Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend

Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives — the euthanasia of our beloved dog Murphy.

I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath — she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of confusion and the reassurance that everyone was ok because we were both by her side.

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Paris begins removing nearly 1 million love locks from iconic bridges

6513490-3x2-940x627Paris, known worldwide as the city of romance, has begun the heart-breaking process of removing hundreds of thousands of love locks, padlocks chained to the city’s bridges by adoring couples. Yellow-vested officials were out early Monday morning (local time) on the city’s iconic Pont des Arts, wielding cutting equipment to free the padlocks while a handful of curious tourists looked on.
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Rocky Abalsamo who sat at his wife’s grave in Boston for 20 years has died

272752-55480186-8a52-11e3-92e1-07d47f226b83A MAN who sat at his wife’s grave for almost 20 years – through storms, heatwaves and howling winds from dawn to dusk – has died.

Rocky Abalsamo will now be reunited with his beloved wife Julita, who passed away in 1983 after 45 years of marriage. He will be buried on her left, the side he walked alongside her when she was alive, The Boston Globe reported.

He only left Julita’s gravesite when St Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury, Boston, was closed. Then he would sprinkle crumbs across the plot so chipmunks would keep her company when he could not.
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Arthritic dog made famous by photo passes away

This image of Schoep and his owner touched hearts worldwide

[ Kiwozi:  I like a good tear-jerker story sometimes and I’m a pet lover too so this one just had to get some space; ]

Schoep and his owner, John Unger, became famous thanks to a photo that touched hearts across the globe. Now Unger is posting what may be his final recollection of his beloved dog. Yesterday, he posted on his Facebook page, “I breathe but I can’t catch my breath. Schoep passed yesterday.”

They became famous last August when a photo taken by a friend, photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, become a true viral success on Facebook. The photo depicts man and dog embracing while bathing in Lake Superior in Wisconsin. The touching nature of the photo was backed up by an even more wonderful story.  More . .