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Raider was our 10 year old Boston. He was the one who made everyone happy he loved everyone. He was the dog that made others fall in love with the breed but with him specifically. He died suddenly and tragically yesterday. I am a mess but trying to help my boys through it. How do you cope? It is not something I just want to move on from. I don’t want the pain, I do want the memories. How do you balance that? And how do you help young men (19 and 20) get over the loss of their dog? He slept with one of them every night unless they just weren’t home. He was also tug of war champ at our house and just a precious, precious boy. How do you move past the horror of seeing him and holding him as he passed? Will I ever be able to have another and not compare
It to Raider?

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So very sorry for your loss of Raider. Pretty awful thing for the whole family to have to experience. Im far from an expert, but I really like what you said about not seeking to just "move on from it", too. You & the family should be allowed the freedom to experience the feelings that this tragic loss brings. In my opinion, encouraging the boys to be open, accepting, & not seeking to merely get thru these feelings will be a positive first step towards learning to cope with the reality. For sure it will take some time, would be unrealistic to expect this to happen in short order, which Im sure as a parent makes it that much more difficult to watch, but the sooner these feelings are let out, the sooner all of you will be able to focus on what made Raider so special to you, and then be able to cherish his memory more than feel the emptiness of his loss.
Again, so very sorry for the loss of Raider, and wishing you happier times ahead. It does indeed get better with time to heal.

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Thank you so much. Raider was a sweet boy, the sweetest dog I have ever known and I have had dogs my entire life. I appreciate your support.

Pb -aka Raider’s mom
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