Losing a Heart Dog: Adopting A New Dog While Grieving For The Dog Of My Life

If you never lost a heart dog, it is impossible for you to understand the amount of pain that brings.

To draw you a picture, I lost Jasmine, my heart dog, and my brother within one month. Jasmine’s passing hurt more.

Losing a Heart Dog: Adopting A New Dog While Grieving For The Dog Of My Life

Jasmine

Jasmine has been and always will be the dog of my life.

She’s the one who turned me from somebody who thought dogs were okay into a dog person. Well, let’s be honest here, she turned me into a dog slave.

Jasmine was not only part of my life, but she was also part of myself. Her passing was as if somebody ripped the marrow out of my bones.

I cannot give a grieving advice

My grieving process has been messy and I don’t consider myself qualified to give any tips on grieving.

The things that helped me the most were photo and video memories of our times together, and working with the animal communicator. That has been a big comfort to me. I was very thankful to be able to remain connected to Jasmine on a spiritual level.

Another dog? No way!

I was not ready to get another dog.

While hubby kept saying he missed having two dogs in the house, and that JD really wants somebody to play with, I felt that I needed a good long time before I’d consider getting one.

But as it turns out, Jasmine wanted me to do this. I felt her telling me that. She wanted me to safe another one.

Enter Cookie

And so I started talking about it, and we started seriously looking for a dog to adopt.

It had to be a Rottweiler, or at least a Rottweiler mix. After all, it was to honor Jasmine’s memory.

And then came Cookie. Cookie is a sweetheart on four legs. She truly is.

Could she ever replace Jasmine? Certainly not. Adopting Cookie was never meant to replace Jasmine, but to honor her. Cookie now has a new life, thanks to Jasmine.

Cookie gets to reap the fruits of Jasmine’s labor. And I know that pleases Jasmine.

As adorable and loving as Cookie is, I found myself guarding my feelings. No, I didn’t want to fall for another dog as hard as I did for Jasmine.

But Cookie’s sweet soul has its way of getting under one’s skin.

While the place in my heart that belonged to Jasmine will always belong to her, I found out there is some extra room in there for Cookie. Cookie doesn’t need to take Jasmine’s place in my heart, they can reside there side by side.

Jasmine’s legacy

Does loving Cookie and being loved by her make me miss Jasmine less?

No, it does not. There isn’t anything in this world that could do that. I tell you one thing, though.

I am certainly too busy now to have much time for grieving.

Cookie is a youngster who just discovered there is more to life than the end of a lead line. And she wants to make the best of it. Keeping her occupied and out of trouble is pretty much a full-time job.

I still miss Jasmine just as much as I did before we got Cookie. But I have much less time to dwell on it.

Related articles:
From The End Of A Lead Line To Casa Jasmine: Meet Cookie, Our New Adoptee

Further reading:
Why Losing a Pet Hurts So Much

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Jana Rade

I am a graphic designer, dog health advocate, writer, and author. Jasmine, the Rottweiler of my life, was the largest female from her litter. We thought we were getting a healthy dog. Getting a puppy from a backyard breeder was our first mistake. Countless veterinary visits without a diagnosis or useful treatment later, I realized that I had to take Jasmine's health care in my own hands. I learned the hard way that merely seeing a vet is not always enough. There is more to finding a good vet than finding the closest clinic down the street. And, sadly, there is more to advocating for your dog's health than visiting a veterinarian. It should be enough, but it often is not. With Jasmine, it took five years to get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, other problems had snowballed for that in the meantime. Jasmine's health challenges became a crash course in understanding dog health issues and how to go about getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. I had to learn, and I had to learn fast. Helping others through my challenges and experience has become my mission and Jasmine's legacy. I now try to help people how to recognize and understand signs of illness in their dogs, how to work with their veterinarian, and when to seek a second opinion. My goal is to save others the steep curve of having to learn things the hard way as I did. That is the mission behind my blog and behind my writing. That is why I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, which has turned out being an award-winning guide to dog owners. What I'm trying to share encompasses 20 years of experience.

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