Dear Abby

Dear Abby: Fear of losing his beloved pet keeps man up at night

 

Dear Abby: I have written to you before, and your advice served me well. I have another problem now, and I don’t know what to do about it.

I am a childless man, but I have owned my dog for 12 years. I work from home and we are together constantly. Honestly, Abby, he is the joy of my life.

My problem is I live in constant fear of losing him. I know it will break my heart, and I’m not sure I can deal with it. At night, when I rub his belly at bedtime and see the love in his eyes, I can’t sleep for thinking about the day when he will no longer be with me.

I know he’s “just a dog,” but he has been my kid for all this time. Do you have any advice for me?

Afraid of the Loss

I understand your feelings. I doubt there is any pet owner who hasn’t had one special departed pet who lives on forever in his or her heart.

My advice to you is to not spoil one more precious second you have with your dog by worrying about what will eventually happen. You knew going in that your dog would have a certain life span. That’s the “deal” we make when we become animal guardians.

When the time comes, talk to your veterinarian about support groups in which you can share your feelings. And don’t be surprised when you find out you are one of many.

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Read more Health stories from the Miami Herald

  • Skin Deep

    FDA warns about not using Expression as a filler

    It never ceases to amaze me how some people can take injections so lightly. Yes, they are cosmetic and non-invasive, but these treatments require the training and skill only an experienced dermatologist, plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon or oculoplastic surgeon possess. Every week I have at least one patient that comes to me to correct filler injected by an inexperienced or inartistic doctor.

  •  
 <span class="cutline_leadin">Staying safe: </span>Research indicates sunscreen is hurting the oceans.

    Environment

    Study: Sunscreen may harm the sea life

    It’s a crowded Sunday at the 14th street section of South Beach.

  •  
 <span class="cutline_leadin">AFTER AN ACCIDENT:</span> A former paddleboard competitor and bodybuilder, Melina Cherry, who runs SUP the Workout in Coconut Grove, first tried stand-up paddleboarding after a car accident left her with a serious neck injury. She teaches students, from novice to experienced, different paddling techniques and conditioning exercises to help get them in shape.

    Fitness

    Indoor stand-up paddleboard class in Coconut Grove is a first

    Indoor stand-up paddleboard class teaches the proper strokes and gives you quite the workout

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category