Are you like me and are at most risk of committing suicide after a pet dies? I can’t be alone in this. N matter how old the pet was, I always feel responsible for the death somehow. My pets have proved to be better friends than people, so when one dies, I miss him or her terribly. I hate that the last image I have of this beloved companion is of a dead of dying pet. That last image can overshadow a long, healthy life.
As the title suggests, my red and white common goldfish Redcap died yesterday. I had him since he was less than a half-inch long.He seemed to go into a coma and slipped away. The other goldfish, which usually pounce on any sick fish, left Redcap alone to die. He managed to prop himself up in between a plastic plant and the aquarium wall, so he didn’t curl up or lie down when he died.
Redcap was somewhere between 4 and 5 years old when he died. I don’t know what upsets me more — that he died or that I don’t know what he died from. He did not have any noticeable injuries or infections. When he died, his color was still vibrant. I don’t know what happened or how to protect the remaining three goldfish from whatever killed Redcap.
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Although Redcap is gone, I still have three other goldfish, two dogs and my Mom to take care of. They are my reasons not to commit suicide.