From the desk of River Song.
Imagine being in the worst possible pain. Not the physical kind, which is debilitating, but the emotional pain you can never escape. That is what losing a dog is like, and only the loss of a child is worse.
Imagine placing your hand on a hot burner and leaving it there until the skin peels from your hand. Now imagine sticking your charred flesh in a bucket of salt. That is the pain of losing a dog. For the rest of your days, you avoid the stove, so the pain never occurs again.
But, pet parents continue to put their hands on the stove. Granted, we dogs are more rewarding than a stovetop, even if it is used to heat fantastic soup. But from the day a new dog walks into your home, the clock begins to check on one of the most incredible displays humans suffer. The only way to avoid it is by being the one who goes first but abandoning a dog to go to the immoral side makes for troubled angels when there should only be peaceful ones.
Foley told me if you love dogs, you should, even if you are not ready after a devastating passing, bring a new dog into your home because there are a lot of bad pet owners. You are saving a pup from a negative experience and giving them a forever home.
Not that humans are entirely altruistic. At most, having a dog is a break-even proposition. We give more love than we take, and what we do take is readily given. Human hearts need to give love as much as they need to take it. If a human has an unbalanced heart, it causes grief to move into your house. Like a freeloading relative or an elusive cockroach, it is challenging to get it to go once it has established residence.
Nothing cures an unbalanced heart like a pet. There is a seldom understood connection between man and animals. Even if a human does not own a pet, seeing one eases their pain. Pity the dark heart who does not like pets. They do not let love into their hearts, even when it is unconditional from pets, and they remain forever unbalanced.
When a new pet comes into the house, a person signs up for unbearable pain when they leave. But, everything ends so something new can begin. You’ve got to concentrate on the middle chapters, and that’s where the good stuff happens.