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Man's Best Friend

Dear Sugar
My dog passed away in November and I am having a really hard time coping with his death. He was 14 years old and died very unexpectedly. He was my best friend, was there for me through my divorce, when my father passed away and the death of my grandmother.

I feel a little bit foolish for being so bent out of shape over an animal, but I am just so sad all the time. We were so close and I loved coming home to him every day. Do you have any advice to help me cope with the sudden death of my dog? Devastated Diandra

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Dear Devastated Diandra
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I completely understand the pain of losing an animal, and you should not feel the least bit foolish for being upset. Your dog was there for you unconditionally through many life changing events. It is no wonder you are overwhelmed by his passing.

With all deaths, healing takes time. When you feel sad, remember that it's OK to just be sad and try not to keep your emotions bottled up inside. Do you have friends or family you can reach out to for a shoulder to cry on? Even though your dog died suddenly, talk to your vet as he or she is bound to have some good advice for you.

Various Humane Societies have pet loss support groups which is another place for you to voice and vent your emotions. Although you may feel lonely without your four legged friend, don't rush into getting a new dog until the time is right for you. Once you learn how to cope with this loss, your memories will bring you joy instead of sadness. Hang in there, time is an amazing healer.

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