My son, Jeremy, is 9 and coming back from camp tomorrow, Saturday.
Yesterday, while running with my wife, our 2 1/2 year old dog ran into
the street, was hit by a car and died. Everybody in the family knows,
except Jeremy. I plan on stopping at a park or ice cream place,
before we arrive home, to tell him. Jeremy is an animal lover and
just getting back from a WWF nature camp. He was extremely attached
to the dog and they slept together most nights. She was very sweet
and made a big impression on the family. I am especially concerned
because Jeremy has had difficulty making strong friendships,
especially the last three years, since we've lived in Rome. His mom,
and my wife, is from Rome. To add
a wrinkle, we are moving back to
Atlanta this summer.
I just don't know how he will handle "while you were a way at camp, we
killed your dog." Obviously, that is not what I will say, but what I
fear he may hear. On the internet, I have seen much written about
sick dogs and very old dogs, but Chicca was with us a pretty short
time and had should have had another 10-12 years with us.
Quite frankly, I scared about his reaction and the long term effect.