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We had to make the difficult decision to put our almost 14 year old lab mix, Guinness to sleep on Saturday. He could barely walk and had other health complications. My husband and I can't stop crying. We adopted him from the shelter when he was about 10 months told before we had kids, he was our first baby and has given us so much love over the last 13 years. It just doesn't seem fair that his life seemed so short compared to us and I feel so guilty that we didn't get more time with him. 
I always would cuddle with him before my early morning fitness classes and woke up to his bed being empty and just cried. How do you concentrate on work and other normal activities while you are grieving? We have 2 girls and one stayed with us during his last breathe and other younger daughter left during. We let them decide what they wanted to do. They are both grieving too as well as our other doggie Tiny, we adopted a few months ago thinking it would help Guinness plus we wanted to give another abused dog a loving him. Just looking for support or advice on how to function even though my husband and I feel so numb, sad and like zombies right now. Thank you, Reagan 

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Dear Reagan, I can not give you any advice because it has been alittle over a month for me and I still cry all the time. Dealing with your grief is up to the individual, we all grieve differently. Just know that he loved you and in his own way he told you it was time. We as parents[ yes parents to our animals] want to fix everything and feel so guilty when we can't. I talk to my Brandy every day telling how much I love her and miss her. I can tell you being here and writing how you are feeling does help. So keep coming back and sharing. In one way you are very lucky having people around you that love you and understand your loss. You are in my prayers and thoughts. Diane

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Hello Reagan,

I am so sorry for your loss and the pain you and your husband are going through.  Feeling numb and like a zombie is your body and brain's way of coping right now.  If you are able to take time off work that will help so you can focus on your grief and rest.  Lean on people who understand what you are going through. Sometimes what helps the most is just having someone listen.

I know it feels almost impossible right now, but try your best to take care of yourself.  Guinness would want that and he needs you to be strong.  Just let yourself grieve.  Do whatever you need to feel close to to him...focus on his presence...feel him, and the love he gave you.  Tiny needs you now and you will all get through this as a family. 

I wish you peace in your journey.  Take care of each other.

Sabrina & Buster's Mom


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So sorry for the loss of your beloved furbaby. Tomorrow will be one week for me losing my sweet baby girl KC. Had her over 11 years as a rescue. Hardest thing I 've ever done. The pain envelopes my entire being. We have them in our hearts and minds forever. We will feel better in time or at least we will adapt to our lives w/o them. But we will continue to love them forever and think of them everyday forever. I pray I will be reunited with my sweet KC in Heaven when I pass. I have to believe this. I will pray for all of us on this support network to have comfort and some peace during our difficult time ahead.  Regards   Tom R
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