Dear Uncleal. How are you feeling today?
I know the devastation of losing a beloved animal companion. When I lost my golden retriever when he was nearly 16 in 2007 I cried like never before, and I found there just wasn’t a great support network out there, as not everyone has pet and can feel your pain. I still miss by boy 12 years later.
But I think more and more these days there is recognition of the hardship one can go through losing a pet, and the richness that pets bring to our lives.
I did a quick google search just now and it looks like there is a small number of Australian based pet loss support lines you could call. Also, have you considered giving the BeyondBlue hotline a call just to have a chat? I think often having the opportunity to get stuff off your chest, even if all the other person does is listens, can do wonders.
Also, if you ever find yourself caught up in sad thoughts for your little friend, have you read the story of Rainbow Bridge? It’s a beautiful snippet of what animals face when they leave their beloved families behind on earth. It makes me feel better when I read it. A simple google search will find it.
I don’t know how best to help you, but I hope you can keep active and maintain human ties (be it family, friends, etc) during this difficult time. While I know from experience - when feeling sad - that it is tempting to stay at home in your own company, I think some fresh air, sunlight and just some little catch ups with others could be wonderful for you.
Could you check in some time soon to let us know how you’re travelling?
Thinking of you. Big hugs.
And Geoff - all the best for the big game today!