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My dog died, but I... - June 12th 2015, 08:33 AM

This is actually old news because it happened months ago at the beginning of 2015. Then again, I need to get this out of my system because of reasons.

My mom adopted a little dog from her friend because she couldn't devote her time and money to take care of it. My mom was so overjoyed that she played with the dog and took him out for a walk every day. I and my brother eventually took liking to him and soon, our dog had a place in our hearts, except for my father.

One day, my dog got sick. He looked pale and seems to have no stamina, even just to walk. Whenever we touched him, his body was hot similar to a fever. My mother, thanks to my father's know-it-all suggestion, gave our dog over the counter medication solely for humans and didn't take him to the vet.

Needless to say, his condition worsened and by the time we took him to a vet, it was too late. He died from lack of oxygen. She then learnt that our dog has been infected with parvo virus. When my mom came back home, I and my brother asked why she was crying. We finally knew the answer. It was the first time my brother cried for something else, and truly, it was our first experience of losing a precious pet.

Deep down, however, I couldn't bring myself to cry while hearing the news. I don't know if I was too sad to cry or just plain heartless. I felt like I was wrong not to cry. Up until now, I've been thinking, "gosh, I must be an evil jerk for not being able to grieve. I couldn't cry although I've forced myself to."

I, my mom, and my brother have moved on and accepted his death. The only thing that keeps bugging me is the fact that I wasn't able to shed a tear when our dog died. I think I was horribly wrong for not having emotions.

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Re: My dog died, but I... - June 12th 2015, 03:42 PM

Everybody grieves in their own way. Some people never cry and others will take a while before it hits them. Don't worry that you haven't shown any emotions

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Re: My dog died, but I... - June 13th 2015, 02:27 AM

Not everyone cries when someone close dies. Its perfectly normal. Sometimes it takes weeks for the realization to kick in that they're gone. When my Grandma died, I didn't cry until weeks later. Its ok not to cry though. Don't feel too bad about it.

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Re: My dog died, but I... - June 14th 2015, 02:39 AM

Like it's been said, you're not a horrible person for not crying. It can be hard to cry when you lose someone close to you. Everyone grieves differently and there is no right way to grieve. So, give yourself some time to work through your feelings in regards to your dog.

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Re: My dog died, but I... - June 16th 2015, 06:51 PM

I'm sorry for your loss. As was said above, there is no "appropriate" way to react to a loss such as this. You are entitled to deal with this situation in whichever way you deem fit. Best wishes.
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