It is interesting how one ties ones life to another creature. I have had a dog for thirteen years. She is dying of bone cancer and my heart is breaking. This is not a grief that one can share with others as if your child or your parent were dying. No she is not a child, but she is a spirit which I have shared my life with for many years. We know each other well, as with anything you live with for some time.
She has had a good dog life. She has never had a fence, never been chained, always allowed to sleep on the bed...in return she has given me so much...I will miss her. Just how much is something that only our family can understand.