I think when people around us loose their pets we don't show them enough compassion. Its like we are constantly reminding them that there are WORST things happening like genocide, famines, tsunamis etc. etc.
Anas ibn-Malek (RA) said that the Prophet (SAWS) used to visit um-Sulaym whose son was nicknamed abu-Omayr (i.e. father of Omayr). One time, The Prophet found him sad. He asked for the reason and was told that his small bird Nughayr  died. The Prophet (SAWS) then joked with him and said, “O father of Omayr! What did the Nughayr do?" 
The Prophet (SAWS) did not underestimate the feelings of loss and sadness which the little boy felt. He shared his feelings and even joked with him about it to cheer him up. Some may say that abu-Omayr was merely the brother of Anas (RA), who was serving the Prophet (SAWS). Yet that did not deter the Prophet (SAWS) from visiting his home, being kind to him, and learning of his news.Taken from HERE
Let's practice the sunnah, not just play lip service to it.