If you have had a dog you know that it is impossible not to love them. They arrive at our home and turn everything around with their antics until little by little they adapt to us and we to them.
They become part of the family, this is why it is so painful when they die. We feel a great void and we question ourselves why it is so hard to lose them?.
And for some who have not experienced the pain of losing a dog it is easy to say “it is just a dog” “you can have another”. Many even think that it is not worth suffering for the loss of a pet. It is very hard to hear this because we know that it was not just a dog. It was a friend and that, even if we have another, it will be irreplaceable and we will always remember it.
Science has shown that the pain we feel for the loss of our beloved dogs is an understandable experience. And these are the reasons why:
Love and company: Unlike some people, the love that a dog offers us is disinterested; They do not care what we have or our appearance. Dogs do not criticize us and they are loyal friends. They follow us everywhere happy to be at our side; They are companions who stay in good times and bad times. So, it is normal that it hurts, to lose this kind of love.
Memories: Do not listen to the sound of their paws getting closer, do not see their tail moving happy that we got home and so on, these are special memories. The memories we have of them make it more difficult to overcome the loss.
Bonding: It is valid to be sad and cry, because the bond we form with our pets is real, as much as the one we form with people.
Psychologist Julie Axelrod has pointed out that the loss of a pet can feel like the loss of a child. This is not far from the truth, because when we have a pet we protect it, feed it and do everything possible because it feels good. We are like their parents.
To end, losing a dog is not easy. All the moments we share with them create special and true feelings. So, there is nothing wrong if you feel pain and sadness for their loss, no matter what others say.