Just seeking some advice here. My sister-in-law and her family just lost the rescue dog they recently adopted--a Doberman that was saved from a HORRIBLE situation where it was chained outside, starved, neglected, etc. Very tragic! They had only had the dog (authorities guessed she was about 4 years old) for about a month and last night she had a massive heart attack and died suddenly and unexpectedly. The family is heartbroken. This comes after they lost their beloved German Shepherd who died of a pretty rare disease at the age of eight about a year ago.
We have e-mailed expressing our sympathies, and my husband sent the video "All Dogs Go to Heaven" thinking it would help the kids (they are 12, 10, and 7), but I keep thinking we should do more. We won't call yet, at their request, which I understand. My sister-in-law said she can't have a conversation yet without crying hysterically. I'm just looking for any advice on how to best express our sympathies.
I have my "first" dog that I have had as an adult (she turned four this year) and I know how absolutely devastated I would be if I lost her. Any advice? Thanks in advance.