I never wish the loss of life for anyone to endure.
A pet is so like a child....a member of the family.
Many people, over time, have told me 'it's just a friggin' animal'....
tell that to your 5yr old....to your Grandmother....to yourself....
if you have a heart.
A goldfish, dog, cat, hamster, bird......sibling, parent, child, etc.
A loss of life in your heart can and usually will be devastating.
It matters not what walk of life you involve your adulthood with,
a loss in the heart is a huge loss.