The silence is what I remember most. Then, the feeling of being alone.
That’s what it’s like to be pet-less after years of sharing your home with a pet (or pets).
As an adult, I’d never been without a pet until 2009 when Paul and I had to say goodbye to our beloved Buck and Tank, just a few months apart.
Those first few weeks were overwhelmingly quiet and lonely. We don’t have kids, so the absence of pets made for an unfamiliar emptiness at home.
Sometimes we experience pet less years because of a life transition.
Jackie Walker found herself dog less as a result of a divorce. Moving to Chicago, she didn’t have the heart to uproot Wrigley and Maddie (her two Shih-Tzus) from the home they’d always known, and from her ex-husband, who loved them as dearly as she did.
In today’s episode of Pet Living TV, I show you how those pet-less periods allow us to assess life with and without animal companions and to appreciate and leverage the benefits when time comes to adopt a new pet.