Our Nugget

by Donna
(Mokena, IL)

Our Nugget was a mixed retriever who just died yesterday. I never thought I would feel such a deep pain. I am still looking for him on his bed and I've called to him a few times when he hasn't met me at the door today. I can almost hear his sighs next to my bed when I nap or sleep. I can't bear to see his favorite toys laying around the house. I took a walk in the woods near our home and everything seemed less alive, less interesting without him. I wasn't ready for this. It was supposed to be pancreatitis which can be cured in most circumstances. The vet said she suspected cancer too. And his muscles were wasting away. I miss that soft, furry head. Oh what an intelligent dog as well, my first dog.

I don't think I could bear to have another dog. . . I would just think of Nugget. Please, how do I get over this?

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Jan 29, 2013
I understand
by: Rebecca

I am so very sorry for your loss. It sounds similar to the story of my dear Eddie, my cat who was also diagnosed with pancreatitis and died a couple of days later. That was only 6 days ago. My heart breaks for you. I completely understand how you are feeling.

Jan 03, 2013
I feel your pain
by: Anonymous

So sorry for your loss I feel the same way. We are putting our beloved dog to sleep today she has been such a big part of our lives for such a short time. I lost my Mom five months ago and now I am losing another best friend. I feel such pain but I know it is the right thing to do for her since she is suffering with cancer and can barely breathe. They told us on 12/26 that she would have 4 to 6 weeks and it was only 4 days before she started to fail. Everyone has come to say their goodbyes and we will take her final ride. As with any loss though you will have good days and bad days. Just try to remember all the love you shared and the good times and know Nugget is at peace. You will see her again some day.

Jan 01, 2013
Our Nugget
by: Doreen U.K.

Donna I am sorry for your loss of your first dog nugget. It will take a long time for you to get over this loss of your dog. It hurts so bad to lose a beloved pet that was a companion to you. I felt the same way when I lost any of my cockatiels. It broke my heart. Losing a pet is just as painful as losing a person. The only way you are going to get through this is by grieving this day by day. Crying is the biggest part of grief. Healing takes time. You will one day feel better and be able to process whether you want another dog. The hardest part of having a pet is when you lose them because pets have a short life span. But if you can accept this and be prepared for losing them one day. I don't see why you should deny yourself the pleasure of an on going loving relationship with another pet. You can also keep a journal for each pet you have as each relationship is different. Start keeping a journal of your beloved nugget. Write in this all your feelings and thoughts and express your deep feelings for nugget and how this loss has made you feel and affected your life. You will also heal from writing. You will have these memories forever.

Dec 31, 2012
by: Catherine

I know the pain you are going through and feel so bad for you. I had to have my little Toby put to sleep just before Christmas and it really hurts. I had her for 14 years and she slept on my bed every night. I still reach out when I wake up in the morning to stroke her. She had little soft curls. Unfortunately, dogs have shorter lives than we do and their passing is an inevitable part of having a pet. You know you loved Nugget dearly and I am sure you treated him like a treasure so try to think of that. He looks down on you and still feels your love.
Take care. I guess it gets better soon and we will just think more of the fun times we shared with them.

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