years ago

    I lost my last Pit Bull in 2011 from mesothelioma. He was a rescue and had been kept in an asbestos roofing dumping area for many years. Even though I replaced him and now have the greatest dog in the world, it still hurts, so I know that 2 years is nothing.
    I am glad to hear you have your little 7 month old spitfire. Dogs just do not live long enough.

    1. klidstone1970 profile image59
      klidstone1970posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What a sad way to lose your pet.  It's amazing how quickly one becomes a family member, and a loyal companion for that matter and how fast time goes by when they're with us.  Your right.  They do not live long enough and when they're gone, it's difficult to fill the void.  Our new guy is doing great and has helped tremendously in bringing our house back to life.

  15. lorlie6 profile image83
    lorlie6posted 5 years ago

    Ahh, klidstone.  As many posters have related, the loss of a dear pet is as difficult as losing a human.  A year ago I had to have 3 animals (2 dogs and 1 cat) 'put down'.  They were all elderly and having difficulty getting around and even eating became a chore for them.  I'll never get over the losses.
    Peace to you and your new baby!

    1. klidstone1970 profile image59
      klidstone1970posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you lorlie6 for wishing us well.  It is a heartbreaking subject to talk about and to go through.  We also had to put down our elderly cat a year after losing our dog.  I use to work in a veterinarian clinic and let me tell you, euthanasia is something that one never gets use to.  The old adage of time healing wounds holds true to an extent but the hole in our heart is always there.  Best wishes to you.

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    maryeasonposted 5 years ago

    I have always become so attached to my pets that it is definitely heartbreaking when you lost one. They have all been family members, spoiled rotten, and wonderful!  I remember the loss of each one. (trust me, at 60 years "young" I've lost several.

    1. klidstone1970 profile image59
      klidstone1970posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It's amazing who they all touch our lives and how their memories live on..even after many years.  Thank you for sharing.

  17. Maria Cecilia profile image76
    Maria Ceciliaposted 5 years ago

    I have a heart to fellow dog lovers who really grief when their beloved dogs passed away.... there is no getting over or getting used to the situation..... as long as we never stop getting dogs and loving them, the pain of separation with them will never end... I have a 12 year old local Philippine dog and I wrote an article about senior dogs like him, it was published by an animal magazine in our country, and at the last part of it was a prayer which I wish to share with dog owners who love their dogs  so much

    [b] Dear Lord Thank so much for giving us our Angels in disguise, we love them so much that we pray that you give them a longer life, free from pain and hardship.  In case you already call upon them to cross the rainbow bridge, please just call them without hurting them; let them leave peacefully in their sleep, that natural... that light.... May you always lead us (their humans) in making the right decision for them, and may you grant us the serenity to accept it when they need to leave us for your Kingdom to play with you at last….[b/]

    1. klidstone1970 profile image59
      klidstone1970posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What a beautiful prayer.  It is something that I will truly cherish.

  18. Silva Hayes profile image90
    Silva Hayesposted 5 years ago

    I am sorry for your loss, Klidstone . . . only Time will dull the loss but it will never go away.  We have lost pets in the past and I think of them still.  We now have a little Maltipoo named Daisy, and she is the heart of the house.  She is only three, innocent and playful, truly a little angel, and I can't even imagine dealing with the loss of little Daisy.  I hope that's a good long time away.  Just know that your dog was fortunate that, during his or her time here on Earth, he or she had you.

    1. klidstone1970 profile image59
      klidstone1970posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You brought a tear to my eye...kind words from a kind person.  Thank you.

  19. timorous profile image85
    timorousposted 5 years ago

    Gosh klidstone, I know exactly what you mean. However, as I wrote in my hub about my German shepherd buddy, Pran..much as the hurt remains, you must let the past go. Just remember the love, and the good times you shared..not the loss. I have lots of pictures of Pran, and yes, it is comforting to see him, but not to the point of crying. Sorry you had to go through this, but you'll be fine and so is your beloved yellow lab, wherever and whatever he is now.

    1. klidstone1970 profile image59
      klidstone1970posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much.  I do remember him fondly and with love.