It does suck to put all that work in, only to loose a pet! When we moved here we had 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 guinea pigs and 2 kids all packed into a minivan... Talk about a fun trip, we stopped every 3-4 hours for breaks and stayed in hotels 4 nights before finally getting to our new place. It was all worth it though, aside from the other fish we made sure to bring along all our pets.
Although i have had to deal with loosing 2 dogs and 1 cat in the last 3 years, no fun at all. My oldest dog, Sable (hence the username) died in 2009 from cancer, she was my world, i loved that dog like you cannot imagine, the next year I lost her son Riken, the one pup i kept from her, to Bloat (a twisted stomach) we made it in time for surgery and it looked hopeful, but he never recovered from anesthesia... our cat Kalani died from old age, she was 19 years old, and was the best cat I have ever had!