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I saw this on the internet recently, not sure if anyone noticed it.  I have been too busy grieving to watch much TV.  (see link below)

The actress Tatum O'Neil is stating that the overwhelming grief of her dog dying at 14 yrs is what set her off and caused her to use drugs again resulting in her recent arrest.  She has been recovering for a while from drug addiction if people remember, she was on Dancing With The Stars not too long ago.

I believe her, though some may say this is an excuse.    All of us are attached to our pets but the recovering addict needs LOTS of emotional support and with her divorce, relapses, etc. this dog must have meant a lot to her and been with her through many hard times.  Goodness knows I read  about enough of them in the paper over the last 14 years.  

Personally, I know all the crying over breakups, etc, I have went through and my animals were my only company....

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I saw that in the newspaper too...most people would think that grieving for a pet is no excuse, but I could really understand what she was going through and sympathise with her.

Nuggetsmum Alana

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I too saw this on tv, and thought the very same thing.  I actually burst into tears, since I just lost my baby on Monday.  I SO understand how she must feel. 


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If I had seen this before losing my dog, I probably would have thought she was kind of making an excuse.   Now I believe her 100%--I have been off cigarettes for over 8 years, and it is still a good possibility that I am going to start again. My dog was the best thing that ever happened to me in my 58 years.  To know in my heart that this kind of joy and relationship will never happen again is almost more than I can bear.  My biggest worry with my dog was how many years I had left.  Last year I went into the vets to check her records and was so happy that she was ayear younger than I thought.  Then I would figure that I had at least ten years left with her because she was only just 7 and her dad is 18 and still going strong.  You would think someone as old as I am would know that everything can be gone in a moment.  But back to Tatum...when I read this, I just read it with sadness and complete understanding.

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