Adopting After a Pet Dies
I am 12 years old, and my dog died about 3 months ago. But I haven't gotten over it, and it seems like no one even cares. I want a new dog, and my mom says she will take me to get one, but then she says she doesn't want to. What should I do?
Thank you for writing, Meredith. I know it is very frustrating to want a new companion and not be able to get one right away.
Instead of asking your mother why she hasn't let you get a new dog, I suggest you go to her with a proposal that demonstrates how grown up and responsible you are now. You can tell her that you want to 'earn' the privilege of having a new dog because you know that new dogs are hard work for everyone in the house. Start by asking her to name four ways in which you could help around the house or improve some aspect of your own behavior, such as doing homework on time.
Also, confide in her that you still miss the dog who died, but that you know you are ready to love a new dogand that you will try hard to help the new dog fit into the family. And understand that it’s okay that you haven’t gotten over your pet’s death. You may wish to visit our website for kids, ASPCA Animaland, for more information on pet loss.