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  • Will my other dogs grieve, too?

    10 posts, 8 voices, 1553 views, started Aug 7, 2009

    Posted on Friday, August 7, 2009

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      As most people in this group know, we lost our golden retreiver LoJack to cancer last week.  I have two female labs in the house  and the vet warned me to keep an eye on them for a reaction or grieving.  He said they may stop eating, start barking a lot, things like that.  They seem pretty unaffected so far.  

      We adopted LoJack late in his life and had him for the last 4 years. The labs we have had for their entire life—8 and 12 years. The last two or three months LoJack did slowly back out of the group doggie activities because he was not feeling well...he had a private mealtime and private walks.  I am thinking they just sort of instinctively knew why (even before we did)and since their current routine is the same they are okay with it or understand it somehow.

      I am sure his scent is still all over the place, I can’t bring myself to wash or remove his bed and a few other things just yet...do you think they might react later when his scent fades?  Anyone have experience with this?

      Melissa



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          Tuliplady wrote Aug 7, 2009
        • If your other dogs are not showing any immediate reaction, they’ll probably be just fine.  Dogs are very “right now” animals.

          My old Buddy dog wasn’t affected in the least when our young lab pup disappeared from his life.  On the other hand, when the cat died, Buddy wandered around like a lost soul for weeks.  I think it all depends on how close the relationship between the animals was.



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          Mary Clark wrote Aug 12, 2009
        • Sorry Melissa for your loss.  I had to put my 15 year old britney spaniel down Monday.  She was originally my father’s dog and my father has been deceased since 04/1998.  So it was very hard losing Molly.  We have two other dogs...a black lab and a half Weimreimer -half chocolate lab...and they are young but have not shown any problems as of yet.  Monday they were pretty subdue ...more than usual...maybe because I cried all day.  We had a dalmation that didn’t eat once when his companion died unexpectedly.  So it can happen.



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          Mary Clark wrote Aug 13, 2009
        • Thanks Melissa. I think I did all my grieving on Monday.  I cried all day..but once I wrote a blog about Molly...it was like it took the heaviness from my heart.  I can now talk about her and not break down.  She was a great dog......and now...we have two new ones that we are loving everyday.



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          Kandykahne 5 wrote Aug 13, 2009
        • Sorry for your loss Mary. I’ve been through it too.
          It depends on the animals. If this much time has passed and the other dogs are okay then I think everything will be fine. When we got our female cat Trixy at 6 weeks old we had Mitsy a guinea pig. They actually became friends! I took Mitsy out every night and the two would play together. When Mitsy died Trixy turned really mean towards me, biting and attacking me. She would go in the room and look for Mitsy. I called the vet and since I was the primary handler of Mitsy she determined this is why she was attacking only me. It was rough going for a bit. This cat would stalk me and attack! I knew if we got another guinea pig she’d figure out it wasn’t Mitsy so I went to the humane society and got a kitten. It worked out quite well as she loved her new little friend.happy



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          UK Girl wrote Aug 13, 2009
        • Its true dogs grieve – my Rosie lost weight and wouldn't leave the sofa for around 6 weeks after her best buddy and soul mate Ruby died – I had two King Charles Cavalier Spaniels – Ruby was the older by two years and at the end Rosie mothered Ruby towards the end when she was almost blind and totally deaf .......it broke my heart.  

          Our vet was great he came out to see Rosie every week and I just let her be on the sofa and hand fed her till she adapted to not having her buddy around.

          I still miss them both badly now – Ruby was given to me by my godmother on the day I left hospital with my daughter Alice I used to have them both in the pram and when my sister had her baby and Rosie was old I had those two in the pram .....Tabitha had a hot water bottle !



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