Losing man’s best friend is rough
I don’t mean to start the week off on a sad note – but a very popular and well known dog over at the Elysian Park Dog Run, “Humphrey,” passed away this weekend. He was 13 years old.
Owner Howard and his companion were staples at the dog run, and many dog park regulars were distraught at the news that Humphrey finally succumbed to his incurable illness (I forget the name exactly) – but he had lost a tremendous amount of weight in a short period of time.
My condolences to Howard. We will always have great memories of Humphrey in our minds!
(Photo taken on the afternoon of Friday, April 24, 2009)
What to do when you lose your dog?
Dogs, without a doubt, are the most loyal companions a man can have. Whether you’re in a bad mood, experienced a rough day, feeling sick, or generally frustrated with something – your sweet pup lightens your spirit – and is always happy to see you.
Losing your dog has to be one of the toughest things out there. The unconditional love, companionship and fun, playful times are hard to let go of.
Many people I’ve spoken with (now and in the past), usually say “there’s no way we can ever get another…” but usually end up remaining active in the world of dogs in one shape or form. Some become volunteers for various shelters (Like the Liberty Humane Society), others call pet loss hotlines, and most usually bring another canine in their life at some point.
But like any period of grieving – time usually heals most wounds. From what I heard, Howard will still continue visiting the Dog Run to socialize with his friends and acquaintances. He even brought donuts and coffee to the park – along with Humphey’s toys to donate to other dog owners.
However long it takes – he will surely have support from his peers.
Have you ever lost a dog in your life? What did you do to manage the grieving process?