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We had to put our dog to sleep after almost 14 years, and it's really been hard on us. When I told a friend about this, however, she just laughed and said it was silly to grieve over an animal, because God didn't care about things like dogs. Is she right? I admit her words hurt me.


I’m sorry your friend was so insensitive; I suspect she’s never had a pet or been in your situation. But I understand your feelings, because I grew up with animals on a farm, and we’ve always had dogs and cats that seemed like part of our family. When King David was told about a pet lamb that was taken from its owner, he became very angry; he knew how much a pet can mean to someone (see 2 Samuel 12:1-6).

It’s true that animals aren’t the same as humans, since they don’t have souls the way we do. But that doesn’t mean God doesn’t care about them. After all, He created them, and He watches over them. Jesus said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God” (Luke 12:6). God also reminds us that “every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10).

God knows our feelings, and He cares when life’s hurts come upon us (as they will). Thank Him for the memories you have of this pet, and ask Him also to help you see beyond your own hurt to the hurts of someone who needs your friendship.

Most of all, I pray that this may be a time when you and your family strengthen your relationship with each other—and with God. Life is short, but ahead of us is an eternity in heaven when we know Christ. Is your hope in Him?

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  1. Shirley Carrier says:

    My husband and I lost our little dog, Casey, yesterday morning. She was a great dog and we loved her very much as she loved us. We are so heartbroken. My prayer is that the Lord would take our pain and give us peace. We know that is where our hope is and that we will see our Casey again.

  2. Anne harris says:

    I saw my young beautiful Turkish van cat die suddenly in my arms tonight. I did CPR, and rushed him to the animal ER, where they tried to revive him. When it was sure that he was gone, They stopped CPR. The vet said he may have thrown a blood clot. Please pray for me, as this was unexpected, as he was in good health, and had no injury. He had seen the vet Tues, routine visit. I trust God, and know he is wise. The understanding for such things are beyond me, only Jesus can comfort me now. God bless you for listening

    1. Vickie rogers says:

      I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my cat also. I had him 16 yrs. There is scripture that says all creatures return to God. I hang onto those words of God. He is my strength. God bless you and give you comfort. Luv Vic🐾🐾🐾🐾

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  3. Christina says:

    My cat Fred has been gone for five days, I am heartbroken. I have rescue animals, and Fred was so kind, and used to do a high five with his paws. and I can’t stop crying. I am hoping he will find his way home. I am so tired of loss.

  4. Heather says:

    Very sorry for your loss. My Husband and I lost our first dog today. He got out and got hit by a car. He was our oldest of 3 dogs. I have been bawling my eyes out all day. My hope is that he is resting with God.

  5. Sue Pedana says:

    We had put our precious baby Jesse to sleep last night. He was almost 14 year old and my husband and I thank God for every minute with him. We always called him our little blessing from God. Right now my heart is broken and we pray for Gods peace.

    1. Ann tolles says:

      We just put our old dog Tucker Thomas down. My heart is broken. how do I go on?

  6. Grace Rivera says:

    My baby girl Suzie suddenly died last Thursday, September 3rd. She just collapsed while I began to give her and her brother Wall_e their afternoon walk after I came from work. I ran back to my apartment calling to her, trying to stop whatever my baby was going through, I placed her on my bed and called my sister to take her to the Vet, but she died in my arms. Her beautiful eyes were left opened as if she was looking at her mommy for the last time. It has been almost a week and I cannot stop crying and missing her. She was only 6 years old. She was a Shipoo and she was funny and loving. I remember the happy moments my sweet girl gave me. Her brother misses her very much. We no longer are the 3 Musketeers. But I know I will see her.

  7. Talitha Follent says:

    My beloved dog Josie had to be put down two weeks ago, and I am still feeling the pain of her lose. She was 13 when she died and meant a lot to me. I prayed every night for two years for a dog and finally God gave me the dog I prayed for. She was beautiful and I am so thankful God gave her to me.

  8. sheila thompson says:

    My beloved dalmation, Corrie (named after Corrie Ten Boom whom I met when I was young) died 3 weeks ago to paintball ingestion (poisonous to dogs) and I was the one who left them out where she got into them. The night before she died at the vet who was trying to save her, the Lord led me to Romans 8 and these words no kidding, JUMPED out to me…verse 19 “For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who His children really are”. Then verse 21 “All creation anticipates the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.” I was not going to that part of Romans but something made me stop & read it and I felt supernatural peace then-not knowing she’d die next day. Thank you God!

  9. Becky McGuire says:

    My precious pet Abyssinian cat, Rocket, just died yesterday. I had him for over 17 years. He was the sweetest cat I have ever known. So friendly. He didn’t know what a stranger was. Friends of mine who said they didn’t like cats said they liked Rocket. He always wanted to be the center of attention. He followed me from room to room and always wanted to be near me. In my lap if I was sitting. I have no children and he really was my baby. I often called him my little ewe lamb in reference to the scripture in 2 Samuel that is mentioned. I’m grieving deeply. It is somewhat of a comfort, however, to have confirmed that God really does care that I’m hurting so much of this loss.

  10. Anne Evans says:

    I have just lost a beautiful beloved friend and dog called “willow”. She was my friend’s dog but I had her over the weekend for 10 years. Heartbroken doesn’t cut it, bereft maybe. We were inseparable when we were together and she loved so unconditionally. She was put to sleep last Friday and one of my friends died on the Saturday, double mourning! I had a picture of Margaret my friend in Heaven walking Willow which comforted me so much. The loss is incredible though and I do know God cares very deeply about us, He has not left us comfortless, “I even I am He who comforts you”. Thank you for letting me share about Willow and Margaret my friend.

    1. Lynn Stepp says:

      Bless you Margaret, our prayers are with you during the loss of your friend and your special dog friend.