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We consider a pet a beloved friend, companion, and family member. We also know the intense pain that accompanies the loss of that friend. You are not alone.

Please remember to give yourself time to grieve.

Grieving is the natural way that your mind and body adjust to a loss and heal your emotional wounds. Allow yourself to grieve in a way that gives you the most comfort. Allowing yourself to feel the sadness, anger, anguish, and loss will aid the healing process. Repressing your feelings may actually prolong your sadness and recovery time. During this time you may need the emotional support of family, friends, your veterinarian, and perhaps a grief counselor.

The amount of time required to heal varies, ranging from days to years. Although you may feel that you have finished grieving, feelings of sadness may re-emerge with a holiday, your pet's birthday, or the anniversary of your pet's death. Do not allow yourself or others to tell you how long is appropriate.

There are many websites that can help you deal with the loss. Here are a few of them:

The Little Dog Angel

High up in the courts of heaven today
A little dog angel waits;
With the other angels he will not play,
But he sits alone at the gates.
For I know my master will come, says he,
And when he comes he will call for me.

The other angels pass him by
As they hurry towards the throne,
And he watches them with a wistful eye
As he sits at the gates alone.
But I know if I just wait patiently
That someday my master will call for me.

And his master, down on Earth below,
As he sits in his easy chair,
Forgets sometimes, and whispers low
To the dog, who is not there.
And the little dog angel cocks his ears,
And dreams that his master's voice he hears.

And when at last his master waits
Outside in the dark and cold,
For the hand of death to open the door,
That leads to those courts of gold,
He will hear a sound through the gathering dark,
A little dog angel's bark.
Author Unknown
Originally published by J.M. Dent and Sons, Ltd.
From 'Spun Yarn and Spindrift'
by Norah Holland