Death of one dog now other is acting...

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Registered: 04-06-2003
Death of one dog now other is acting...
Tue, 04-08-2003 - 11:38pm
On march 23, my tyler of 12 years past away and it about killed me and I swore I would never get another dog, well I still have Dallas, who is 9 and very playful. Tyler was the smart one, and dallas was the one who is sweet but not all there(love him to death though), anyway, since tyler has passed he's been whining alot, and getting out of the fence alot. I have an appt to go see a puppy at the humane soc. on thurs. and now I am confused about what to do. I hate seeing dallas so sad, but what if it makes things worse? What if he contiues to try ot get out(we had to hookup the electric fence, and put cement at the front gate, and put some stakes down in the fence) and the puppy learns that behavoir? I just dont want to make a mistake. thanks for any adivse.
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Registered: 03-25-2003
Wed, 04-09-2003 - 8:10am
I'm so sorry for your loss. Dogs go through a grieving period, just as we humans do, and I'm sure this is what Dallas is going through. I think if you are ready for a new furbaby, you should go ahead and do it. Dallas might not be totally accepting at first, but may with time. There is an excellent board on ivillage that can help you get a better insight.


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Registered: 03-20-2003
Wed, 04-09-2003 - 12:17pm
Welcome to the Dogs Board ecscbs...and my deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Tyler. When I lost my beloved Maxwell a few years ago, my dal, Samantha wouldn't eat for almost 2 weeks. She was "so" depressed; but with lots of extra love and attention she finally came out of it. We waited 8 months before getting our Ylab, Valentine.

Animals grieve for their playmates just as we do; I really believe that. Dallas has to go through a grieving period. I can understand why you want to get another dog but, to be honest, I think that you have to think long and hard about it. It's just like when people ask me about getting a dog for their young child; I remind them that "they" are the ones that will be taking care of the dog, not the child. If you sincerely feel that you are ready for another dog right now, then do it. I would also suggest checking with your shelter for an adult would not only be saving a life but will get a wonderful, loving companion in the bargain.

I'm so glad that you've found us here on this fun and informative Board...good luck and please let us know what you decide.



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Registered: 07-27-2000
Thu, 04-10-2003 - 7:59pm
He's grieving. Been there, I'm sure most of us here have been there. They hurt just like we do, try to imagine a poor little critter whose best buddy suddenly just vanishes, and there's just no way to explain it to them. Abby went thru a terrible spell for about months after Sammy died suddenly, she was just inconsolable and she wanted her brother back, they were inseparable for about 5 years. The only thing that helped was to let her be near us virtually 24/7, she needed to be able to see us constantly.