Dear @beclovesarlo, a warm welcome to the forums. Our hearts go out to you over the loss of your amazing Arlo. It sounds like he was an integral part of your life, and it’s clear that his loss is devastating to you especially because it was so sudden.
It might help you to know that you’re not alone in feeling like life sucks after losing a pet you loved so much. There are quite a few posts from community members who felt the same way. Like you, some of them also question how they can cope without their dog or cat. But they somehow find a way … check out @Kerry’s post here where she talks about losing her dog Chloe; “I had some very dark, low months. The things that helped me the most were: to talk about her with people who love animals, and who didn’t tell me to get over it …. Second, to remind myself of the crazy quirky things she used to do that made me laugh…”
Seeing you’re finding the people in your life hard to deal with right now it’s great that you’ve reached out to the forums community…because right now, you deserve the kindness and understanding of people who get what you’re going through.
You also deserve some self-compassion. Maybe ask yourself how you would treat Arlo if he was feeling low …you’d probably try to lift his spirits by getting some fresh air. Try turning that love around on yourself and do something good for you.
We hope that there are others on the forums who get what you’re going through too. Keep in touch. You are not alone. We are here for you. 🌸