A few weeks ago my family dog passed away. His name was Rudy and my parents got him my freshman year of college. He was like a little furry, four legged brother to me and I am still very upset by his death. He took me to college, cuddled with me on holidays, and always loved talking to me on Skype. To some people this may seem weird but to our family Rudy was everything, he was as much a part of the family as a blood relative. He went everywhere with my dad - rode on his shoulders in Lowe's and in the car, hung out a baseball practice, etc. He had tons of neighborhood doggie friends. He was a great cuddler and a good listener. I'm sure we've all told him secrets that only he knows.
To some, this seems weird. Others don't grieve for their pets the way we do. We didn't have a pet for so long and it seemed like once we got Rudy there was no other pet in the world. It is really weird to have a thing that you care for that loves you unconditionally. He loves you when you're sad, when you're happy, when you're frustrated. He loves you when you don't even think he does. To a pet you are their whole world and it saddens me to know he will no longer be a part of ours.
After he died I began to think about grief. I realized it was a really selfish sort of thing....you're sad because you've lost something important but then you start to think 'How am I supposed to' do this or do that. 'How am I supposed to move on?' Grieving is weird and it is even more weird when you're grieving for a pet. But honestly, when something so tiny depends on you so much and then all of a sudden they aren't there.....its super hard to understand.
Anyway, I'm missing little baby Roodle a whole heck of a lot. My cousin sells a line called Origami Owl. It is a jewelry line of customizable lockets that you can fill with charms, inscription plates, etc. The line is really pretty and I made a memory locket in memory of Baby Roo. Some times the way we love our pets is intense and to the ends of the earth.
We all loved you Baby Roo.