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I lost my impossibly wonderful Freddie two days ago and am in intense pain. I am lucky to have many photos and videos of him, but I am petrified of forgetting what it felt like to pet him. I am trying to write down everything I can remember about him, but it's hard to describe what actually petting him felt like. I don't remember what it felt like to pet my childhood dog (before Freddie). I'm so scared of losing that very specific sensory memory, and I'm at a loss when it comes to trying to document what his touch felt like. Any help would be much appreciated.

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Hi freddiessister I lost my american Eskimo Leo one week ago today. It was the most painful thing I’ve ever had to do. All I keep remembering is the way he kept looking at me as I was crying. I wonder if he knew he would never see me again. The first few days after my chest actually hurt, and I couldn’t stop crying. As days go by it’s gotten a bit better but he is always on my mind. Last night I felt I heard him outside my door. Every part of the house reminds me of him. It’s not the same anymore. I promise you, you will never forget about him. I’ve grown up with dogs my Whole life and I’ve lost 4 Of them. I’ve never forgotten them. I have memories of all of them. They will always be a part of my life and have a part of my heart. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sending prayers your way. 💙🙏🏻

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I'm so sorry for your loss.  It is very difficult to describe sensations using words, because sensations are felt, conscious experiences, and so understanding what they're like usually involves actually experiencing them.  Maybe you can write down all of Freddie's physical characteristics, and then if there are any associations you had with what it felt like to pet him you can write those down as well. That may be the closest we can come to describing in words what particular tactile sensations feel like.  I hope this helps.

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@Marisa8780 and @Butch, thank you for your kind words. I'm sending prayers your way as well <3 I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your experience.

I tried writing down all of his physical characteristics, and I think that was helpful as a way to start to get to describing petting him. Thank you <3
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