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Advice On Explaining Death Of Beloved Dog To A 22 Month Old?

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Advice On Explaining Death Of Beloved Dog To A 22 Month Old?

Postby Halfon » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:31 pm

Does anyone have any advice for a situation like this? We have three dogs, but my son has really bonded with this dog (a 10 year old boxer). We just found out she has advanced colon cancer. They said we could keep her comfortable for maybe a couple months, but would then need to put her down as there is nothing that can be done. My son does care much about our other two dogs, but loves this dog. He follows her around, constantly hugs her, cuddles with her, she loves him too. How do I explain to my son why his buddy is gone? I'm heartbroken over losing my beloved dog, but just as heartbroken over having to explain her absence to my son. Any advice?
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Postby Maolmin » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:37 pm

When my daughter was about that age we had to have our cat put down.
She loved him a lot too and carried him around and played with him all the time.
I was really worried how she would react to him being gone suddenly but surprisingly she never once asked for him.


We looked at pictures today and he was in one and she didn't even know that was our cat (she knew his name before but now she just said "look kitty!").

So I guess you might not need to explain anything at all or he will probably forget fairly quickly.
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Postby Connlaoth » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:40 pm

JUST TELL 'EM THE DOG'S DEAD
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Postby Maxwell » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:52 pm

He is will see her decline.
So it will be easier for him to understand than you think.
You might even ask your vet about how to talk to children about losing a pet.
They likely have resources that you can go to for help.

And depending on your beliefs you might talk about how God cares for all living things.
And about how God is there for them even when their time on earth is over.

I am so sorry that you are going through this.
I have lost two dogs to cancer in recent years, so I understand that it is very difficult.
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Postby Talford » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:22 pm

When my niece's dog died when she was 3, we explained that he was going to heaven to live with her grandmother and one day she would see them again.
We watched the movie "All Dogs go to Heaven" it help her to understand that even animals go to heaven.
She was very upset and like adults, we just had to give her time.
Most would say go out and get another dog, but I disagree.
When they are ready to move on, they will let you know.
Then you may look into getting another one.
Also, you may want to take lots and lots of picture with the dog before she passes.
That way your son will have something to look back on when he is ready.
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Postby Ulz » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:31 pm

Kids at this age have very little understanding of what "death" might mean. It is up to you to explain it in a way that makes sense to your personal beliefs. Some people say the pet "went to heaven" and some have other explanations. Keep it very simple. Also make sure that you remind your son that the dog loved him, and that the dog did not leave because of anything your son did, and also show him your feelings too. Let him know it is okay to be sad, but be prepared that at this stage sadness can come out as temper, mischief, or irritability. Try to cut your son a little extra slack, but keep him on his normal routines and try to keep everything else stay familiar.
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