Rusty was our loveable big brother and the leader of the pack. He was a big bruiser – a Doberman/Lab cross – he loved sleeping on his favourite couch and dreaming of great big bones, when he wasn’t eating them. Rusty was a lot older than us and we were sad to see him get slower – and grumpier too. He didn’t like it when we tried to get him to play and would rather snooze on the couch. A year ago Rusty went to doggy heaven and we still miss him loads and think about him most days. Wonder what he’d think about us being the stars of the Buddy & Lola pet brand, we’re sure he’d approve.
As a Pet Parent, it is probably one of the most difficult times to lose your furry best friend. However, it’s probably inevitable as, of course, doggy lifespans are much shorter than ours. Here are just a few things that we’ve found have made things just that little bit easier.
- Talk to your veterianarian to help you make the right decisions for your much-loved pet.
- Cherish every moment you have when you know that the end is near and give the family the opportunity to say goodbye if they wish.
- Make sure your veterinarian knows whether you want to stay with your pet if euthanasia is planned and decide what you’d like to happen afterwards; whether you’d like to bring him home to be buried in the yard or cremated and the ashes returned to you.
We know you will never forget your furry best friend and you’ll have lots of keepsakes to remind you of the good times but you have the rest of your life ahead of you so don’t make too many quick decisions you may later regret. Why not do something special in memory of your special dog such as plant a tree or make a donation in his name to a Dog Shelter or Veterinary College. While you may not be ready to move on and get another dog you could make a difference by volunteering at an Animal Shelter helping to care for dogs that may not have been as lucky in life as yours was.