Paul O’Grady and Bullseye
Paul O’Grady has announced the loss of his beloved dog Bullseye. Speaking to his listeners of the Radio 2 show Paul O Grady on the Wireless he said that Bullseye had passed away. This is how it was quoted in The Sun:
“Now I will tell you my lousy news,” he said.
“You know that I did have an epileptic dog called Bullseye. I’ve got two dogs that both have epilepsy and I’ve managed it with medication.
“However on Monday night he had a massive seizure, like a really bad one that he didn’t come out of and on the way to the vets at two o’clock in the morning he died in the car.”
Will Paul get another dog?
“But then why contemplate the hangover when you’re at the party, you know what I mean?
And his reaction is very normal. We all react differently to each pet death. But sometimes a loss can be so devastating that the thought of having another pet and then losing it is just too much to bare. It can be because the feelings are too intense. Perhaps there has been too much loss. Or it can be time to take a break. A pet brings so much love into your life, but when they leave the impact can be just as powerful.
Paul may change his mind at a later date. Once we are through the initial stages of grief and have got over the shock our attitudes change. But for some people a pet death can mean that they cannot have another pet. And that is okay. Our hearts become weary from the loss.
Never gift a pet.
It is for this reason that is is so very important that we never ‘gift’ a pet to someone who has suffered a loss. However they may be coping on the outside, they may not be ready to love another pet. It is not a choice that we should force upon anybody.
I’m sure Paul will continue to do his excellent work with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home as well as the wonderful TV Series For the Love of Dogs. He will be able to share his love and passion with the many stray canines at the home.
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