Post # 1
My Fiance and I lost our 14yo lab this week. It has been so hard not having him with us anymore but I think that the one taking it the hardest is our chihuahua. She has never been on her own before and keeps moping around the house looking for her “brother”.
I have been spending as much of my free time with her that I can and bringing her everywhere with me. I’m just worried about what to do when we are at work. I have looked into doggie daycare but I have not heard anything good about the ones around where I live. We are going be getting another dog but that won’t be for a few months.
Any suggestions from anyone that has been through this would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, it breaks my heart.
My parents cat (which was mine too until I moved out 1.5 yrs ago) has gone through this twice, she’s 16 1/2 years old, so she’s had a few “siblings” in her life.
A few years ago they lost their other cat when he was only 4, she wandered the house for a few days looking. Just this past Christmas, their other cat went out and never came home. Again the cat was confused looking for her. Both times after a few days she stopped but they made sure to give her extra TLC.
Post # 4
@MelBan: I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your lab. 🙁 I haven’t experienced the loss of a pet (yet), but the thought of losing my little devils is horrible….
I had a friend who couldn’t get another dog right away after her golden passed, nor could she find a decent doggy daycare that wasn’t too far off. One of her neighbors had a dog that her dog could play with during the day, and it DEFINITELY helped with the loneliness until she was able to get the lab she has now. 🙂
It sounds like you’re doing everything you could do. Is there a neighborhood pup your little one could play with?
Post # 5
Are there dog walkers in your area who do group walks where the small dogs are together (vs small and big together which can cause problems with pace, stamina etc on group walks)? I’d try that route! Dog parks in the evening might be nice as well?
Post # 6
I’m sorry about your loss. My family lost our retriever mix a few years ago and our younger dog was pretty depressed for a while. He’s an old man himself (going to be 12 this year) and my parents just gave him more attention. They weren’t planning on getting another dog because they thought it would be too hard on them, but situation changed and they ended up getting a great dane puppy. I agree with other people though, finding neighborhood dogs that your little chichi can play with is a good idea. My parents would have their friends bring their dogs over and that helped a lot too.
Post # 7
Thank you so much for all the advice! I am trying to set up play dates for her now. Also took her to Petsmart and spoiled the hell out of her!