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    Lost my girl (a 11 year old Doberman) very suddenly on 18th November. One minute she was totally fine wondering around my feet, the next minute she just collapsed next to me and passed from a sudden cardiac arrest. She had been my little shadow all these 11 years, follows me everywhere, sleeps with me every night (and day), she was the perfect girl. And then just like that she was taken away from me, I was not prepared for this at all, she was in perfect health. We just celebrated her 11th birthday on the 13th November, and I was looking forward to this year’s Christmas with her. She had been with me through all the ups and downs, she was always there. Now everywhere and everything around the house reminds me of her, the empty space on the bed, the spots she loved to lay down, her treats she didn’t get to finish on the kitchen bench, her food in the fridge, her toys scattered in the house, her fur still on the floor. And the worst is not seeing her at the door wagging her little helicopter tail when I came home, the house just seemed so quiet, deafening. I dread walking out the door because the street outside reminds me of my daily walks with her, all the spots she used to pee on… she was my everything. I just don’t know how to live on normally anymore, I still wish these are all just a big scary nightmare and that I’d wake up any second and find her next to me snuggling and snoring… I lost my grandpa whom I was very close to at the beginning of the year in January, and she was there supporting me through those difficult days, now losing her is just too much for me. I hate 2023.

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    Hi @kerrylovemika, I am so deeply sorry to hear about the sudden loss of your dear girl.
    I can’t imagine how tough it must have been for you to lose your lovely pet and your grandpa this year.
    It’s an unimaginable amount of grief to bear. Please know that we are here for you in whatever way you need.
    It’s clear from your words that she brought immense joy and comfort to your life, providing unwavering support during both good and challenging times. The suddenness of her passing must make it even more difficult to process. Grieving is a unique and personal journey, and it’s completely okay to take the time you need to navigate through these emotions. I can truly feel the warmth in cherishing the memories of the walks, the wagging tail, and the companionship you shared with her. Those moments are beautiful reminders of the deep love you both experienced. I appreciate you opening up and sharing your story here. Taking this step is one way to begin processing your grief. This resource might be helpful for you. You can find insights at that may resonate with your experience of losing your beloved pet. Additionally, the Griefline website offers other helpful resources that you might find useful. I hope you continue using this online forum, and if you ever feel like talking more about this or want to share memories of your pet or grandpa, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Griefline Helpline (1300 845 745). Our helpline is available from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week. We are here for you.


    Hi @kerrylovemika,

    Your post is so beautiful and I imagine this may not be your happiest Christmas since losing your girl and her birthdate being so near to this time, and her illness so sudden.

    My heart broke when I read about ‘her treats she didn’t get to finish on the kitchen bench, her food in the fridge, her toys scattered in the house, her fur still on the floor’. These are the kinds of things that are so difficult to put into words and share, but you did. They are sights, sounds and smells, the world of dogs actually.

    You were each blessed to share those 11 years of life’s ups and downs together and the grief will slowly ease over time, although that may be difficult to know at this early stage. On top of the grief of you losing your dear grandpa, who you were very close to, earlier this year.

    I send you sincere best wishes and heartfelt condolences on behalf of Griefline. Please reach out to us whenever you like to or feel the need.

    You have experienced a challenging 2023 but a New Year is coming.

    Your beautiful Doberman girl shall always be with you, as shall her love and wagging helicopter tail. Maggie.


    Dear @kerrylovemika, I am so sorry to hear that you lost your precious girl. I just want to acknowledge how brave it is of you to have shared your personal experience here on the Griefline forum. I also want to let you know that grief is a personal and unique experience for every individual and your feelings are completely natural. I also lost my rabbit at the end of 2023. As we all have our own personal experience, I can’t imagine how hard this is for you. I also want to acknowledge the loss of your grandfather, I’m so sorry. I understand that you feel that losing your girl is just too much for you to handle, which is a completely natural way to feel. You’ve taken a courageous first step by reaching out to Griefline. We’re here to listen and support you.

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