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I joined this board awhile ago, haven't posted in awhile...and I guess it's just my way of "dealing" with things.

I've also recently been diagnosed with PTSD (along with my existing depression and social anxiety).

Now the reason I'm posting this thread right now is, I have quite a few things, actually most of my dog's things still.  I'd like to keep them all but I have her bed, a big teddy bear, that I find would be difficult to keep and take along with me.

I'm trying to cut down on my possessions because I just want to own less things.
But I certainly want to keep her stuff, but not all of it.

How did any of you deal with your dog's things?

Keep in mind, I'm single, plan to be, the PTSD is not helping either.

I'm struggling just to stay alive myself.  
My Cindy is who saved me, but she's been gone now for 4 years and life hasn't gotten any easier for myself.
Thanks for reading this if you did.


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Hi JaCin.....I still have My first dog, that passed 25 year ago, things.  Just enough to fit in a small plastic bin.  Every once in awhile I take them out am remember her with a smile and a tear~  If you are downsizing and really don't need to keep her things you could always donate them to your local humane society.  Do you have your pets remains?

Mocha's Mom


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I gave a friend consumable things (chews, supplements, some canned food, etc.). I kept our dog's collar with tags intact and they hang on a hook in the garage.

Some day we will adopt another dog so we boxed up dog dishes, leashes, travel bowls, brush.

The thing I am struggling with are beds and pads -- I sewed covers for pads we made for the back seat of each car; the cargo area of my Subaru; two foam beds in the house. We kept one pad in the house for the cat (which he ignores).

If you are downsizing and/or struggling with space you might take a photograph of something that is hard for you to part with. Keep the photo; donate the item.

It's so hard going through their belongings.

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I kept a lot of my Blackie's things. I purchased a wooden toy chest and decorated it with his pictures and I use it to store his things in it, such as his blanket, toys, his favorite water bowl and a journal I kept the year after he died where I captured some of the memories of our time together and my thoughts about Blackie on special days. I keep the chest at the foot of my bed and every now and then I open it up and go through his things with a smile in my heart and sometimes a tear or two on my face.

This July 28 will be Blackie's 13-year Gotcha Day anniversary. We didn't even have 3 years together but he holds a very special place in my heart and memories. I will never forget him and will always love him until the end of time and beyond...
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