- Don’t move anything for a few days. Coming home is the hardest part of mourning – the house is empty, his dog bed is still there, and there’s no one to walk. Take the time to remove reminders at your own pace. I miss the smell and sight of him, and seeing his toys, bed, and blanket are my only tangible sensory way of remembering him.
- Pay tribute. JP touched so many people’s lives, that just creating an online photo album helps me remember the wonderful life I shared with my friend.
- Let your dog sniff. I only have a few regrets with JP, and one of them is not letting him sniff more on walks. We humans get so caught up in the “busy-ness” of our lives, and are often tugging on dog leashes to hurry our more mellow companions along. Next dog, sniff all you want, bud.
In case you’re not sure what to do when it comes to the topic of euthanasia — like when is it really time, or what signs of “quality of life” to look for in your pet, or what exactly happens when we euthanize, or what you can do with your pet’s body or ashes afterwards — know that I explain this all in the last chapter in both of my books, It’s a Dog’s Life … but It’s Your Carpet, and It’s a Cat’s World … You Just Live In It. The chapter is titled, “The vet and the pet.”
More importantly, find a vet who cares and can help to guide you through the toughest decision of your life.
Mourning Your Dog’s Death… and Celebrating His (or Her) Life originally appeared on petMD.com