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I was reading your post and wondered how you and Bentley’s sister have been going. It really is heart-breaking to lose a beloved part of the family, I lost our dog to a snake bite, and it was quite challenging as I always held a little guilt and the what ifs played in my mind. Our baby was a Golden lab named Jessie, we still talk about her and the crazy things she use to get up to, which make us smile a little. Our Jessie’s companion was a Jack Russel funnily enough and we still have him, he is such a character, and he did feel lonely for quite some time, so we use to snuggle in mink blankets together, which he still does to this day. @alwaysmyangels sorry to also hear of your loss also, Jack Russell’s are such an amazing, energetic little character and they really do become part of the family.
We planted a lemon tree in memory of our girl Jessie, which helped us in our grieving process. There may be something you can do to honour and remember your beloved family members, like plant a tree, keep the collar somewhere special in the house, or a special plaque/piece of jewellery as a special remembrance. It is natural to grieve the loss of a pet, they play such an important part in our lives.
Thank you both for sharing it takes courage to reach out when we are in pain, and please continue to read and share in the forum as there are many members grieving the loss of their beloved pets and it can be helpful to share our experiences. If you feel you would like a little more support, please don’t hesitate to call Griefline and speak with someone on 1300 845 745 8am-8pm (AEST), also there is a resource that may help #https://griefline.org.au/resources/losing-a-pet/.
I hope you are both being kind to yourself, take care