Actress Nina Dobrev posted a heartfelt goodbye to her cat, and it's both heartbreaking and true of all our relationships with our pets.
Saying goodbye to a pet is a heartbreaking experience. It's also something that every pet lover will go through at some point during their lives. When we love pets with lifespans so unfairly shorter than ours, we can be guaranteed that at some point, we will have to say goodbye. And perhaps that's why this cat owner's heartfelt goodbye to her cat is going viral - because we understand, and we can relate.
Actress Nina Dobrev took to Instagram to say goodbye to her cat. She posted a beautiful eulogy, along with photos showcasing their time together. Nina was lucky enough to share 18 years with her cat, and while knowing your cat has lived a long life, losing a family member who's been by your side for so long is devastating.
To my sweet sweet angel, As I look back on the last 18 years together, I smile through my tears. You brought me so much joy, love, unlimited cuddles and so many sandpaper kisses. I still remember the first day I brought you home, the size of a tea cup purring as I held you in my hands. You were so fragile and furry, as soft as the worlds tiniest cashmere blanket. I knew in that moment you were my soulmate. From there our long journey began and we were inseparable. We grew up together in Toronto, then you followed me to Atlanta, and from there we road tripped across the United States through New Orleans, Austin City, Amarillo Texas, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, we even saw the Grand Canyon for our first time together. Our last chapter and final destination was here in Los Angeles. I hope I was able to give you a beautiful happy life filled with love, because that's what you gave me. Saying goodbye to you on Saturday was the most difficult thing I have had to do in my life. It was bittersweet, but I'm so happy I got to hold you in my arms one last time. My heart hurts, I miss you more than I words can explain but I can still feel your presence, energy and light. I know you're still with me and will always be a part of me, no matter where I go. In sickness and in health until death do us part. My longest relationship, my rock, my best friend. I love you. ❤?? #RIP 9 lives. 9 names. Bambi Jami Jamilia Lynx Jami Lynx Jinx Jimmy jam Poop Jammie
Dobrev, who played Elena Gilbert in the hit TV series "The Vampire Diaries," has 12.2 million followers on her Instagram account. Her tribute to her cat has received over 650,000 likes.
When you have to say goodbye to a pet, there's not much that can make you feel better, aside from time. It's important to give yourself time to grieve, but to also be willing to let another pet into your life - when you're ready.
Finding special ways to memorialize and remember your pet can help with the grieving process. Consider making up a special photo album of photos of your pet, or have a special headstone or other tribute created. If you decide to cremate your pet, you might want to purchase a living urn as a way to remember your pet. You could also make a donation to an animal shelter in your pet's honor.
Losing a pet is never easy, but know that there are plenty of people out there who understand what you're going through.
Have you lost a pet? How did you say goodbye? Tell us in the comments below.
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