WARNING: Sad, babbling internet rant ahead. If you don't care about my own situation with regards to this topic, skip to the end.
My dog is just turning 12, and he's really starting to show his age (extreme hearing loss, movement problems, etc). He's been with me since I was in 5th grade (I'm a 4th year in college now), and I just can't imagine coming home during breaks and having him not being there waiting for me. The very thought scares the shit out of me. I have a closer emotional attachment to my dog than I do with most humans; I don't know what it is, but I really love the guy.
I know that it will be a few years before I really need to worry, but it's been sticking in my mind for this entire year and then some. Every time my parents tell me about a new problem he has, I freak out in my head. I think that it's made worse by my situation; I can't see him except for short 1-2 week breaks in the middle of the year, so I feel that my time with him is really running out. I try to make those 1-2 week periods count as much as I can.
Sorry, I felt like I had to type that out or tell someone. I don't feel like telling my "real life" friends, because that might just make things awkward, and I don't like dumping my personal issues on other people.
I'm not looking for a barrage of sympathy (honestly, that would just make me feel awkward), I just wanted to get all that off my chest.
Luckily, INTERNET TO THE RESCUE!
End random sad internet rant.
Am I the only one who gets like this when their pets start to get old? I can't imagine so, but I'm wondering how many people do. If so, any mental tricks to cope with it? I've just been trying to spend as much time with my dog as I can when I'm around him.
Anyways, general discussion about this issue in-particular, related issues, pets in-general, etc!