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Losing A Dog Can Be As Hard As Losing A Loved One, Researchers Reveal

Those who don’t have dogs as pets cannot comprehend the exceptionally strong bond people have with them. They are the only ones that give unconditional love and expect nothing in return.  

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We are accustomed to seeing them run around the yard, and welcome us home. Everyone who has a dog considers it a part of the family. The loss of a dog can be comparable to the loss of a family member.

When we spend time with dogs, the same hormones are released in our brains as when we spend time with our friends.

There’s a great joy in living with a pet. We talk to them, go for walks, hug them, and some of us even sleep with our dogs. We have a routine with them, and our lives seem useless without it.

Dogs live for around 13 years, and that time is enough for us to become really close to them. That closeness is the same we have with our relatives and friends. So, our dog’s death can really be heartbreaking for us, and make us feel empty.

When dogs die, there are no ceremonies, no condolences, and no cultural grieving process.

People who don’t own a pet dog can’t understand the sorrow dog owners feel when losing it, and thinks it’s overreacting. You have to attend social gatherings and can’t have any understanding at work, since this experience isn’t considered worth grieving over.

They think it’s stupid to be sad, since it’s ‘just a dog’. But it’s not ‘just a dog’. It’s our best friend. We shouldn’t feel embarrassed about showing public grief.

People have to complete their grieving process in order to move on with their lives. So, be supportive if someone you know goes through this traumatic and painful experience.

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