How do you deal with the loss of a much-loved pet?
We've had our two Border Collies for 11 years, which pretty much means late middle age. Together with a rescued Shih Tzu (now 2 1/2 years old) and a rescued cat (<1 year old) we had a very happy pet family. A few weeks ago Buddy, the cat, slipped out of the house and tried to cross the street. Black cat, dark night. We found his remains a few days later. He was the Shih Tzu's baby so she has been grieving. Only four days later one of our Border Collies, Rascal, suddenly had trouble walking. After a week at the vet's and numerous tests, it was finally decided that she had bone cancer and we made the difficult decision to put her to sleep. We have gone from a four pet family to a two pet family in a short time and are having some difficulty dealing with the holes left in our lives. Our two dogs are confused and still looking for their friends, our young adult kids are grieving as are DH and I. This is really tough. Can anyone offer suggestions for returning to normal?