Posted: 07/05/2015 at 10:32
Lovely posts from all here and I can't add much except to say that death is as important for children to learn about as is birth. It's part of the inevitable cycle for all of us, and for our pets too, as well as plants and all living things.
That means grieving too and learning that we all grieve, that it is painful but that we cope with it somehow and that we can be happy again despite that. Eventually.
That won't ease the pain for you at the moment because it's still very acute, and it's testament to how much you loved your dog. Let your grandchildren share in that a little; let them learn about supporting each other and showing and receiving comfort and love.