After the loss of a much-loved pet it can be difficult to think about taking on a new furry companion.
When "non-pet-people" hear you have lost a beloved companion it may be difficult for them to understand the loss and sense of grief this brings. It is not unusual to hear people say "You can always get another one". But, when you have lost an adored pet companion, it can be difficult to think about having a new one as, no matter how much you know any new addition can’t replace the one who has passed, there are those nagging and guilty "replacement" thoughts in the back of your mind. Well, that is how I felt anyway. I think when you are a pet person – dog, cat, rabbit, exotic or small pet – these companions shape our lives and routines, and, as well as the gap left in your heart, there is the gap in your lifestyle that a new pet can help to fill. While the new pet never replaces the previous owner of your heart, it is surprising how much more room your heart can find for a new pet. When the decision is made – and this can be within days, weeks, months or years whatever feels right for you; the anticipation, excitement and enjoyment of finding your new companion helps take the sadness away from the pet you have lost.