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Old 07-27-2012, 09:57 AM
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Default How long does it take for a dog to get over the death of another dog?

If anyone read my other thread, we put one of our beagles down yesterday. She was tough, but she could no longer even stand or walk anymore so it was time to let her go. It still doesn't even feel real but that's another story. We have two other dogs. One is only a 2 yr old pomeranian. The other is another older beagle who lived with the one we just put down for around 7-8 years.

Maybe it's in my head, but he keeps moping around the house as if he's looking for her. What should have been a ten minute walk was a twenty minute walk around the neighborhood. Do you guys think it'll get better with time? I feel worse for him than I do my family now
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:25 AM
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I think, like people, its going to vary greatly.

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Old 07-27-2012, 02:32 PM
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I think, like people, its going to vary greatly.

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I agree.

We lost Phoebe towards the end of March (this year, so about 4 months ago) She was going on 13 years old, she was here when we got Orson at 3 months old. He's 6 years old now, and he had never known this home without her.

I catch him going to Phoebe's spot under the desk in the family room, sniff around and get a longing look in his eyes. He normally comes to me for loving/reassurance right afterwards. I know he misses her too and it's so hard because he doesn't have many ways to share those feelings

Just keep loving them through it......it's all we can do. (((HUGS)))
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:54 PM
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I don't think it's all in your head. They've done studies that show animals miss their companions.

Like others said, it's going to vary...and all you can do is give extra loving to them to help reassure them and comfort them.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:56 PM
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First, I am very sorry to hear of your loss.

My dogs have never seemed to care when another dog is gone. I always imagined it must be harder on a dog that was used to being in a pair and then suddenly they're the only one, or maybe my dogs just aren't that close. I just chalked it up to the fact that we've always had a group of dogs so maybe that's why they never seem to care, but I really don't know. But like others have said, time is different for everyone. I'm really not sure how long it might take as I've never experienced a dog missing another dog... but I hope your guy feels better soon. Poor pup.
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:28 PM
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I would say it depends, too.

When I brought Jackson home, my moms 4 year old cockapoo dog was living with us. She hated him for the first few weeks but then grew to love him. They became the best of buddies.

Jackson was almost a year old when she got run over by a car. I let him sniff her body before we buried her, and he was very confused. For about two weeks, he seemed really depressed and confused as to where she was. But then he got it over fairly quickly.
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:38 PM
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Our dogs were used to other dogs coming and going because we fostered. But many of them react to a "Where's the puppy?", since we usually relied on the older dogs to keep the younger ones happy while we were busy doing whatever. I've heard from one forever home, however, that the dog missed Zander like CRAZY when he got to them. Makes sense, that particular dog and Zander were very close.

Zander didn't react much when he came to this house with me and there weren't any dogs. He was always goofy, dorky low man on the totem pole, so I think he enjoys his quiet old man time now, rather than getting constantly bugged by 5 or more other dogs.

On the other hand, when my adopted dad died, Macie looked for him for months. Any glace or sniff of any of his things had her in a panic trying to find him. She'd cry all day, pace the house, go off her food.

Every dog is different, but it will all take time.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:34 PM
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I've always had dogs coming and going, since I used to do rescue...

But Ruger was very attached to an Am Bully puppy I had in Oregon... after she had to be put down for temperament issues, he was depressed for months. He gathered her favourite toys and laid in her favourite spot. I'll never forget the time he brought me her leash and just laid his head in my lap with it...

Eventually he started behaving like normal again, but he's never bonded to another dog like he did her
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:15 PM
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Thanks for all the replies! I've been trying to get our other beagle out more and giving him more exercise to keep him active and such. I read online that it helps them move on (not to mention it's good to walk them anyway). Being that we buried her in the backyard, I'm a little surprised our other beagle hasn't sniffed his way over there yet, even in his old age. Either way I feel like it's not as bad as I thought originally.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:14 AM
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My mother has a little mutt named Radar. When we adopted Radar at 6 months, we already owned a beagled named Lilly. For the next 11 years, the running joke was that Lilly was queen, and Radar was her toadie. He washed her, ran with her, brought her treats, and would even bark for her if she wanted to go outside. He literally did everything for her.

Lilly eventually died of cancer, and we were sure that Radar would be utterly devestated without her. He wasn't. He looked for her for about the first day, then seemed to forget she had ever existed.


On the other hand, my own Argon lived as a single dog for a year since his adoption, when I took in a foster dog, Neon. Argon is someone DA and never seemed to care much for Neon one way or the other. After 4 months, Neon died of a fast growing cancer. Argon was crushed. He looked for Neon fofr weeks, laid in his bed, and acted like his world had ended. It was so strange.

My answer? There's no guessing.
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