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It was not a shock to our family, but our beloved family dog - Snowflake - passed away this evening. She was just over 15 years old, and was the most loving dog I have ever been around in my life. Even in her last hours, if you rubbed her head or belly, she would give a slight leg shake of appreciation.

My wife and kids are now in bed, and I sit alone at the computer without my constant companion by my chair. This was our time. After everyone went to sleep, I would get some work done...or watch a show...or have a snack - - and she was by my side for all of it. Sitting here in the quiet, not having my friend to pet or talk to...well, it is really hitting home. 

I know that the grief I feel is expected. Tomorrow will be better...and the day after that will be better still. In the moment, however, the pain is real and almost overwhelming. When you are around someone for so long, and they are such a big part of your family and life, it is hard to let go...but harder dealing with the aftermath.

I love you Snowflake.

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One of my two dogs is 15 or maybe 16, and we figure this will be her last winter.  She's still healthy, but her back legs are getting weak.  It breaks my heart to see her declining, and knowing what lies ahead, since we've had many old dogs.  So I have a pretty good idea how you're feeling.  But at least 15 is a good long life for a dog, although that doesn't make their absence any easier.  They leave such a hole in your life when they're gone.  

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Hello. I also lost a very beloved pet only hours ago. My cat Tulsa 13.5 years old was diagnosed with cancer but was doing well. I arrived home from work today to find him gone. He died in his cat carrier, where he liked to sit at times.

I feel your pain, the shock is real and the loss is palpable. I awoke after barely sleeping in the middle of the night when Tulsa would usually run to greet me, and sit by my side. What an enormous hole he has left. I am sure you feel exactly the same way about Snowflake. It seems I have never felt so alone in my entire life. 

I hope the coming days will bring more peace. This is a time when we must be very, very kind to ourselves and to all affected. Our loving pets would really want us to do just that. I hope you do. 

Goodbye my buddy Tulsa, I will always love you as all these wonderful pet owners love their very best companions. 
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