For the ones when that day comes, and we have to say goodbye, even the ones I haven't known for long, I have to fight back the tears, and I am not always successful. They become a part of my life, a very large part. (My husband says I talk about my work puppies and the funny things they do, way too much) :) It is nearly just as hard for me to say good-bye as the owners. I spend so much time caring for them, playing with them, building a relationship with them, then way to soon, your time is up. I see them once a month for 12 months, every year for the majority of their life. So basically I have been in that pets life for at least a few years total if you put it all together. I have no right words to say, all I can do is be there for the pain, and sorrow, and healing. Some people decide to never get another pet. Some people take years, and some not long at all, to start loving again. I am grateful to be chosen again to care for the new addition. I am grateful for the owners who stop in and say hi, even though they haven't gotten a new dog. I realize, I am a professional, but a family professional. My Family is my life, and My Clients are my family, and I could not be happier to be a part of theirs.
There are lots of choices out there for groomers and there are never enough thanks that I could say to the owners for letting me in your life, and letting me love your furkids.