I would like to wish all of you a happy and blessed 2009. Your words of consolation at the passing of our beloved pet were comforting and reassuring. Thank you and God bless you for being so kind and compassionate.
When the Critter passed away, it affected not just me, but other people in my immediate family as well. I have heard via some very wise sources that getting another dog significantly helps with the grieving process. While I'm inclined to do just that, part of me hesitates for a number of reasons. On the other hand, it seems cowardly not to proceed, especially if the main reason for not doing so is out of fear of facing the disheartening possibility of losing another pet. What would you do?
I keep going back to this quote by C.S.Lewis:
“There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless -it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.”
~From the book The Four Loves.
I highly welcome your advice.