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My sweet beagle was attacked and killed by dog at a dog park and I had to watch this happen. She didn't pass away until a week later, after surgery and we found her injuries were too severe for her to go on. Every time we lose our precious babies, it is all too hard, however I have found this sort of grief is VERY different and unique. No one will understand unless they have been thru a similar situation. It is not the same as putting your dog or cat down at an old age, it is something that is stolen from you that you or your beloved pet didn't deserve. I have to re play the traumatic experience of my dog getting attacked and the loss of her. It is almost too much to handle. I am not trying to discount anyone's sad pet loss experience bc it will always be heartbreaking, but I am asking for people to reply to this thread that have been thru something similar bc it is a different type of grief and sadness. Thank you for understanding.  

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I understand your grief - we lost not 1 but 13 in a similar fashion. Not at the dog park - in our own backyard. Ours were cats and a neighbor brought her dog to our back yard late nights because she does not like cats (mind you she lives 5 houses down from us and told animal control (truthfully) that my cats never left my yard when she tried 1st to get animal control to "pick the vermin up". Animal control would not since they did not leave my yard - so the neighbor got a dog and trained her to kill cats. The last one she got to we caught her and her mostly grown pup in the act, Goldie seemed to be recovering nicely at the vets but died suddenly 8 days later at the vets of septic blood poisoning/septic shock. 13 in 12 months. When they are young and so vibrant and death is so unexpected it seems you have to deal with not only grief but also shock. I have found through the years each time is unique - no matter how, and loss never gets easier - each loss hurts.

Know that you are now part of a large world-wide family - that you are not alone on the path of grief you walk. Some of us are a bit farther down the path, some of us a a bit behind you on the path, some may be right there with you on the path. Some will travel faster, some will travel slower, and some at the same pace. But we still are all on the same path. And we are all here for each other.

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Your words are so kind and thoughtful. Thank you. I am sorry you had to go thru this traumatic experience as well.It was devastating bc it is so very different than just putting your pets down due to old age. We were robbed too soon of our time with our best friends. It makes me so sad. I try and remember that all my thoughts are normal and I need to have my own journey of grief. 
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