it's been 1 year since my beagle died. he was the only dog we had. got him when i was 12, grew up with him. i'm now 25, he was 13 when he died. even though a year has gone by, i still cry every now and then. well, just thought i wanted to share this with someone.
It takes forever.
My beagle died 9 years ago , he was 14. Last year my son surprised me and I got a new beagle.
Still when I just think about my late beagle I cry, for a long time I just didn't want another dog because I didn't want the same pain.
My youngest son got Ben when he was in kindergarten. He was a run away, and the vet thought he was 18 months old. Ben passed away in his arms last Halloween. Ben was one week away from being 19 years old. We miss him a lot. My son still wakes up at night and thinks he is there.
I have 3 beagles now, they are the best dogs ever.
My beagle boy, Snoopy, died last year. He was defending the yard and his older brother, Bou, from coyotes but they overwhelmed him. I still cry when I think about it and miss him a lot. I rescued another beagle named Baxter about a month after but I still cry when I see Snoopy's picture or think about it.
It never goes away! If your lucky enough to have the love of one of these wonderful dogs you have been blessed. I got my Beagle in 1990 when he was 9 wks old. Kinda stayed separate from the other pups and just sat and looked around. So I knew he had to be mine. Constant companion, loved riding in my truck setting in my lap with his nose out the window (0f course). In 2005 I had to have him put down. He was getting several cyists, had epilepsy, and was not doing well. Rather than have him suffer, I let him go and rest and play with others. Ill see him again I think!
You should get another beagle. Seriously. The love you have for your previous beagle won't be diminished by the love you give to the next. There are very few things in life nicer than bringing home a new pup, and I'm sure there's perfect one waiting for you. You just have to look.
For every hello there is a goodbye. It happens all too soon in the dog world. Whenever I get a dog I remind myself of this. As a child I lost a beloved dog, and my parents said no more. That made it worse. Now I have three Beagles, and I will not be without a dog as long as is possible. I've made arrangements for the present dogs, if something should happen to my husband and me. Since that childhood loss I have learned to try again. Saving rescue dogs has helped, because I know that 2 of mine would have been euthanized if I hadn't taken them. That helps heal the old sorrows. I still sometimes weep when I see a Dalmatian. I had to put an old girl to sleep 30 years ago. It's OK to feel sorrow over the loss of our dear friends, and it is OK to love others who need us.
Thank you all for adding to this thread. I think it is getting better. I haven't cried in a while. Being busy also helps. But every now and then, I will still have those dreams where he's still there, and either 2 things can happen: either i realize it's just a dream and gain consciousness, or I realize he's not supposed to be there but just try to stay asleep to spend more time with him. But still, i usually end up waking up no matter how much I try to fight it.
Again, thank you all for your posts. I doubt I'll be able to have another one. Happy new year.
We lost our Sam last March 16 (13 yrs) -It was the hardest thing we have ever had to do. She was a 6 week old pound puppy - I don't ever think you truely get over the loss - I think about her and talk about her EVERY day. Now, it does get easier - I don't cry as much but I do get choked up reading these stories or when I see another beagle! I don't know what it is about those dogs but I will never forget her - her loyalty and love was like nothing I've ever experienced before.
We are getting a new pup in the spring - yes, a beagle - and as painful as parting is - the years until then are worth every tear.