The Best Way to Heal a Broken Heart


Some people are so devastated by the loss of their pets that they can never bring themselves to get another.  But for many, the best way to heal a broken heart is by opening it to another who needs your love.


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Bear, my black lab passed away after 16 years. I was heartbroken. I cried for seven months. I was beside myself. My boyfriend said, “We have to get you another dog.” I said “no, I’m not ready.” He said, “Well, let’s just go look.”

We went to an adoption event, but all the dogs were larger. I had heard smaller dogs live longer, and I wasn’t ready to lose another dog for years to come. So I sat on the floor like a child and cried.

The woman asked what I was looking for, and I told her a small dog. She had just come from a shelter and said she saw the cutest little guy there. I just wanted to go home, but my boyfriend insisted we go look.

Once there, all the dogs came to greet me. I have a difficult time with that, always want to take them all home. Then there he was, the little cutie. They took him and me to a back room to see how we got along.

I was determined not to take him home. He danced around the floor, sat in front of me and looked me in the eye. I held steadfast, still determined. Then he jumped into my lap and put his nose on mine and stared at me in the eye, that’s when I looked around at my boyfriend and nodded yes!

That was four years ago. I still miss my Bear every day, but Spencer rescued me from my grief. I love my little baby boy so much, and he loves his momma! <3


Betsy – Brockport, NY


103 thoughts on “The Best Way to Heal a Broken Heart”

  1. I lost my German Shepard Bullet in 2006 and I couldn’t bear to get another dog. He was only alive for 11 years and died of kidney failure. Then my husband and I had marital issues (almost divorced) in 2010. He insisted that we get a bulldog. She saved our marriage and saved me. I never forgot Bullet, but now have Willow to love. We just adopted a rescue bulldog and have 2 wonderful loves of our lives.

  2. I lost my sweet Boston Terrier, Dixielee, Jan 23, 2013. The pain is still there and always will be for she was my constant companion. I have 4 other fur babies all rescues and strays. They will never take Dixie’s place but make losing her a little more bearable. SAVE A LIFE… ADOPT!

  3. When we lost our precious Scruffy, we were so devastated and heartbroken that we didn’t know if we could even get another pet. It has been 6 months and we are slowly healing. We might be ready for another dog soon. I want this one to be a rescue.

  4. There isn’t a one that will replace that which is gone….but there is another that will fill your heart. Save a life!!! Adopt!!!


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