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Old 08-06-2016, 05:10 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I had Tina and Shotsie, Tina was old and Shotsie took her outside and layed with her. When Tina passed Shotsie was never the same. I got Bella, she never bothered her just ignored her, Shotsie live 3 years after Tina but was never the same
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Just wondering what grieving looks like in dogs, how long it lasts, etc. It seems to involve a lot of sleeping followed by gradually regaining an interest in the world. Anyone have any stories?

With Trina and Kaydee, because they were pretty close and slept near each other so much, I did notice a small change in Trina, when Kaydee passed away. Nothing really that significant , but she did seem to look around the rooms for a couple of days. Kind of like she was looking for Kaydee. When we saw that, we got her interested in something else, and then she was fine.

As for a lot of sleeping, I didn't notice anything different, out of her normal sleeping habits. She still seemed happy when she went outside, and when we went for walks.
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I am just now reading this thread. I am so grateful to see all of these different perspectives. My sisters cat died and suddenly her 10 year old dog, who never had been irritable before, got very irritable and snappy. We could not figure out where it came from. Grief makes perfect sense. Thanks to everyone for sharing.
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I am just now reading this thread. I am so grateful to see all of these different perspectives. My sisters cat died and suddenly her 10 year old dog, who never had been irritable before, got very irritable and snappy. We could not figure out where it came from. Grief makes perfect sense. Thanks to everyone for sharing.

I'm so sorry about your sister's cat. :-( Grief comes in many forms. I do hope though that her dog is doing better now.
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My story is a bit different, it's about grieving for a human.
My aunt had two Golden Retrievers. Sammy was 14 and suffering greatly with hip dysplasia and arthritis. Timber was still young.
They were just getting ready to put the older one down when my uncle was diagnosed with cancer. In six weeks he was dead. Quick and at home. Sammy had stayed by his side the whole time.
When he died Sammy was in a terrible state, wouldn't eat or sleep or take his meds. On the day of the funeral my dad and I suggested we take the dogs to see my Uncles body. The old boy managed to walk into the funeral home and went right to the casket. He sniffed for a bit, then turned around and left. The young one didn't bother much.
He ate as soon as he got home and had a nice long sleep. It was like he needed to see the body and know his man was gone.
A week later Sammy was put down, he went so easily. Finally in no pain. Timber was brought in to see his body so that he would know Sammy wouldn't be coming home.
Timber gave a quick sniff and was done. After that he never had any problems adjusting to being a single dog. But he would never sleep on Sammy's old bed.



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That was a beautiful story! Thank you for telling it to us. How dear and sweet.
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My story is a bit different, it's about grieving for a human.
My aunt had two Golden Retrievers. Sammy was 14 and suffering greatly with hip dysplasia and arthritis. Timber was still young.
They were just getting ready to put the older one down when my uncle was diagnosed with cancer. In six weeks he was dead. Quick and at home. Sammy had stayed by his side the whole time.
When he died Sammy was in a terrible state, wouldn't eat or sleep or take his meds. On the day of the funeral my dad and I suggested we take the dogs to see my Uncles body. The old boy managed to walk into the funeral home and went right to the casket. He sniffed for a bit, then turned around and left. The young one didn't bother much.
He ate as soon as he got home and had a nice long sleep. It was like he needed to see the body and know his man was gone.
A week later Sammy was put down, he went so easily. Finally in no pain. Timber was brought in to see his body so that he would know Sammy wouldn't be coming home.
Timber gave a quick sniff and was done. After that he never had any problems adjusting to being a single dog. But he would never sleep on Sammy's old bed.



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That is such a sad story. I'm sorry. It was like this story of the Argentinean dog I've read a few years back. Here is an old link:

Loyal dog sits by master's grave for 6 YEARS - NY Daily News
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I am just now reading this thread. I am so grateful to see all of these different perspectives. My sisters cat died and suddenly her 10 year old dog, who never had been irritable before, got very irritable and snappy. We could not figure out where it came from. Grief makes perfect sense. Thanks to everyone for sharing.
My dog died in the end of July. Ironically, the only one who really missed her original buddy-the cat. My persian cat Spunky. The rest of the animals didn't really like her due to her aggression issues. Spunky never had a problem despite that Sahara was sometimes mean to him. He has been yowling every night for weeks. I've also noticed he has been in a terrible mood and picking fights with our other cat. He hates the new poodle mix puppy and hisses whenever he looks at him. This comes from a cat that never hissed at all before this. I think he is the only one in the family who is having as much of a hard time as I am.

Spunky was a kitten got while I was in college. A Harvard law school student bred his Persians and had a litter of kittens. I helped take care of the litter because the guy didn't know what he was doing and accidently killed one of the kittens with the door. When he went for his interviews in NYC, I promised to look after them if I could keep Spunky. So I've had Spunky since he was 4 weeks old and he acts like a dog and fetches.

I never showed a photo of Spunky in my other post about my zoo. Here is a photo of my original dynamic duo.
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jediempress that is a beautiful story. I certainly agree that dogs can grieve for humans. My mom's dog still looks for her next door neighbor who passed in February very suddenly. If he wasn't at home or out with my mom, he was at this neighbor's home. I think he liked her more than me (and I co own him!).

I have one more story about a dog training friend who was on her way to the vet with her very ill dog and the dog died in the car. Rather than continuing to the vet she went back home and brought the dog's body in the house and put it on a blanket on the living room floor. Each of the other dogs came over and sniffed their dead friend got some pets from mom and then moved off. She is very convinced that doing so helped the other dogs understand their old friend's disappearance.
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