As a former pug owner of 16 years, I know firsthand how difficult it is to lose your sidekick. These little dogs have a special place in our hearts, and their passing can impact our lives. However, when the time comes, and unfortunately it will, these strategies can help cope with the loss of a pug and navigate the grieving process.
Nothing is worse than losing your pug, but acknowledging your grief, finding emotional support, creating a memorial, planting a tree, giving yourself time to grieve, and eventually getting a new canine friend.
I’ve experienced the pain of losing a pug and understand how important it is to find healthy ways to grieve and remember our cherished companions. Through my experiences and research, I’ll share tips to help pug owners find solace and healing after losing their beloved pet.
Acknowledging Your Grief
When I lost my pug, I felt a mix of emotions. First, I couldn’t believe my pug wasn’t there to greet me in the mornings or when I got home. Especially since I was so used to seeing her every day for 16 years.
Unfortunately, grief can trigger many feelings, such as sadness, anger, and guilt. But, according to helpguide.org, those feelings are entirely normal, and acknowledging the pain is the first step in coping with the loss.
Most of us don’t give ourselves enough time to grieve. Instead, we think we need to get over it and get on with our lives.
However, the grieving process requires you to be patient and gentle with yourself during this time is crucial.
Below are more ways to help you grieve the loss of your pug.
Finding Emotional Support
As I faced the loss of my pug, I discovered that finding emotional support was necessary.
Here are some ways I found help and comfort:
Family and Friends
I discovered that talking to friends and family who understood how much my pug meant to me helped.
Sharing memories and even shedding tears with them allows me to express my grief openly. It’s essential not to bottle up these emotions or avoid discussing the loss, as doing so would only prolong the healing process.
Don’t be ashamed to open up to your family and share stories about you and your pug. The stories you share will help you remember the good times you spent with your canine friend.
If you can access the Internet, browse for some pet-bereavement groups. There are several sites, such as;
These communities make connecting with other pet owners who have lost a pet easy. Other pet owners understand the pain and know what you’re going through, so they can share their stories of how they get over the loss of their pet.
Set some time aside and search for the best pet bereavement groups. You can even find these groups by asking your vet, visiting your local pet stores, browsing social media, etc.
If your grief is too overwhelming, seek professional help. Several therapists and counseling services specializing in pet loss.
They can help you work through your feelings and develop coping strategies.
If you’re struggling with the loss of your pug, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.
Honoring Your Pug’s Memory
When you face the loss of a beloved pet, you can find some ways to honor their memory and celebrate their life.
Here are some ideas that may help you through the grieving process:
Creating a Memorial
One thing that can comfort you is creating a memorial for your pug. You can set up a place in your home to display photos, their favorite toys, and any keepsakes such as their collar or fur.
When my pug passed, I purchased an urn, and to this day, I still have her ashes. I also have a picture frame with a baby picture, an imprint of her paw, and a piece of her fur.
A personal memorial spot can provide a focus for your grief and positive memories of your pet.
Hold A Memorial Service or Tribute For Your Pug
Organizing a small memorial service or tribute event for your pug can unite people to honor their memory. You can gather close friends and family and ask them to share stories about the special moments you shared with your pet.
This can be a meaningful way to celebrate their life and find comfort in support of loved ones during this difficult time.
Write A Letter Or Poem to Express Your Feelings
You can write a letter or poem to express your feelings and emotions about the loss of your pug. This can be a cathartic and creative way to process your grief and honor the memory of your furry friend.
You can write about the special moments you shared, the love and joy they brought into your life, and how much they meant to you.
Here’s an example of a beautiful pet poem that helped me get over the loss of Mindy, my pug.
A Good Dog Never Dies
“A good dog never dies, he always stays, he walks besides you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near, his head within our hand in his old way.”
Writing a letter or poem can be a personal and private way to connect with your emotions and say goodbye to your beloved pug. You can keep it as a personal memento, share it with loved ones, or even publish it as a tribute to your furry friend.
Plant A Tree In Honor Of Your Pug
One way to honor the memory of your pug is by planting a tree in your pet’s name. This can be a beautiful way to create a lasting tribute and provide a sense of comfort during the grieving process.
As the tree grows, it can remind you of the love and joy your pug brought into your life.
Choose a tree with a special meaning or significance or one you find beautiful.
Planting a tree can also positively impact the environment and help create a legacy that will live on for years to come.
Plant the tree in a special location, such as your backyard or where you and your pug loved spending time together.
It can be a meaningful way to cope with the loss and keep the memory of your beloved pug alive.
Visit Your Pug’s Favorite Places
One way to cope with the loss of your pug is by visiting their favorite places. For instance, we went to the beach every year for the last 10 years before my pug died. So when I go to the beach, it brings back beautiful memories of our time there.
If you never took your pug on vacation, walk in the park where you used to take them to socialize. You can even visit the pet store where you used to buy their favorite treats.
Visiting these places can bring back happy memories and provide comfort during the grieving process.
Self-Care During Grief
When I lost my pug, I found it crucial to focus on self-care to help me through the grieving process. It’s essential to consider both physical and mental well-being during this challenging time.
Physical and Mental Well-Being
Maintaining your mental and physical well-being is crucial during the grieving process.
You can start by getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and staying hydrated. Exercise can also be beneficial for both your physical and mental health. For example, taking a 30-minute walk or a daily yoga session can help reduce stress and improve your mood.
Engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation can also be helpful.
This can include reading, listening to music, or practicing a hobby. Taking a break from the stress and sadness of grieving can help you recharge and feel more balanced.
Moving Forward After The Loss of A Pug
As time passes, you’ll eventually be ready to move forward with life. This doesn’t mean you forget your pug. Instead, it means you’ve gotten over the grieving process and are ready to take the next step.
Opening Your Heart to New Love
After giving yourself time to grieve and heal, consider getting a new dog.
Opening your heart to another furry friend doesn’t mean you’re replacing your lost pug but rather offering your love and care to a new companion.
Before deciding to adopt a new dog, it’s essential to make sure you’re emotionally ready for a new dog.
It’s also important to acknowledge the diverse personality of each dog and understand that your new dog will be different from your late pug.
Losing a beloved pug is a difficult and emotional experience. However, there are many ways to cope with the loss and honor their memory.
From creating a memorial, seeking support from others, joining bereavement groups, remembering the good times, etc. Finding what works best for you during the grieving process is essential.
Remember to take as long as you need to grieve and cherish the positive memories you shared with your furry friend. With time, the pain of loss may lessen, but the love and memories of your pug will always remain.