Is it normal to feel this way?

I've lost my dog about a week ago (was a dachshund) She was very important part of my life (she meant a lot to me) and i really cared for her and made sure she got everything to make her happy. She was like my baby. would like to know whether is it normal that i am still very affected by it? The day of her death i cried so much and my parents even offered to get me another dog i said i don't want anymore pets (even tho she was more than just a pet for me). But yea i'd like to know whether is it normal to still feel somewhat depressed and sad about her?
Even while typing this question my eyes are getting watery

For those who will say "it was just a pet" .. keep your comments to yourselves!
Is it normal to feel this way?


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  • i Lost a cat named Castro about five years ago. his owner didn't want him and i took care of him he was old already we owned him for a few years before we had to have him euthanized i couldn't stop crying. My parents are jerks and don't like to take responsibility for anything let alone animals especially when they get old they tend to push the responsibility on someone else. i had another dog named ginger a Bassett hound she caught cancer a few years back every dog i see reminds me of her once again couldn't stop crying, I love animals and feel bad for all the times I treated one unjustly it hurts to be honest. I have had parrotkeets that died all of a sudden. my little bro accidentally stomped a kitten we had I'm still not over that and I was nine. I have had cats and dogs that we had to get rid of cause my mom was a bitch. one time we had a declawed cat an my step dad abandoned it in a park. couldn't get over that one either. and the first dog we ever owned Tara my dad used to abuse her and it was fucking sad. i even cried when my ex girlfriends dogs died they were annoying but I loved them so it's not a bad thing to get an animal after you have lost one just dont ever be afraid to love again. Animals are family and friends even if they have to eventually leave this mortal coil. I used to have a cat in NY named Dusty I'm here in Wyoming now it's been eight months and I miss that little bastard. I wanna visit him soon.

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    • exactly animals are family members too
      i've buried her in my backyard and i bring her flowers everyday :(

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    • try to think of all the things she did that made you laugh and feel happy. I would say watch all dogs go to heaven but that movie is sad AF and always made me cry. like the sisterhood of traveling pants.

    • i have way too many good memories of her and it makes me cry to think of them
      and i think that watching a movie about dogs going to heaven will worsen how i feel at the moment
      but thanks anyway i appreciate your concern

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  • That's absolutely normal! I'm so sorry for your loss. :( Losing a pet is very hard because for many of us, they are more than just pets, they are part of your family. One of my dogs passed away over a year ago and I still feel sad when I think about her. I cried for days after it happened.

    Pets bring great joy to our lives so it's understandable for anyone to be upset and grieve when they lose their pet. It will get easier as time goes on and maybe one day you will feel like it's time to get another pet. That doesn't mean you are replacing her, it just means you have enough room in your heart to give love to more animals who may need you which is a great thing! I know it sucks right now but you will get through it, I promise. ❤️

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  • it's quite normal doe you to feel this way towards your friends death. It is normal to never want another pet bc that per was your best friend. this tells me a lot about who you are. you are loyal, devoted friend and very loving, you appreciate and valued your closeness with you pet. all qualities I want in a best friend and lover. no other pet will ever be able to replace the relationship you had with your dachshund. how lucky your pet was to have a devoted friend like you. what was your pets name?

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  • I felt the same way when my dog Cooper passed away. I was 8 though but yes he was a very important part of my life and it was pretty hard to move on. I even started to hope I will die soon just so I can see him. But I just have it time and after a while, I started to accept the loss of Cooper and move on. A few months later, I got another dog named Kallie and she is a labradoodle. I love to snuggle with her a lot so if you miss having a dog, feel free to get another one. I'm sure your dog won't feel that he is being replaced. The only thing I'd, you'll have to train then again and a lot of your stuff will probably be chewed😀. When I was 10, my parents hid my chewed up train engine from me for months (as it costed $100 and I loved model railroading) because they thought I would hate Kallie if i found out. But eventually they gave me a new one and I forgave Kallie.

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    • so each time you were given a new pet.. it didn't make you sad?

    • No not really. I only had 2 dogs in my life Kallie and Cooper and I was actually very exited to get Kallie. I really wanted a puppy because they were so cute.

    • yea puppies are adorable

  • Yes, it's absolutely normal to feel that way. I've had a hamster and a Guinny Pig that died in me, then a dog that broke out of the yard when we where moving away (never found her before we left,) and my moms parrot that I was made responsible for died. They were super sad, some more than others, and I swore off having pets again and years later I still can't own a pet.

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  • Yes it's normal to feel the way you do, i loss my dog last March of 2016
    i still feel the effects and I'm so sorry on your loss and you have my deepest sympathy.
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  • It sucks losing a pet. Sometimes it feels like we have a stronger bond with them than any people. My dog died a few years ago and I remember how sad that was even though we weren't really close. It's gonna sting really bad when my cat dies though..

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    • yea you feel like there a sharp pain you can't get rid of... i cry about her everyday since

  • There is no such thing as just a pet. Our pets mean a lot to us. They are significant and we have emotional pulls. What you are feeling is very normal. It is hard, it will take time to get past.

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  • Shit, I still miss my cat (a tuxedo) every now and again (he was my boy), and it's been over ten years...

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  • it's perfectly normal to feel that way when you lose a family member... I was in the same state when I lost a cat named midnight, he was my best friend for 10 years.

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  • Very normal. I know I will be a hige mess after my dog will eventually pass in the coming years.

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  • Sorry 😔 I lost my dog too, he got hit by a car

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  • It may be just a pet, but it was your pet and part of your family. People can get closer to their pets then other people as pet will not judge and can be there for you when times are tough...

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  • Yeah it's normal
    Pets can be like family

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  • I am sorry

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  • I understand

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  • i understand how you feel

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  • You feel upset that someone you cared died. You're asking if its normal to feel upset? yes.

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    • am upset and depressed and really sad

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    • You might feel like that now but I'd say you'd feel much better after you have one. HOWEVER I could be wrong and it could act as a constant reminder. its difficult.

    • its difficult

  • I lost two of my cats when i was a kid. I never had a pet after that. It hurts

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  • It is normal.. they are family too. Sorry for your loss.

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  • I don't understand why you would ask a question and reject a certain answer but I do have to say it's perfectly normal

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    • I've been told "its just a pet" and the ones who said it clearly have no idea how i feel.. reason why i don't wanna hear it

  • So there are also Dog angels 🤔

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  • Awww its totally normal.
    Firstly sorry to hear about your dog but im sure it was her time to live in a better place called heaven where she will meet all her other dogs friends and maybe even her own families.
    U think her as your child so Just think she is your babygirl and u loved her and then one day she grown up and got married then left for a happy life
    You did right by taking care of her specially as her own motherbut she could be watching you and if she sees your tears then she wouldn't be happy soul.
    But dont worry as time goes by u will slowly heal from the sadness but u should be more proud than sad because u just let a soul leave this earth in a healthy and full of love and care❤️

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  • Yeah totally normal. It's like losing a family member.

    I personally don't understand because I'm not an animal lover. But we had a labradoodle called Maisey and my parents gave her away without asking if I wanted to keep her, I was distraught, I have never had a bond like that with a pet before, she lit up when she saw me and was so big it was like hugging a human and would stand up on her back legs for a cuddle. I miss her like crazy.

    Ignore those that belittle your feelings,

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  • i still miss my cats even after they passed5 years ago, they got sick from their boosters and died (both of them) my 15 year old dog had to be put down last year and i still get super water works over it all

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  • Oh noooo :'( I'm so sorry to hear this. It's perfectly normal. Give yourself time to grieve. I have a dachshund child at home aswell. Don't know what I would do without her.

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    • :( i really loved her
      it breaks my heart to know that she ain't here anymore

  • of course, I cried with all my pets

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