It is very difficult to lose anyone that you are close to, be it a relative, a partner, a friend, a pet. People can sympathise, but no one can understand what it means for you. The loss can feel unbearable and can affect our mental, emotional and physical well-being.
When we lose an animal companion we have other emotions that aren't always present when we lose a human. There can be a huge feeling of guilt - was it right to put my pet to sleep? Did I give my pet a good life? What if I had done 'such and such'? Would things have worked out differently? And then there are people around us who will say 'it was only a dog….or a cat, a horse or a guinea pig...' and we may even feel ashamed that we are finding it so tough. We might be angry - at the circumstances around losing our animal, whether through illness, an accident or some other way.
Maybe we have difficult decisions about life choices for our animal companion and aren't not sure what to do. It can be helpful to share our thoughts with someone else that will listen in an open non-judgemental way while we work through things.
At Hounds Connect we offer a listening service for people facing these difficulties and would like to talk to someone about it. The service is totally confidential and non-judgemental, designed to support you.