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When a friend loses a friend | January 11, 2008

Last night we learned that our friend’s super-sweet pit bull “Bo” passed away.  Losing a pet is one of the hardest things we have ever had to deal with, and while nothing anyone can say makes the pain go away, little things can go a long way in helping to comfort a hurting heart. 

When thinking back to the loss of our cat Link, there are several things we learned about the grief process that we try to remember when talking to someone who just had to say goodbye to their best friend.  First, it’s ok to ask about them how they are feeling.  You aren’t reminding them of the loss – it’s already on their mind, and it is nice to know that someone cares enough about you and your pet to ask. 

Second, remember that even if you have lost a pet before, your friend probably doesn’t want to hear that you “know how they feel.”  Everyone’s grief is different.  

Third, let your friend know how lucky their pet was to have them as a companion and caretaker.  If the animal endured a long period of illness, know that their parent was with them every step of the way.  They will appreciate the acknowledgement that, even though their pet didn’t make it, they did everything they could. 

 When our friend told us about Bo, we went to the ASPCA‘s website and made a Memorial donation in his honor.  The Humane Society offers a similar service, as do many animal sanctuaries around the nation. 

We wish we had a picture of Bo to post so you all could see what a great dog he was.  As we remember Bo, it’s hard not to think of Link.  So here is our favorite picture of Link with his little brother Wally.  We all miss him more than words on a web page can express. 

Link and Wally

Link and Wally

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  1. […] We remembered a friend. […]

    Pingback by January in Review « Daily Walrus - Helping People Help Animals — February 1, 2008 @ 12:07 am


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Hello - we are Jenny and Ryan, a couple living in Brooklyn, New York. We are both busy with school and work but try to take time to do something every day to make the world a better place for animals. Occasionally we may link to outside websites for additional resources, but we do not necessarily endorse all policies of these organizations. Despite the title of our blog, the focus is not only on walruses. So what's with the title? We named this blog after our cat, Wally, aka The Walrus. We are the proud parents of two cats (Wally and Tito) and one dog (Luigi).

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