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Yesterday was the five year anniversary for my sweet Gypsy Rose going to the Rainbow Bridge. It was the four month anniversary for the passing of my Mom. They both left this reality on the 15th of a month. And I was with both of them when they left, helping both to end their suffering here on earth. There was a wonderful staff at the veterinary clinic to help Gypsy move on, and a kind, caring Hospice network to help ease my Mom's passing. 

There is some comfort in picturing Gypsy there to run and greet my Mom when she passed. Along with the many other pets we have loved and lost in our lifetime. 

Many people would think it terrible of me to say that while I grieve deeply for my Mom, the grief is less than I felt for so long after Gypsy passed. Some say that the real grief for the loss of a loved one who is human actually sets in around four months after they pass because we are so busy dealing with all the legalities that surround a human passing until then. I think that the loss of a pet is so immediate, like a sudden huge, black hole in our life and in our heart. 

Gypsy still enters my dreams and I cherish those dreams so much. When I awake, I try to remember every little detail of the dream, running through the dream over and over again in my head. How can this still be going on after five years?? Maybe because for the only time in my entire life, I have not had a dog. For five years now, which seems incredible because I am a dog person through and through. 

Maybe on some level, I am terrified of going through that level of grief again. Has anyone else here been afraid to add a fur baby back to their life after grieving deeply for losing one? I grieved for all of the pets I have lost, but nothing like I did (and still do) with Gypsy. She was my soul mate in the dog world. Has anyone went through terrible grief, adopted another pet, lost that one and maybe not grieved as deeply the next time? Is it the stage of life I'm in, or do we just grieve much more deeply for some pets than for others, similar to when we lose humans in our life?

I know there are no magic answers. Going on this web site and reading the posts just seems to help to know that none of us are alone with our feelings. And it seemed fitting to wish Gypsy a Happy Five Year Anniversary, and my Mom and happy four month anniversary. She is now with all the pets she loved so deeply over the years. 

Thank you to all who read, post, and help keep this web site up and running. 

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