Pet Bereavement or as I like to say Animal Friend Bereavement

Grief is devastating, and this is the case regardless of whether it’s a human or animal. Our animal friends are our family too and to some they are the only family that they have.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a dog, cat, a small furry animal or a horse, size is irrelevant it’s the connection we have with them, the bond, that bond that is so deep that only you can truly understand.

They become our family, our friend, they rely on us to meet their needs and in return what do they give us? Well, they give us loyalty, unconditional love, companionship and they make us laugh. Yes you know the times, when you come home all tired and perhaps a little cranky and then they do something and you just can’t help but smile.

We cannot underestimate the loss that an animal friend can have on us. It doesn’t matter whether it was expected or totally out the blue, it can be the most devastating moment of your life.

We are now so much closer to acknowledging that animals feel, that they are emotive and aware, that they build relationships and friendships in a very similar way to humans. We are actually biologically closer to our animal friends than many people previously thought. Is it any wonder then that when we lose them we can become crippled by grief?

They are our friends, our best friends, our soul mates.

They are and always will be so much more than “just a cat’ or “just an animal” or even “just a dog”.


Poem – Just a Dog

“From time to time people tell me, “Lighten up. It’s just a dog.”

or “That’s a lot of money for just a dog.”

They don’t understand the distance travelled, time spent or costs involved for “Just a dog”.

Some of my proudest moments have come about with “Just a dog”.

Many hours have passed with my only company being “Just a dog”

and not once have I felt slighted.

Some of my saddest moments were brought about by “just a dog”.

In those days of darkness,

the gentle touch of “Just a dog” provided comfort and purpose to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it’s “Just a dog”, you will probably understand phrases like

“Just a friend” or “just a sunrise” or “Just a promise”.

“Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.

“Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.

Because of “Just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks,

and look longingly to the future.

For me and folks like me, it’s not “Just a dog”.

It’s an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future,

the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

“Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away

from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday people can understand it’s not “Just a dog.

” It’s the thing that gives me humanity and keep me from being “Just a man ” or “Just a woman”.

So the next time you hear the phrase “Just a dog”,
Smile because they “Just don’t understand”

– Richard Biby