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Friday was one of the worst days of my life. Our boy Zeke got out of the house Friday afternoon and was hit by a car out on the main road from our neighborhood. Wasn't the first time he'd gotten out. Anyone that has ever owned a beagle knows their noses lead the way all the time. I was in the process of getting ready for work so my girlfriend and her friend who were leaving to go out for the day took off after him. We managed to catch him every time before so I didn't think anything of going to chase him like I know I should have looking back on the moment. I had gone out front a couple of times to check on the progress they were making in tracking him down. My gf had gotten in the car and drove down the street to try to lure him into the car for a ride. The last time I went out her car was gone and I knew something bad had happened. I called her and she told me she was at the vet and Zeke had been hit by a car. His injuries were too severe and I had to make the impossible decision to put him down so he wouldn't continue to suffer. I never got to say goodbye or tell him I loved him one last time. He was only 4 years old almost 5. He was my best buddy and I feel so lost without him. I feel like i failed him for not protecting him better. We have another beagle (Barrett). I worry about him being sad and lonely now that his brother is gone. We have already tossed around the idea of adopting another puppy. I feel like my life has lost it's purpose without him.
The waves of emotion just keep coming and I know they won't be stopping any time soon. Anyone with advice or thoughts on how to cope and recover from a tragedy like this your input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and hug your furr babies extra tight tonight.

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I'm so sorry this happened to your family. I can tell you whenever I have lost a pet, my other pets were the greatest source of comfort...just their comforting presence and the continuing ritual of taking care of them. Give Barrett some time. He might enjoy being the only dog around.

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I have also lost my dog about a month ago to a car accident as well. I feel so guilty due to the fact that I was the one who let him out without watching over him. Take it one day at a time it's okay to cry and let your feelings out. Remember the good times although it can be sad and just remember that your love for him is still there even if he's no longer physically here. Wish you the best and healthy healing 

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I'm sorry you had to go through the same horrible event. No pet parent should ever have to experience such a tragedy. The good times are what's holding me together right now. I find someone to talk to when a wave of emotion hits and I'm not even going to attempt to hide the tears. My love for him and our bond was far too strong to keep it hidden. I too feel the same guilt at times. I've made peace with the fact that it was his time even if it happened so suddenly and tragically. Thank you for your well wishes and support. It's much appreciated. Take care.
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