Posted: 07/05/2015 at 07:06
I'm so sorry that you've lost your lovely companion. Of course your grandchildren will be sad, and you can comfort each other with the knowledge that he was so well loved and had the best possible life.
One of the wonderful things that having a pet teaches us is how to 'let go' - I've had many pets in my lifetime - on the farm we had a pet cemetary where hamsters, rabbits, cats and dogs were buried - all very loved and desperately missed - I still remember the first dog we had, a golden retriever who was my dearest companion and with whom I shared all my waking hours - he would even walk with me to the village school and then turn around and walk back to the farm. He was ill and was euthanased when I was nine years old to spare him any more pain and confusion.
My children also had many pets, and as happens, cats got run over, dearly loved dogs died - and we all grieved and hugged together and helped each other to accept that there are some things that we cannot change, and we just have to cope and move on.
As you may know, my dear Pa died a month ago. Although I'm now very very adult indeed, I'd never lost a parent. Just lately I've recalled my parents' good sense in never hiding the difficult parts of life from us as children, but reassured us that however sad we were, we would get over it and the sun would come up tomorrow.
I do hope that you, your children and grandchildren can all console each other in your loss, and find comfort in the knowledge that you all did your best for Lucky, and that the fun you had with him will remain with you as the most wonderful memories.