Yes, I think he is mourning. The poor dog was alone for 2 days locked in the house with his deceased owner before anyone found them. Can you imagine? I think he wants to be with his owner. It's like when 2 people who have been together for a long time and one of them dies, the other usually follows shortly behind them. Funny how the world works.
Thanks everyone for your care and concern. I have GREAT news. It turns out that my friend made some phone calls also and they have found someone on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to take Sailor. They have 3 acres of land and are willing to deal with him. Isn't that great? I also got a return call last night from someone I had called and they said that they had someone who takes the old dogs in New Hampshire. (a bit far from Maryland). Anyway, after thinking there was no hope, Sailor had 2 people offer to let him come live with them. He is going to the Eastern Shore to live the rest of his life on a small farm. ISN'T THAT GREAT???? I'm so happy!!! =0)
Wendy 3249, how is his 17 year old son taking it? It is very sad for him to loose his father and then to loose his dog. I feel it is the best thing to do but I know it must be hard on him. Maybe he can become your adopted family and he can help with your dogs and perhaps in time his mom will allow him to get a small dog that would be his. If she doesn't have "time" he may have to agree to being responsible for the dog, training, feeding etc. but maybe it is a possibility down the road, may give him some comfort thinking about that. In the mean time, if he doesn't live far away perhaps he could come play with your dogs, dog sit while you go out or take them to a dog park if you have one. Just a few suggestions. Take care and it was so very thoughtful of you to try and help. You are a great friend.
My condolances to your friend and her children wendy. Codys Mom had some wonderful suggestions. Hope the young boy can help with your dogs, so he's not completely shut out of the life of enjoying a dog.
Hmm, I'm not exactly sure when he will moving to his new home. They have not even buried his owner yet. I believe the funeral is next week after the holiday. They had to cremate(sp?) him. Anyway, I will let everyone know. You know, there are so many people who really care on here. I have personally only seen this dog one time and he has so many people trying to help him. I don't really even know him but I know in his heart, he must know that he has been saved. Brings a tear to my eye. My friend said that she is very happy that Sailor has found a home because even though this was her EX husband, she said the thought of having to put his beloved dog down just tore her up. She knew how much he loved Sailor.
This is a really bittersweet situation. I'm really happy that Sailor found a home, that is wonderful. But I feel bad for the ex-husband and for the son. Was the man sick? Did he have a heart attack? Just curious, you don't have to answer that. I'm just glad that Sailor found someone to take care of him after his owner passed on. Hopefully he will be happy there.
Schnauzerluvr, We are not sure what killed him yet. They did an autopsy. They haven't told my friend the results yet. He was not "sick" with anything we knew of but he was an alcoholic. So I guess some would say he WAS sick. The son just graduated high school. He is a wonderful boy with a very bright future. He is going to be a Dr. like his grandfather. He has a scholarship to UMBC. He will be leaving for college in the late summer. He already has an array of animals that his Mom (my friend) will have to take care of when he goes. He saw Sailor when he was visiting his Dad, but I don't think he really considered Sailor to be his own dog. The saddest part about all of this, is the son just had bad words with his father right before he died. That is what this poor boy is going to remember all of his life. His father was not always a good example in front of his boy and drank entirely too much.
O that is so sad. I hope the son can cope and get over the fact that they had words before his dad died. He is going to have a tough summer, but hopefully with his mom's love and the thoughts of college ahead of him, he will be able to deal with it all.
I don't blame your friend for not taking the dog, it sounds like she has her hands full. I think it sounds like Sailor is going to be well taken care of in his new home.
Yes, I hope that my friend's boy can deal with this. He has so much going for him, I hope it doesn't ruin what he has worked so hard for. He has a very loving home with his Mom, StepDad, 1 older brother, 2 little sisters, 2 Chincilla's, 1 ferret, a bazillion fish and tanks and I think a mouse. Whew, see why she could have never kept the dog?