Stephanie the Psychotic Acrobat (naked_oblivion) wrote in thequestionclub,
Stephanie the Psychotic Acrobat
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The Loss of a Beloved Dog -- Dog Owner Advice Needed

HI TQC,



I come to you today with a very broken heart and lots of confusion. One of my dogs became very ill, very suddenly and I had to make the decision to humanely euthanize her. She had lymphoma and the cancer had spread to her liver. She showed no symptoms until two days before the inevitable happened. Lou was my first dog as an adult and she was my constant companion, my friend, my protector and my partner. She was a huge part of my life and I can't even begin to explain the utter devastation I am feeling.

I have another dog, Sebastian. He and Lou have been together for just over 4 years and they were quite bonded. I can tell he is mourning the loss of his buddy. He isn't wanting to eat much, he is looking for her and he has even started to become a bit destructive. He has NEVER, since I've had him chewed anything he wasn't supposed to and he always took care of his toys. Since she passed, he has ripped apart a few toys and I caught him shredding tissues today. I am spending a lot of time with him, though he appears to be mopey and not his regular self, understandably.

I am just looking to see if anyone has gone through a similar experience or has any words of wisdom or advice for me. I know that I can never replace her, I'm just unsure how to move forward. I've said in the past, that if I lose an animal, even though it is hard it gives me an opportunity to rescue another one. I have started looking at rescue dogs and there is one in particular I have been drawn to.

Sorry that was a bit long... but here are my questions.

Lou just passed on the 21st of December. Do you think it is too soon for me to get another dog? (Pros, Cons?)
Do any of you have experience, either way, dealing with one half of a bonded pair in mourning? Did you get another dog?


TL;DR: I had two dogs that were together for 4 years. When is the right time to get another dog? Or is there a right time? Any experience with a pet in mourning?

I know that ultimately it will be whatever feels right to me, I am just looking for some feedback. Thanks in advance.

DK/DC/Cheer me up: Please tell me about your awesome dogs. What are their names?
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