Beth Fisher’s dogs were like two peas in a pod. They did everything together for a decade and had never even spent a night apart.
Spencer and Rocky followed each other around all day and even slept together at night. They were inseparable.
“Rocky and Spencer slept in the same bed, ate from the same bowl and always walked together when they went out,” Fisher told The Dodo.
But a trip to the vet ended in devastation for the whole family one day last year, with almost no warning at all.
Rocky, the blonde dog, had been feeling unwell so they took him in to see what was going on. Sadly, it turns out his symptoms were caused by a large, cancerous tumor.
The family found out just how much pain Rocky had been in once they heard the details. The veterinarian said the tumor was inoperable and that there was no hope for treatment or recovery of any kind. Rocky was suffering with no end in sight.
It’s the news no one wants to hear, especially when you’re told the most humane thing you can do is euthanize your pet as soon as possible to end their misery.
Fisher and her family never realized their trip to the vet would end in losing Rocky. And there was no way to explain to Spencer why they came home without his best friend.
“It was hard to process Rocky’s sudden death, but we can’t imagine how hard it must be for Spencer to have lost his little brother,” Fisher said.
As the family coped with their own pain over losing a beloved pet, Spencer’s confusion and depression only compounded their sadness.
“Since Rocky passed, Spencer has been getting up in the night to wander the house looking for his brother. And then he starts crying because he can’t find him.”
And while Rocky’s ashes have been placed over his former bed so he can watch over his friend, that’s little comfort to the lonely pup.
But one day Fisher’s husband got an idea that he hoped would put Spencer at ease (as well as something to cuddle). He ordered a pillow for the dog and it had Rocky’s sweet face printed on it.
It almost looks like he’s smiling!
Against all odds, the pillow was a hit. It certainly can’t replace his friend, but it does give Spencer something to sleep with so he feels less alone.
“Spencer has been cuddling into the pillow since it arrived, carrying it from the sofa to his own bed,” Fisher said. “He seems a lot more settled now he’s got something to cuddle into.”
We’re never quite the same after the death of a loved one, but it appears that the ability to mourn them in some constructive way is comforting to animals as well as humans. And that’s what the pillow gave to Spencer.
“I don’t think Spencer will ever get over Rocky’s passing, but I hope he’s able to learn to go on without him,” Fisher said.
Of course, that’s a skill we all have to learn. But in Spencer’s case, it might take some extra love and affection as well since he’ll never have an explanation. Luckily, his family seems all too willing to give him the attention he needs.
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