Should I Get Another Dog?

Question: Dear Luise: I recently had to lay my 14 year -ld Lhasa Apso girl to rest. It broke my heart and I feel so lost without her in my life. We shared a special bond, made even closer by her disability and my being her caregiver. Now I feel as though I have lost my disabled child. It has been two months now, and I am so lonely. Should I get another dog? Do you think my dog’s spirit is with me as a guardian angel?

Answer: Dear K.: I believe our beloved pets never leave us. And I also believe that they help us pick out our next pet. Others may not agree with me but I think those of us with open hearts learn unconditional love from our dogs. They are angels.

We are all different regarding how long we wait. Some wait years. Some can never get another dog because they can never face the terrible pain of losing one again. I have faced it countless times…and right now my little 14 year-old Chihuahua is coming close to the end. I have gotten my next dog just days after I lost one. And I have waited months.

The last time I faced what you are facing, I was just sitting there thinking about him when I got the “thought” to go to a certain Animal Shelter…and there was my little Chihuahua, waiting. Talk to your doggie-angel and ask her. See what “thoughts” come your way. I really believe that she will help you. Blessings, Luise

One Response to Should I Get Another Dog?

  1. C. March 15, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    Dear K: Reading your post brought tears to my eyes, and reminded me of my sweet dog that I had to put down also. She developed a neuological disease in her old age that made her eyes swim and she couldn’t eat or walk. I cried and layed with her all night before she died, and all the way home afterwards. When I got home, I was opening the door to go in and she was there waiting for me at the door. I saw her in an instant and have been seeing and feeling her nose occasionally since. I didn’t think I would be able to get another dog, because I was still so attached to my dog who had passed, but another angel came along and just fell into my lap. I believe my old dog put her into my care. The circumstances around this new angel were exactly what was best for me and my personality – she just “fit.” I agree with Luise and truly believe these beings are angels who come with unconditional love and I have learned so much from both of them. Look around you. You may get a glimpse of your old dog sitting at your feet, or feel her brush against you! And yes, I believe your dog will find that perfect angel for you! C.

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