How can I tell my kids about our dog that died?

Here’s a question that might help some other people going through something similar. We had a puppy who didn’t appear as sickly as she was. She had a bone disorder and didn’t react to pain. After an x-ray at the vets, the decision was quickly made to euthanize. We have a son who is four years old and heartbroken, having lost his best friend. What does other mama’s tell their children when such a tragedy occurs?

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I told my daughter our dog went to heaven. It still hurts but she likes the idea of being watched over by her dog

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Tell they they are no longer in pain they are with God and jesus in heaven he will see him again someday

I got my son another puppy and just explained that his dog was sick and he had to go to heaven.

The truth kinder in the long run gone to doggy heaven

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There is a book called The Heaven of Animals. Helped my daughter alot when our dog died.

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Watch all dogs go to heaven

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We have lost 2 dogs since my daughters been alive. Shes 7yrs old as of now. One she doesn’t remember and the other she does. The one she rembers we told her the truth the dog died and went to doggie heaven. Because ya know All dogs go to heaven. We buried him in the yard and she will take flowers to his grave randomly. She was 5 when we put him down. He was old and sick and thats what we told her.

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I just had to tell our kids the day after Christmas that our cat died. They’re 4.5 and 3 so they don’t really understand. But I told them she was old and it was time for her to go to kitty heaven.

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Our situation is different as my Louscious was our 1st baby and is now 12 years old and he’s a purebred so more issues as well. But we have been preparing our girls for about a year now. They know he’s old and they have to be more gentle and calm around him now, they know he’s in pain sometimes from the hip dysplasia and arthritis and they know some day soon we’ll have to take him in and he won’t come home with us. I just told my baby he will go to heaven where he doesn’t hurt anymore and he’ll be with all the people we love and miss that are there also. I don’t believe lying to kids benefits them but especially in serious situations, but to each their own🤷‍♀️ I know my girls will still be very upset and take it hard when he does but I know they won’t be blindsided so I think it will be easier.

My daughter was same age . I explained that she is in heaven. But what a lucky puppy she is as she can play with the angels everyday. I also told her if she miss puppy she can blow her kisses to heaven. And every night she can see her in the sky with the stars.
She was teary eyed but she was happy with the answer

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Tell him about the rainbow bridge. How beautiful it is there and how happy the dog is there. Remind him his passing was pain free and was the best thing for him even tho it might be hard for him to understand right now. Frame a picture and hang the collar off of it. Encourage love and remembrance… he can draw pictures for the puppy or write a letter to heaven for his pup with you… I’m so sorry.

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The truth. Unfortunately death is a part of life. When our kitten died (my son was just almost 5)
We sat him down and explained that dobby (the kittens name) was really sick and he died. We explained that his body couldn’t work any more. That his body was no longer alive but his spirit went to heaven. He was pretty confused at first to be honest.
Once he started to understand and it really upset him…
We printed out a picture for him to keep. I also had this fuzzy blanket with a kitten on it (I’d had the blanket since i was his age) and i gave him that.

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The truth, and tie into the circle of life and how beautiful it can be. Sorry for your loss.

Tell them puppy was too good a dog that he was given wings and is in puppy heaven watching over him…and then tell him you’ll are going to the animal shelter to adopt a puppy in need of a loving home.

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Im not religious per se but i always tell my kids that it went to heaven to live with our ancestors who needed him more than we did.

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You tell you’re children that the dog died!:eyes:

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We lost our shep when my son was 4 he was sad! We read him a book about when dogs go to heaven, we watched “all dogs go to heaven” and my mom got him a stuffed animal that looked just like our Dozer with a collar on it that said Dozer! He’s 7 now and still loves that dog like he’s his everything! We were all heart broken and it wasn’t long before we turned around and got another one cause our house felt so empty!

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The truth, we grew up on a ranch and my parents were brutally honest with us. When we lost an animal we were told then we had to go on about our day. It sounds harsh but honestly it has helped me to learn how to cope with any lost in my life from animals to the people I love. It’s a life skill I am very thankful for.

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I told my kids their dog went off and got married - I just could not tell them the truth😪

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