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Following the death of her companion pet Sharon Gillespie launched in the hope that it will help others who are suffering from the loss of a pet. In this article she explores the possibility of getting a new pet.

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Sunday October 7, 2012, 3:34 pm

Carrie B (306)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 4:39 pm
On June 1st we lost our beloved 14 1/2 year old Eskie to cancer. Over the years we have had to deal with the loss of many our fur babies, but there was something different this time.

I had delivered Ziggy and all of his litter mates for a friend and neighbor while we were living in Arizona. At the age of two Ziggy was diagnosed with epilepsy, and over the years because of multiple medications and valium injections for breakthrough seizures, we always expected to lose him to that disease. When, in May he was diagnosed with a fatal tumor and had was gone within three weeks, I was devastated!

My devastation was nothing compared to the grieving our rescue girl Zoe went through. She and Ziggy had been best friends for almost eight years. She quit playing - just ate and slept. I would throw her favorite squeaky ball and she would just go lie down.

Even though my husband and I agreed that maybe someday we would try to rescue an Eskie, it was too soon to even contemplate. I still cried for my Ziggy and had dreams about him.

In July we took Zoe to the vet for her check up and we told her (the vet) about Zoe's depression and our dilemma. Several weeks later we received a phone call from someone the vet had told us about. While at a family reunion a couple had been given a little stray and they didn't feel she was the right dog for them, but perhaps we could meet and see if she would like to come live at our house.

Enter Daisy! Half Shih Tzu, half Border Terrier, and 100% mischief, cuteness, love ability, and Zoe's new best friend. She's little, but can unroll a roll of toilet paper faster than any cat I have ever met, can go through her weight in raw hide bones if we allowed it, and was a real challenge to housebreak. Guess what? She is exactly what I needed to get me out of my Ziggy blues. I still miss him terribly and sometimes cry, like now when I talk about him, but gone is the depression his loss had caused.

Pictures of Ziggy, Zoe, and Daisy are on my profile page. Thank you for the post and the opportunity to share my story of pet loss and recovery.

Heidi D (28)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 5:29 pm
In my experience, nothing heals a broken heart (one with a huge dog-shaped hole in it) better than the happiness that comes from rescuing another fur-baby who needs you. Another dog will never 'replace' a dog you have lost, but I believe that the love you have available to give increases exponentially with every new dog who comes into your life.
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