Pet owners, Is it good or bad to jump right back in?
My dad never replaced his dog. He got Suzie when he was 9 and she died when he was 25.
But does the pain of losing one get worse because you lost more than one?
Was his life better because he never went through that pain again?
I know Splinter was my first loved pet and the rat boys in Petco, that I have been visiting since they got them in, are not him. Never will be him.
They won't sit on my lap and watch TV with me for months yet. They will pee on my keyboard and chew my power cord. They might even get loose in the house (oh lord, not that again!!!!)
But on the other hand, they are something alive in the house.
I could hold them.
They would have each other if I don't.
One book said a single rat will bond with you much more than a pair who have each other.
But I can always get the dog
Next question...can I go to petco and not cry?
And DON'T stop playing when I'm around! I can laugh at funny stuff!
Just ignore the crazy lady holding the dead rat in the corner!
(no, not anymore. I left him at the vet because I knew I would sit here all day and hold him....I'm a little too young to be that crazy! Besides I did it all last night, and for an hour at the vet...and he is still gone.)
I apologize to everyone here who had people crisis in their lives right now.
Woot has always been the place to go for pet stuff. Ex military and ex cops come here to be sad when their pets die, because somehow you don't get time off work, or people being extra nice to you in the real world for stuff like that. Or, you just don't go to work and tell people how sad you are about a loss pet. The woot relationships are perfect for it.
I'm going to get the boys. Maybe even the two tan ones, even though they are not as pretty, because those two are always together when I go visit.
Yeah, I can try to find some just old enough babies....but I've been talking to this cage of rats for weeks now, I should take some.
I hope I don't get a biter.
At least they will make noise.
Although.....in NYC among the rich manhattan crowd, I bet people do take off for pet deaths.
My niece, the dog, I absolutely think my sil and bil will take off. They live their lives around that dog!
Bought the dog a country house, bought the dog a car (can't take the dog on the train). If you sleep over, the dog will wake you up by walking on you (and she weighs 140 lbs!)