Those who have never truly loved an animal companion will never understand the grief their passing leaves. Dogs especially, provide us with love and companionship and make a special place in our hearts, but many people are no less devastated by the loss of special cats, horses, and other companions. There is a special bond between many humans and their animal companions, and although their loss is devastating at the time, most of us agree that it is well worth the pain because of the joy they bring us during their lives. We often hear people say they will never have another animal companion because they can't bare the pain of losing it, and I wonder why they would deny themselves all the joy to avoid the pain?
We go into this knowing that we are likely to outlive any of these companions who join our households. We love, cherish, and enjoy them during their often far-to-short lives and remember them with loves and tears when they pass. The memories remain forever.
This is not complete, but the dogs are nagging for breakfast, and I'll give them each an extra hug in memory of Pepper. They probably wondered about all the extra hugs yesterday, but obviously appreciated the extra time and attention they each received.