I’m so sorry. I’m dealing with the declining healthy of my 12 year old beagle right now and I just can’t fathom how much it will hurt when he passes. Take comfort in knowing you loved Lottie and she loved you and you gave her a wonderful life.
The only bad thing about dogs is their time on this planet just isn’t long enough. <3
Oh man. I’m late to see this thread, but I’m so sorry @TheLadyE! I know how much you loved Lottie. My dog is only two so I haven’t dealt with the loss of a pet, and can only imagine how hard it is. (I have legit cried at the mere thought of my dog’s death, even though he’s still young and, for now, in good health.) I’m glad your boyfriend was there to be with you and provide you comfort when it happened.
You may consider volunteering at a shelter or rescue while you grieve and heal. I personally love being around animals and think it’s a nice way to get and give love and affection when you’re not in a place to care for one full-time.
Losing a pet is heartbreaking. I lost my “Velcro”dog that I had from 3 mos- 13 yrs. he was very sick and I took care of him during the last months, carrying him down to potty, to water, etc, until the day he couldn’t breathe and was suffering. He was in my life every single day. He added love, joy, laughter.
The feeling of missing your little one will never go away, but it will lessen in time to where you can think of all the cute and funny things they did and laugh. I didn’t want to adopt again but heard of a little one in a hoarding situation that needed love. My friend said you loved him so much and he knew that, isn’t the best way to honor that love to save one more?
I have his ashes, collar & fav toy that I see every day and that helps.