Dealing With the Loss of a Dog

Being a senior dog sanctuary, I have to deal with the loss of a dog more frequently than most. Alot of people ask me how I do it. It’s not easy I must admit. Some days are harder than others, but it is part of what I do. It is the hardest part….but it is the time in each one of these dog’s life when they need me the most. It is the time in their life that I must be strong for them no matter how much it hurts. I don’t get to cry and be emotional. I have to wait until they have passed for that release. When the end is near I have to be strong and smile and be calm. It helps them to stay calm. It makes it easier for them. I am the person that strokes their head and holds their paw and looks deep into their eyes and tells them it’s going to be ok. I am there for them when their owner couldn’t be.

Some of the dogs were brought here because they outlived their owners and had nowhere to go. For those I tell them that it’s ok to let go and that their owner is waiting for them at Rainbow Bridge. For the others, whose owners chose not to honor their obligation of a life long commitment,  I tell them that I will meet them at the Rainbow Bridge and to wait there for me. I tell them to find Mureille and that she will show them the ropes and keep an eye out for them until I get there.

For each dog that passes, I hang a windchime with their name on it. When the wind blows and the chimes are ringing it makes me smile. I  think of them and all the funny things they did and their quirky ways and it helps. You know, sometimes those chimes ring and there is no wind at all! I like to think it’s them just saying hi.

Each one of these dogs has a piece of my heart. Each one I make a commitment to for life. It is a commitment that I take very seriously. I don’t do many adoptions. It is the rare person that is willing to adopt a senior.  Most of the guys I get will be here for whatever time they have left. Some are here for a few months and others for a few years. It is hard when they go but in my heart I know that I did all I could for them and that they wanted for nothing. In the short time that they were here, they were loved enough for a lifetime. It’s all I can do.

Please consider clicking the link below and making a donation so we can give the very best care to the senior dogs in our program. If you would like to donate a windchime, make a donation in the amount of $15 and make sure to note that it is for a windchime or email me at and let me know. Thank you for your support!

About Mureille's Place - A Senior Dog Sanctuary

I operate a small home based 501c3 senior dog rescue called Mureille's Place named for our 1st senior dog Mureille (pronounced Mer-Ray). I eat, sleep and breath senior dogs. I am married to my wonderful husband Kirk.
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1 Response to Dealing With the Loss of a Dog

  1. Darleen says:

    You are an angel !

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