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Yesterday my family had to make the decision to put my family dog down. I’m 19 and she was the dog I grew up with and now everything feels empty without her. I’ve never had to suffer the loss of a pet and I’m not sure how I’m going to move on from this. She was what I looked forward to when I came home from college, and the first thing I wanted to see in the mornings. So much change is happening in my life right now and I’m not quite sure where to go from here...

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Losing your first pet that you've grown up with is traumatic and heartbreaking.  We just assume they will always be there even though we know someday they will grow old.  I'm sorry you lost your family dog.  You will adjust, and eventually the pain will lessen.  

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It is so very hard to lose a pet. The pain you feel is real and you wonder if it'll ever get better. it does but it takes time. Grieve all you need to. Cry when you feel like crying. I can remember losing my first pet and I was young since then I've lost four more. It hurts the same and I have two more with me that will one day go to the Bridge. You will be okay, in a while. Remember the journey and cherish all the memories you made with her. The new normal will be hard but one day you can look back and smile when you remember her. Maybe a silly tilt of her head, how she would sleep how she would run to the door wagging he tail. These are all the things that endear themselves to us. your heart is big but right now it hurts. One day you will love again and she will guide you there.
Love and doggie hugs
Termy's mom

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I saw your post as I was scrolling through reading peoples stories and trying to find some peace but I wasn’t planning on posting anything until I saw this. My story is the exact same even down to my name. I’m also a Liza and I’m 19 and just lost my first dog Mayor about two weeks ago. I was and still am devastated because as you said he’s always been there for me and I’ve always looked forward to seeing him when coming home from college and when waking up in the morning. He was only 7 and I came home from school and he was so sick and ended up being diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia and passed only a week later, it was my biggest fear come true. It’s really difficult being back at school and missing him and knowing I won’t get to see him when I’m back but I find some peace in knowing that he’s not in pain anymore and I hope you can do the same. I hope our pups are hanging out together up there

I’m so sorry for your loss
Big hugs to you
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