My friend lost her dog today, a rambunctious Boston Terrier named Sabrett. She is utterly devastated and was almost inconsolable at the time. I was at a loss for words at what to say, to give her comfort for a loss that to her was an equivalent to a human family member. I understand that relationship dynamic with a pet because I have a cat that I’ve had since my early 20’s and well I love him more than I like a lot of 2 legged beings. Not everyone understand the loss you feel with the loss of a pet, especially people who are not pet owners and lovers, but loss is a bird of a different color altogether.
I know some of you may read this and think “Its a dog, you can get another one, it’s not a big deal”, but it’s really not as simple as that. Emotional attachment and investment can make all the difference in the world when it comes to loss. One person sees a worthless tarnished old key as a rusty relic while that same key to someone else is a key to unlock a safe deposit box containing a sentimental treasures. Perception is everything and if you not looking through the same glasses you are bound to see the picture differently. Even if i don’t feel the loss of someone, some pet, or something that same as someone else i don’t value it any less. A loss in any form is still a loss.