How do you explain the loss of a pet to kids?

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hollie1490

Asked by hollie1490 at 12:38 AM on Nov. 18, 2008 in Pets

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  • Say...
    it ran away...??

    Im kidding,

    Tell them the truth...
    He/she, is dead,...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:50 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • At that age my parents lied to us and said that they had ran away, or that they had given the pet away to a family that really needed it.

    I wish that they had told me the truth...I had very little/no experience with death when my Gram died when I was 15, and I think that had they been truthful I would have at least understood better.

    IMO tell the 6 year old the truth. The 2 year old will likely forget what you tell him anyways.
    CarolynBarnett

    Answer by CarolynBarnett at 12:57 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • Sit them down and tell them that it was time for the dog to go to doggie heaven and he will be taken very good care of there and will always be happy.
    Xee

    Answer by Xee at 1:05 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • If you have had anyone pass away say the doggie went to go take care of them..Our grandmother just past and my 4 year old brother said "o so she is with domino" wich was our dog he understood pretty good
    gracie43008

    Answer by gracie43008 at 1:20 AM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • I tell them they ran away and got married. Seriously. Theyre too little to understand death and itll just upset them. When they get older theyll figure out animals dont run off and get married. Worked with all my kids (oldest is 19 now) and didnt damage them in the long run. In fact my teenagers get a good laugh about it now.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:26 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • Type in rainbow heaven and look up that site. www.rainbowbridge.com should take you there. It is a poem for children about the loss of their pet. It explains that fido after all these yrs went there and he will be missed. It is a great poem and I even printed it out for my grandchildren for their children...at least it is a ture concept for them to know...So sorry about your loss....
    doglovergranny

    Answer by doglovergranny at 3:29 PM on Nov. 18, 2008

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  • I had to let go and put my dog to sleep this past August. I have a 2 year old also. I told her that Bailey (our dog) is up in heaven now with God. I explained to her that heaven is in the sky and that Bailey can see her from the sky where ever she is. My daughter always looks up into the sky and says hi to Bailey.
    GoGreenMom68

    Answer by GoGreenMom68 at 8:48 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

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  • Im so glad this question is still open. We recently had to discuss this with our daughter. We sat on her bed. We said our dog was old and sort of gotten sleepy and dizzy and he died that morning. he was not in any pain. My husband commented to our daughter that it was important to tell her the truth because he never wanted to lie to her over and over again when she asked about our pet dying. We let her cry a little bit and answered any questions. We told her our plan to bury him in the back yard in between our trees. It was closure for her to know where exactly he was. We ended up talking about our dog for about an hour and settled into a good mood. He ran away alot but we aaaaaaalways rescued him we giggled.
    3gigglemonsters

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 4:51 PM on Feb. 5, 2010

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