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Is it okay to want another pet if they died recently? How long to wait.

Updated: Jun 13, 2018

Is it okay to want another pet i yours died recently? How long to wait.

Depending on the kind of person you are you might think two different things after the death of your beloved pet:

  • 'I will never ever get another pet again'

  • 'I want a new pet right now'

Both of these ways to recover from the pain aren't correct:

  • Closing your heart like a grumpy old man will bring you more sadness than joy. It's like saying 'I don't want to be in a relationship anymore because of the last one I had'. Life has in store so many good things that you would be a fool to close the door without even looking at them.

  • A new pet is not a replacement. It's a brand-new living being. You don't want to rush things.

First of all, you have to face and accept your loss.

Take your time, it won't be easy.

Don't close your heart to a new friend and don't try to avoid what happened by focusing on new pets.

Take some time for yourself; start a new hobby or take a little vacation.

You will be surprised to see how much your life can change when we take time for ourselves.

If you have other pets, you are not alone.

Sometime it can be hard to cuddle your other pets without bursting into tears thinking about the one you just lost.

It's okay.

They are your friends too and they are there for you. It's not their fault what happened and they deserve your attention and love. Try to do even more activities with them to build new happy memories.

Talk about it with your friends and family

If decided that it's time to take a new pet, talk about it with family and friends. They can help you understand if you are ready to start this new journey.

Always consider all the responsibilities that come from having a new pet so only do it if you have the time and resources to take care of them.

It's a matter of destiny

I was one of those persons that said 'I will never have a dog again'. I have my four cats who were there for me during my grief and my family didn't want a new dog either.

I was broken and hurt and I could have never loved a new dog.

Just two months after my dog's death my path crossed with a little chihuahua puppy during a brief vacation near the beach.

The same night, I couldn't stop thinking about that cute puppy.

I follow my instinct as if it was a strict law, so the next day I went looking for my Chihuahua puppy on the internet.

When I told my parents I was going to bring a new puppy home they told me very clearly they didn't want him since they were still recovering from our loss.

I brought my little Kiwi home the next month.


All my family loved him from the very beginning.

If you are a decent human being, you cannot not love an innocent animal that just needs love and affection.

Do I regret having a new pet after two months of my pet' s death?

I don't.

Having a new dog didn't make my pain less intense.

Nor did it make me forget my dog.

On the contrary having a new puppy in my life warms my aching heart and teaches me that as long as we are willing to give and receive love then we are happy.

Let me know in the comments if my article helped you and how long have you wanted for a new pet ❁



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