No matter how much you try to prepare yourself for it, saying goodbye to your dog is excruciating. For this reason, a post from actress Lauralee Bell really resonated with thousands of dog parents this week. She revealed on Instagram that she recently said goodbye to her beloved dog Couver. The star, not unlike any of us would be, is devastated by her loss.
Bell plays Christine Blair Williams on long-running soap opera The Young And The Restless. She took to her Instagram to share her thoughts on the late Couver, alongside a selfie of the two of them enjoying some sun.
“I know you’re not supposed to have a favorite furry child but Couver was our favorite which made yesterday one of the hardest days for our family.”
Bell famously adores dogs, and had three Labs (two boys and one girl.) She posts about her pups frequently. Couver was the eldest of the three.
“He was a dog that would see you walking toward a couch or the bed and adjust to make sure there was room for you. Just a kind soul who loved taking on so many roles. So Couver, thank you for being a pillow, a shoulder to cry on, a dress up partner, a teacher to the younger dogs, a buddy, the face we’d get excited to see every time we’d come home and truly such an important member to our tight knit group.”
Bell admitted that losing Couver was much harder than she imagined.
“I knew it would be hard but it was 10 times worse. That’s credit to you for being the best! Our hearts ache but you’ll be in them always.”
Hopefully, Couver’s two doggie siblings can provide the grieving family with some comfort.
One of the hardest parts about grieving for a lost pet is the perception that this loss is lesser than a human’s. Research actually supports the idea that losing a dog can be even harder to cope with. As Bell’s post indicated, our dogs are important members of our family.
If you or a loved one is suffering the loss of a dog, there are resources available to you in your grief. You can also memorialize your lost pup while helping dogs currently living in shelters. Most importantly, remember that deeply grieving a dog is okay!
Rest in peace sweet Couver.
Featured Image: @lauralee_bell/Instagram
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