We have a new puppy.
We lost our Golden a few weeks ago to cancer. Once the disease revealed itself, it was too late to even consider any treatment.
Our new puppy is a Golden just like the beautiful dog we lost. We had two, we lost the Alpha, and now the younger of the two,the seven year old has quickly assumed the Alpha position, and does a great job in caring for his new brother.
It is so easy to take our dogs for granted until there is a change, then nothing seems to be right. I don't expect to replace the animal I lost, but all of his tricks, mannerisms and traditions of course, are also gone. Our puppy is developing his own character, and we really love him, but I don't know how long it will take to get over the loss of our beautiful dog.
Writing about my dog doesn't diminish my concern for people who are suffering so. But I just wanted to share my feelings since I think so many of us are animal lovers, and most of you have also gone through this.