I have no idea how to deal with this. I seem to have had a much easier time letting go of pets when I was younger.
She was 5 when he passed. He was old and sick and didn't play with the kids much. He more or less tolerated them. He liked their petting, but never sought them out for attention. So in other words, they weren't close or didn't have much of a bond. Anyhow, fast forward a year and a half and all of a sudden she is crying at night because she misses our dog. She keeps asking me for a pet, but I really don't want one. Losing him was hard enough, not to mention I know it will be ME that ends up training and taking care of any pet we get.
I explain to her that he is in a better place and that he doesn't have pain and doesn't have the huge tumor on his side. I don't know what else to say. I just don't know how she feels so sad about it out of the blue and nothing I say helps.
Any suggestions? And by suggestions I mean anything that doesn't include buying or acquiring a new pet.
I know there are books out there geared toward children of her age to help her deal w/ the loss of her pet. If you are against her getting any other type of pet to fill the void, then are there friends or relatives who would allow her to co-parent one of theirs? She could visit once a week to get her animal fix. :) GL
Answer by mrsmom110 at 9:17 AM on Dec. 8, 2012
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