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Today, May 4th I lost my best friend in the world Gracie Mae. She was a 13 year old beagle and I miss her so much already. I don’t know how I’m supposed to get on without her, as I haven’t dealt with the death of a pet since 2006 and I barely remember it since I was so young. I wish there was more I could have done for her, because she was always there for me. We were told she had stage 5 renal failure and she fought for 7 1/2 days with that condition. The tears keep flowing and I’m not sure what else to do.

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I’m so sorry for loss. I do know how hard it is as I had to euthanize a beloved cat back in Dec, and just on May 2, we had to euthanize his brother. Right now, the house feels so empty and like you we are heartbroken. Grieve at your pace and do what feels right at the moment. I have cried, screamed in the car, and talk about the great memories. Currently, I’m trying focus on the fact that we lost our beloved cats due to age related complications. No human in the world can prevent aging and the health effects. Not you or your Vet.

We all knew this was going to happen when we adopt these furry creatures that capture our hearts but we do it, so a pet a cat/dog etc can experience a life of comfort and love. At times, I’m at peace as there is no more pain for my beloved cats and other times I cry as I miss them dearly. However, I cherish the memories and look back at the photos and videos. You were there for your beloved pet and there is nothing different or more you could of done. I feel better that I’m mourning my cats and them not knowing what happen to me or to think they were abandoned, if something was to happen to me.

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I also lost my what I consider to be my great love on May 4th. She was diabetic, 15 and yet I thought she would transcend the boundaries of reality and live forever. Having lost my father at a young age, I should have known better. But she was my comfort and I didnt want to imagine a world without her. Now I live in that world, and it’s as awful as I thought. There are times that it doesn’t consume me with sadness, but it’s still awful. I hate that I won’t see her every time I lay down to rest. She was always there...since I was an aimless teenager to becoming a strong, confident adult. She raised me in many ways to be that way with her sassy attitude.

The only peace I feel is that she got to live out her days with me for 15 years. She was a stray and could have easily died alone as an infant (we rescued and bottle fed her) but instead she enriched our lives and we returned the favor. Even when she was diagnosed as a diabetic at 8 and we had barely any money for treatments. We scheduled our lives around her twice a day insulin injections for 7 years, even when it meant forgoing things we wanted to do and see. She was always worth it. Regardless of the painful reality of her physical absence, she will always live within me...when I close my eyes, she will be there.

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I'm sorry for both of you.  My whole life has been spent loving animals and it is such a loss when we lose one.  Sounds like you both gave your pets wonderful lives.  How lucky for everyone - humans and pets to have bonded and shared such wonderful lives.  I hope time will bring some relief from your pain.
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