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shaina careyshaina carey south glens fallsPosts: 228Member
is it ok to greive for a dog that has been gone for three years? everytime i see a picture of a norwegian elkhound i think about our dog jasmine.

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  • Maggie-Lee HuckMaggie-Lee Huck ChristchurchPosts: 1,128Member
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    I sure hope it is okay. My sweet Abigail died at the ripe old age of 18 years about 8 years ago. Last year I was in North America and went into an Orbis shop in Boston. They had one of those stuffed fluffy dog toys, what we called Abigails "muffin". I burst into tears. I no longer greive loudly and painfully for her every day....of course not. I've moved on have new dogs that I adore. But my Abby will always have a special special spot.
  • Jayj GJayj G BlancoPosts: 1,218Member
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    Of course! My dogs that I lost within 3 months of each other, 2 years ago, and I'm still sad about it! I don't think you will ever get over it, don't let anybody say you will or that "It was just a dog", you may be less sad and be living a new "normal" but you will always miss your dog and be sad for her.
  • Julie McCannJulie McCann Posts: 14Member
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    awwww im soooo sorry i still get teary eyes when i see a picture of a beagle because when i as 6 years old i lost my dear dog chloe when she got hit by a car, she was my birthday presant when i was 5 soo she was young, but it is ok to grieve for a dog no matter how long its been Hugs and kisses, Rambo
  • Ashley FosterAshley Foster Arizona / AlaskaPosts: 863Member
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    I am so sorry to hear about your loss :'( My very first dog was an Irish Setter - my parents had had them when they were younger, and both me and my sister each had our own. I still get emotional when I see one, or pictures of mine or my sisters'. Grieving is normal, and in my opinion, healthy. You can't deal with death if you don't grieve.
  • Erika DavisErika Davis TallahasseePosts: 213Member
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    Its Ok to grieve for however long you need to. I passed away 3 years ago tomorrow. My mom had me for 13 years and she still cries occasionally when she sees something that reminds her of me. Its rare now but little things set it off. The only thing that decides whether or not its "Ok" to grieve is you. Everyone is different.
  • tiff anytiff any Posts: 260Member
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    It is okay. Sometimes I still grieve over the loss of my dog of 15 years. When she died of old age about 5 years ago I didn't think I wanted another dog or just not very soon. It wasn't until last year I truly let myself have closure because of my new dog. She's not the same breed, but kinda close and reminds me of the things that made me love my dog so much.
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