I didn't expect this when I got a dog.
December 3, 2008 10:05 AM Subscribe
My dog is my best friend. She is getting older, and I worry. Will losing her wreck my (finally) happy life?
posted by Pennyblack to pets & animals (35 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
I have wonderful (grown) kids, lots of friends and a full fun life but this little dog (dachshund) has filled something in me I never knew was empty. She was slow and sneaky about it. We are together 24 hours a day and understand each other completely and communicate on a weird telepathic level. She has really helped me to lighten up and just enjoy life. She's getting older and I know I could lose her anytime. I don't even really like dogs, so I can't imagine having another one. I have a pretty good understanding of myself and I'm very sure that once she goes, I will be wrecked completely and become a sad and diminished person with a broken heart. I protect myself by being pragmatically proactive, but this one stumps me. How do I deal with a grief that hasn't happened yet but surely will? Have you been through this?