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October 4, 2019

How Do You Get Over Losing Your Dog?

The death of a beloved dog wounds us each in a uniquely terrible way. We fear the day we’ll lose them, we are shattered the moment it happens, but what comes after? Three years after losing Eko, I finally have the perspective to appreciate all the moments his love still

The death of a beloved dog wounds us each in a uniquely terrible way. We fear the day we’ll lose them, we are shattered the moment it happens, but what comes after?

Three years after losing Eko, I finally have the perspective to appreciate all the moments his love still makes possible. There’s no getting over the pain, there’s just getting on with it – knowing the unimaginable hurt is the price we must pay for a love that will guide us for the rest of our lives.

Comments for How Do You Get Over Losing Your Dog?

  1. T&S says:

    Eko
    Quality of life is what matters…

  2. it’s amazing how strong we are… and that being happy is even possible after the darkest day…maybe love is the key to find a new way of life after?

  3. Loosing a dog is never easy! And I don’t think people understand until they do x

  4. ctaylor says:

    Thanks for reminding us to remember the happiness our pets that have gone shared with us. Another great video!

  5. OlRedHair says:

    Will, your blog is helping me so much getting through the loss of my beloved Golden Molly. You so beautifully expressed things I have felt, but have not been able to articulate. You are two years ahead of me in dealing with the loss, and your words of wisdom are such a comfort. I think of you guys so much when memories of Molly consume me. Thank you so much for your wisdom and beautiful insights.

  6. Kismet says:

    There’s no way to prevent losing a pup-their lifespans are shorter and we cannot even save ourselves from this fate. Getting a new pup is the best way to honor Eko. They’re all different but all good.

  7. RidgebackLife says:

    Great, crying my eyes out now. Eko set the standards for all Ridgebacks. Neeka and Khoi struggle on a daily basis to meet those expectations, but at the end of the day, when they’re curled up at my side, they’ve exceeded every one. I don’t even want to think about the time when they won’t be there, however, I know i will think about them every minute and know they left a permanent mark on my heart.

  8. coastingnz says:

    Thanks Will for your honesty and for sharing your loss of Echo – we all lost Echo when he passed. Our pups stay forever our pups and stay forever in our hearts.

  9. Well done, Eko! We still learn from you and your dad every day!

  10. Another beautifully written tribute for a very special dog.

  11. Nicole says:

    The timing of this is quite something. I lost my beloved 12 year old female ridgeback, Gryphon, quite suddenly just yesterday to hemangiosarcoma; there was no real warning except her advanced age. We have her 8 year old son Brutus. He very definitely knows she is gone and is clearly subdued; he’s never been without her. I feel lucky to have him because I need his love as much as he needs mine. I took him on a long off-leash walk today to distract him and tire him out (and me, too). When we got home I could see that his disappointment that she wasn’t in any of her favorite sleeping spots. It is amazing how much we love them and how much it hurts to lose them. Thank you for your posts. I’m always happy to see new ones.

  12. Losing a member is not something you get over, the hurt just becomes a part of who we are. After losing my beloved Lab 8 years ago I swore I would never get another dog, but 4 years ago we adopted Park and she quickly became a beloved family member, now that we have to face losing her much sooner than we expected from Lymphoma we are faced with the decision to not adopt again. I am trying to love every moment with her now, but it is hard with her death looming over us. The hurt we will experience will become a part of us too another layer of our lives.

  13. R. Brown says:

    Beautiful. Love your writing and videos. Thank you!!!!!!

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