This is Rough

Every human alive has experienced loss and hardship. No loss is worse than any other because no two individuals are the same. It’s easy to say, “I can’t imagine what you’re going through right now.” That saying is an actual fact. No one can understand the tragedy and loss another person experiences. That doesn’t mean we can’t be empathetic.

I wrote yesterday about my dogs. For anyone thinking I might be taking this too seriously, know I’ve lost 3 of my 4 grandparents and have no living great-grandparents. That isn’t to say I’m better or worse than the next person, but I know loss.

The emergency surgery on one of my dogs was a success. But as a result of the incident he lost an eye. I’m overwhelmed with sadness. But we could not keep the dogs under the same roof any longer. This morning I surrendered the other dog to the county. They informed me that he will most certainly be euthanized. I cried right there as he was taken from me. Then for an hour driving home.

RIP Charlie. We had 2 great years. I only wish we could have had 10 more.

11 thoughts on “This is Rough

  1. I’ll admit, I used to be one of those folks that didn’t understand people who grieved a pet as much as a human. But, I’d never really had a consistent pet in my childhood, and when we did have pets our commitment to them was fleeting.

    Now, I’ve lost family members. I’m no stranger to grief. But now we have a dog of our own and I didn’t understand how much you could love an animal until we got Simon. You’re right, I can’t imagine what you’re going through.

    I’m so sorry, John.


    • Thanks. I’ve had a dog every day of my life. But they all loved full, happy lives. We knew they were entering their final days long before the final day arrived. So we were prepared. I’ve never had to give up a dog with so much life left. And I’ve never had a disabled dog. But I’ll be okay. I now have a source of inspiration for years to come. One would think a dog would experience a drastic change in behavior after what happened. But nope. He’s so outgoing and joyful all the time.

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      • You’re absolutely right. We don’t. I read somewhere a long time ago that dogs are just one of many things humans have in their lives. But to them we’re everything. Too often people don’t realize this. And it’s why shelters and animal control facilities are constantly overcrowded. People discard their animals like an old pair of shoes.

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  2. So sorry to hear of this double loss, John. I think it was Tolstoy who said that every family experiences sadness differently, but as a pet owner I do empathize with you in this terrible tragedy.

    I hope your injured dog recovers well. Animals are very adaptable and I’m sure he will be no exception to this.


    • Thanks, Susan. I’ve been watching Planet Earth 2. It’s finally made its way to America. I’m constantly amazed by animals. And my dog is no different. Aside from his physical injury, he doesn’t act any differently than before. It’s truly incredible. I’ll look to him for inspiration. Every single day. And I’ll cherish every minute I have with him.


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