i have 2 dogs ,english bull terrier called max he is 11 yrs old,and a staffie called jazz she is 10,i have owned these dogs since they were 8 weeks old,they adore each other ,how will the dog cope if the other one passes away.this is on my mind as max is really begining to show his age now .
We have 2 older JRTs - Tucson is now 12 yrs and Nippers is 13 yrs. These 2 have been together since Tucson was 18 months. Tucson was diagnosed with a brain tumour in Aug 2008 - either he really doesn't have a tumour at all or he is a medical miracle. When we first got the diagnosis we were told he had probably about a year at most 18 months left. Well, he's still going very strong and no new symptoms have shown up. We were quite concerned about how Nippers would react to his passing because she has a tendancy to freak out when he's not around. Nippers has begun over the last few months to really show her age and we now often think that he will outlive her. Its an interesting thought about how a dog will grieve for their companion and I'm quite sure that they do. I too would really like to know other people's experience with this issue.
I ahve heard stories from people about how the dog left behind cried, moped, and wandered around looking for their lost companion when they passed away. i have never experienced it personally. i have always had my dogs euthanized at home and have allowed the other animals to come and sniff around them once they have gone. i am not sure if that has ever helped them and that is why they never went through the greiving phase of other peoples pets or not. I do think though when Scout goes i am going to have a different experience. Our newest dog, Max, is so attached to Scout it is disgusting. He has to have 1 part of his body touching her at all times. He generally lays on top of her, not even next to her, ON TOP of her. When she gets up , he gets up. i don't believe Scout fully reciprocates his feelings but she is very tolerant of him regardless. I think when it is her time, Max is going to be devastated beyond words. While I am hoping Scout still has many years ahead of her, I am starting to think about what to do and how to handle him if I should have to deal with a different behavior. I know it is morbid to think about that now, but he seriously is in love with Scout and i want to be prepared for when it happens.
It is not morbid to think of these things. It is a fact that any of us with more than one aging dog has to think of. It is a hard time for us to lose some one we love and I do not see why it is any different for a dog. We all handle grief in different ways and so will they. I think all you can do is be there for them as they work thru it as you will be too. It is hard to lose a freind that you have had for that long. Some dogs do well with getting a new companon and others don't. Only you know your dog and what will be best for them. My heart goes out to all of you even though it has not happen yet!
Hi there .. we had two yorkies a male 6 and a female 5 that we had sence they where 8 weeks old ..one day we came home late being about 10:30pm from a late dinner, once home we let the two dogs out to go potty ,, we live in the country so its normal for them to bark , they was barking and i got them back in id say maybe 3 minutes after they went out. once inside they started to eat becouse forsome reason they dont eat when we are gone.. after they ate i again let them out to potty again they barked.. i open the doot and the female came in but the male didnt. i called him and he didnt come i got a flash light and looked for him and found in the snow vary fresh trackes alotof them. it looked like a fight happen .. our two yorkies have tinny paw prints and there was huge prints of what i think was a coyote. i followed the traks to a area that had fresh blood but no body. so we figured out he got taken by a hungry coyote.. then female witch was his buddy still misses him and keeps looking out the window where the fight happen .. she just sets there staring out, the boy yorkie got taken two days befor christmas and she still misses him and i think remembers what happen.. ..we sence just got a nother yorkie to help her .. i hope this helps.
the reason i posted this question was because ive had to have a dog put to sleep before because of grief,when i was younger we had a samoyed called beauty we had him for 10 yrs ,when my dad was killed in a road accident beauty gave up the will to live,after 2 months of going back and forward to the vets the vets thought it would be best to put the dog to sleep ,he had stopped eating and had turned really aggresive,it was heartbreaking to watch ,his organs where failing and the light in his eyes had gone,i know it was a human he was grieving for but im sure the grief was as bad as if it was a dog he was grieving for
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