quote:Originally posted by Rothko:
I've never been able to come up with a satisfactory answer as to why dogs don't live longer lives. They grow old so quickly; it can be heartbreaking.
When my prior dog, a Finnish Spitz, had to be put down about 5 years ago, it absolutely broke my heart. He was a true pain in the a$$, but he was our dog, and we loved him and he loved us, unconditionally. Even as I type this I'm getting misty-eyed. I didn't want to get another dog, because I didn't want to go through that pain again.
Of course, I got overruled by the rest of the family, so now we have two dogs. And while they are a joy, there is a shadow of bitter-sweetness, knowing that one day I am going to have to go through that pain again.
It's because the return into our lives is far greater than the pain. I absolutely share your feelings of grief over the loss of my previous canine companions, but it seems to be a necessary bookend to give full value to the joy and contentment that they bring into our lives in the meantime.