Biggest dating pet peeved
But one’s affections aren’t objective.’Likewise, celebrity milliner Philip Treacy understood the apparent absurdity to some of mourning his jack russell, Mr Pig (Grace Jones sang at his funeral), but explained: ‘I saw Mr Pig as my friend, not my dog. ‘My mum didn’t depend on me for her very existence,’ says Dawn.‘But my dog needed me for shelter, food, comfort – for everything.And yet, as a society, there’s a growing recognition of the grief people experience when a much loved pet dies.
I quickly discovered that my circle of friends were not animal lovers.‘They’re loyal, reliable, they don’t criticise or contradict or leave,’ says Ingrid. ‘Everyone outside your family just sees a dog on a lead or a cat asleep on the chair,’ she says.‘Only the owner understands their pet’s habits, quirks and body language.He was central to our family life.‘I felt a need to talk to friends about it – often bursting into tears – but you have to be careful,’ says Charlotte.
‘From the looks on their faces, I know that many of them were thinking, “Just get over it.” If you’ve suffered a human bereavement, I can see why it might seem self-indulgent to mourn a dog, so a lot of the time I buried my feelings.’Anyone who has lost a beloved pet has probably experienced a similar ‘but it’s only an animal’ reaction.Although Duffy was ‘just a dog’, and he died four years ago, recalling his last day still feels traumatic for his owner Charlotte.