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Old 11-30-2008, 11:21 AM   #1
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Hiya, Im not sure if im doing this right or not but im just after some advice. Up until last week I had a brown labrador who is 3 and a black labrador who was 2, tragically the black lab got run over and was killed. The brown lab saw the accident and her sister die, this has left her very sad and she keeps crying and looking for Jet. We have tried to keep her busy taking her for runs and she has been sleeping with us so she is not on her own. My question is what do you think i should do for the best? Has anyone else been in a similar situation? Im off work this week but when i go back im worried about leaving her on her own. The 2 girls went everywhere together and slept in the same bed so it has been hard coming to terms with the loss. I am wondering whether to get another companion for bully or where to go from here?? Im not in anyway wanting to replace jet and part of me doesnt want to get another dog for that reason, I hope someone out there can give me some advice and guidance. Bully is at the vets on wed so i will have a chat with him too x

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First of all, welcome to dogforum. I'm so sorry that such tragic circumstances have brought you here. Jet's sister will miss her and is going through a grieving process. One of my dogs witnessed his brother die, I ran into Cambridge Vet Hospital with him in my arms, and the other dog at my side when the dog in my arms died.

Charlie was depressed for some time at the absence of his friend and I never did get another dog to be his friend. Having said that he was older 10 - with a life expectancy of 16.

So, its early days yet and she has to have time. However, I didn't work full time and I could take my dogs into work with me on occasion. It is different for you as you are working full time, so you dog will get lonely. I personally wouldn't leave one dog on its own if I was working full-time. I would get a friend for my dog at home.

Let us know what you decide. You could do doing Bully a favour getting her a companion, and maybe saving another dog by giving it a home. Of course it could never take Jet's place, but you could make a difference to that dog's life.

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Old 11-30-2008, 11:48 AM   #3
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I would also like to say welcome,

She will need time to grieve the same as we do when we lose a loved one. Have you thought of a rescue dog you could have a word with them first, tell them what has happen, and you should be able to take her along with you to see how she will respond to another dog.

I know this is a difficult for you as well, but time and happy memories will help you get past this terrible time.
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Hi and welcome to the forum . I am sorry it is under such tragic circumstances. So sorry to hear of what happened to your girl.

As Briard Lover says dogs like human eed time to grieve. I would leave off getting a companion for a few weeks and see how she reacts and if she still seems to need company I would thiink of getting her a friend.

Hope it works out for you both and do keep us posted.
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:56 PM   #5
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Thankyou everyone for your replies, I will see how she is over the next few weeks and take it from there. She is lying next to me on the sofa now bless her i just feel so sad for her x

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I'm so, so sorry to hear what happened, I know it's devastating. Labs are so social that because you work full time I don't really think you can leave your other dog from now on without a companion - especially when she isn't used to being alone and is already missing her sister. Saying that, I don't think you should get a companion straight away, both you and your dog need to adjust to the loss first. Only when you're ready and you feel you dog might be ready, then it's time to think about another companion.

I don't think you'll simply be 'replacing' Jet. Every dog has a different character, you'll simply love the new dog for who and what he/she is and you'll still miss the one you lost.

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Hiya and welcome to the forum. Sosorry for your lose. I would have to agree with what has already been said. Keep us posted of how things are going.

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Welcome.
Sorry for your loss. Maybe fostering a dog would help.
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I'm so, so sorry to hear what happened, I know it's devastating. Labs are so social that because you work full time I don't really think you can leave your other dog from now on without a companion - especially when she isn't used to being alone and is already missing her sister. Saying that, I don't think you should get a companion straight away, both you and your dog need to adjust to the loss first. Only when you're ready and you feel you dog might be ready, then it's time to think about another companion.

I don't think you'll simply be 'replacing' Jet. Every dog has a different character, you'll simply love the new dog for who and what he/she is and you'll still miss the one you lost.

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I have to agree wholeheartedly with this.... I too lost a dog to a car accident - it is not something anyone whether it be animal or human who might witness it will soon forget....you all need to grieve.
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