Hi every one. Here's a very sad story. I've been a Minpin lover all my life, I've had them one at a time since I was a kid. I had/have a 2 year old female, but I got married 6 months ago and my mother begged me to leave this one with her and I had really no chance. When my wife and I moved to our new house, she realised I really needed a min pin and decided to buy me one as a present. She answered a newspaper add from a breeder, went down and bought me a precious female 1 month old that we decided to name INES. I got home, found it over the bed, etc, Next day she started limping, third day she woke up paralised. I rushed her to the vet, who told me x rays and other procedures were needed and I should talk to the breeder to see if he was willing to pay the bill since the puppy had been so recently bought. Called him up an he agreed to meet me, he offered me a full refund or an exchange for the last puppy left, her little sister. Like defective goods at walmart. When asked about the medical bill he replied... This is strictly businesses for me, u want the money back or another dog? This one is defective and should be put to sleep. Just like that. I got so mad that I took both puppies and stormed my way out.. Back to the vet. After running several tests, it was revealed that Ines suffered from a bone degenerating disease caused by some genes that are altered with their parents are way too old. What a breeder, once again. Her spine had more more vertebra than normal and was growing in a S shape inside her body. Thus causing pressure to the heart and lungs that would eventually collapse. The vet said she was in no pain, but she would never move and she didn't have much time. She was only one month old. My wife and I talked it over, and decided to keep her so she could experience what love and a family is until we could see she was in pain.
Ines and Luna (Her sister) came home, and Luna's mission in this world, since the very beginning was to play and take care of Ines while we were away. Months passed by and Ines, although paralised, was healthy as strong as an oak, and the bond between her and Luna was unbreakable. 6 months and 16 days down the road. This last Saturday Ines woke up sad, she didn't eat, she didn't drink water, at 11am as I was getting ready to take it to the vet, she had a heart attack, but came back only to stay like in a state of deep coma. The Vet came over and said it was time. But we decided to keep it until she passed away herself, since she was feeling nothing. Sunday came and she was still the same. At 11pm she lifted her head as if calling my wife, she held her in her arms, Ines looked at us saying good bye and passed away. This has been by far the saddest moment in my entire life.
Luna went crazy, she saw everything. She didn't sleep last night, kept crying and sniffing the house up and down. Today she doesn't want to eat, she's sad, and distant.
If someone has ever gone through something like this, We would really appreciate some advice on how to handle dog mourning. To be honest, we can't even handle it ourselves, but we are more concerned about Luna.
I'm so sorry for your loss :( Dogs, like humans, do grieve losses of their family, whether it's another animal or their human companion. And like with humans, there isn't anything that rushes the grieving process along outside of time. Some humans grieve loss longer than others and so do our pets. I'm sure she may even be feeding off of your grief as well. Take her for long walks, extra playtime ( and snuggle time), anything to get her mind off her sister. If she is still not eating, more importantly not drinking, cook for her and get her to drink. Make sure her emotional grief doesn't turn into a medical crisis. At some point, she may enjoy the company of another MinPin. I'm sure there is a lovely one in a breed specific rescue waiting for a good home.