Mandy is really depressed. I thought it would pass in time, but I am really worried about her. We were not going to get another schnuazer until either she or Tina passed because we felt like it was enough right now. She sits next to me and makes these whinney sounds. Her bed is next to mine and she does the same thing at nite. She just crys and crys and we don't know what to do for her. I have just wondered if a puppy might snap her out of it. The vet said it could make it worse, but I am wondering if it might help her. Tina seems to be doing better than Mandy, but then Tina and Max were not that close. He and Mandy were real buddies. Should we think about another baby or just wait??? What do y'all think?
Sandy, the only thing i can tell you from my experience is what my clients have told me over the years. That's the best source of information sometimes. Overwhelmingly (and granted there are exceptions and things dont work) another puppy seems to bring life into the depressed dog. I am always amazed at the emails I get time after time.
Please remember, as I said, there have been those rare times when a puppy did not work. NEVER have they given up the puppy, but it still just took so much more time then anyone expected.
The only reason we were holding off was I have a herniated disc that they are frowning on doing surgery because of my diabetes. The pain everyday is overwhelming. My husband said he thought it would be too much for me to take on another baby right now. But, I have never, ever, seen anything like this. Mandy is just suffering. You can tell in her little eyes how depressed she is and we have tried everything we know to do.
My beloved schnauzer passed away last November. Her sister was the same way...so depressed. I did get another dog a cardigan welsh corgi and she perked right up! Unfortunately our corgi isn't the lap dog our schnauzer was...so I got a toy poodle...Now we are all happy as can be!!!! I love all my furry kids! Good Luck to you!
I agree with everything posted. Did you by chance have her checked by the vet? Knowing you, you probably did. I just have never heard of a dog being this depressed for this long.... Just wondering if a medical problem could be to blame. Sometimes physical pain can be mistaken for emotional pain. Good luck!
Yes,she was just recently in for her yearly and that is when they found the kidney disease. She is now on prescription dog food. But, she has never been a dog to tear up and has been groomed all her life. Now she makes this moaning type sound when I try to brush her and pulls away. My husband has always picked them up and loved them when he comes in from work and now she nibbles on him and he said actually bites. She looks sad in her little face. The vet said it could take up to six months. I just don't want to rush it and make things worse on her. I know I am babying her right now and probably need to back off and correct her. She will even dig at the carpet, something she has never done.
Perhaps a loveable fairly calm rescue dog would be good for her? I agree, one that is already trained to lessen your work load. It's terrible to live with pain everyday, and watching your little pooch's face does'nt help. Good luck finding her a friend. Do you have a cat? Would that be a possibility?
lol!!! Thats all we would need Pen, a cat. Tina lays by the front door in the morning just to get a glimace of the neighbors cat. She would lay there for hours if I let her. They both hate cats with a purple passion. I think bringing in a grown dog might cause problems, although I do not object to a rescue. I would take them all if I could. But, I think Mandy would take to a baby better. It would not be a threat to her. I just need something small. A small schnauzer or we have been talking today about a yorkie.
Perhaps finding a local breeder, and expressing an interest in a pup.. but maybe you could run it by the other dogs? LOL. Shelters usually want you to bring in the dogs you have when choosing to bring home another, maybe find a small dog at a shelter?
My crew sends warm noses and schnauzer love to your guys.. hope they're feeling better soon!!
I agree with your husband. Being in pain everyday and caring for a new pup may prove to be more than you can deal with right now. Dogs, like people grieve. The time it takes to heal varies with each individual or animal. Eventually they recover. I know you dont like to see her mourning so badly. But you will not be much comfort to her if you are laid up in bed yourself. Take care of the medical issues with yourself first. Once you are on the mend and up to it, you will be much more able to deal with tending to all the needs that a new puppy will bring. Best wishes to you and your family, furkids included.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
Sandy, I have to agree with most of everyone else, listen to Hubby, don't get a pup. However I have to say the older dog, maybe adopt one from the Humane Society there are so many. They would be great for each other. IMO