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    Default When the lesson of the day is "What To Do When a Pet Dies"

    The first week back to homeschooling after sending my daughter off to a brick and mortar for a very bad 2 and a half years coincided with hospice care for our beloved old male cat. By the third day of homeschooling, we were still hadn't done any academics because we were so emotionally drained with the grief that comes of watching a dear friend actively slough off his mortal shell. On the fourth day, the lesson of the day was "What To Do When a Pet Dies". We had a long, tearful, quiet ride up to The Pines, our local pet cemetery.

    That was a year ago.

    We did finally get into the swing of things. Rocking along. All was great. And then it seems that the same lesson just had to pop up again. This time with our family dog. My daughter's best buddy in the world. Stupid cancer had to come and bite him. It was absolutely 100% unfair.

    That was 2 months ago. New lesson now on the horizon: "How To Adopt a New Family Member".

    Searching for a new canine love-of-your-life is a very difficult thing.

    Is it a bad thing to take some days to go look at poochies at the local shelters? I mean, that's like learning and stuff, right?

    Wish us luck!!

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    Absolutely it's learning. Learning to how to process emotions, learning what it is to be human, learning how to make another living being's life better. Very important life skills. I am so sorry about your dog.

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    Sorry to hear about your pets. Dealing with real life situations always seems to have precedence over grammar lessons here, and its your homeschool, you may do as you please.

    Have you browsed your local shelters? They probably have online listings. Our shelters only have put bulls and chihuahuas.... any other dog type is snatched up by specific breed rescues. We did a little more research, came up with a list of the dog types we liked, then watched the rescue sites and craigslist for opportunities in our price range.
    Another thing to consider is that allocating a day or two, and at the end of it expecting to have a new family companion might not be as good a lesson as patiently waiting and looking until the right dog comes along. (Imag8ne buying a used car that way!) Just a thought.

    Good luck with your new pet adventures!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    So sorry to hear of your fur family members passing. That is never an easy road to go down. I think visiting local shelters for a few days would be great. Real life experiences and you know the kids will learn things! Finding a new animal to fill that void can be a tough one, but as children I think they cope with it better than we do. Good luck!! I hope everyone falls in love while at the shelter <3

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