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    Hi Guys, New User here but needed to throw something out there to get some help for my girl. Rusty is 9 and she came to me at 6 months - very timid and a history of abuse. Over time I had her seen by a animal psychologist and worked out a few of her issues (they all have them lol). To cut a long story short as she got older a lot of her issues went away.

    In March we lost Rusty's (and our) best friend to a degenerative spinal disease, she was 15 and Rusty had spent the whole time with her.

    With her best friend gone, Rusty is so depressed - She is socially withdrawn, tired, lazy, she's lost all mojo she had.

    I have been trying to hype her up - play with her, walk, run, new toys. BUT Nothing seems to work as when we have finished she just runs back to her bed and lays down again. Her eyes look sad, she is missing her friend dearly.

    She is not a highly social dog as in she is very protective of me and generally doesn't enjoy the company of other dogs. She is now super protective of me which has seemed to get worse. She used to stay as I looked to cross the road, now she won;t let me go near the road without her. So as many have suggested getting another dog will not really fix the issue...... Or will it. It has been nearly 4 months now.

    Help It's so sad to see her like this.

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    A new companion may help her, but you will need to select one very carefully. I would go for an adult that is close in age to her.

    Your best bet in my opinion would be to contact a few rescue groups within the your area and aks them about possibly suitable dogs. Ask if they would extend the settling in period and explain your situation. Then, bring suggested dogs home on trial for a 3 - 4 week period to see how she goes.
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    Thank you for the reply. I think you are spot on with a dog around the same age..... We have an RSPCA right near us too.... I wonder if I suggest a trial they will be ok with that.

    She has moved into the sun now to lay and relax - it's the only time she seems happy.

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    I agree with Anne. I think another dog might be a good idea.

    We had exactly this problem with Molly when we lost Charlie. She was so upset and even started gaining weight. She would also lay next to Charlie's blanket all day and look thorougly miserable. We ended up getting another dog (we had two bitches other than Molly, but realised that she seemed to be a bitch who really needed a dog around her. Strange, but that's how is appeared), and it was the best thing we ever did for her. She was like a different dog, and was back to her old self very quickly. She is also a dog who is very close to me and tends to be a little protective.

    I wouldn't say that this is the case with all dogs, but it did work for ours and she is a happy and active dog again.

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    if you want a dog on trial - talk to the groups that foster dogs. The people who are looking after various dogs will know if the dog they're looking after will suit you or not.

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    RSPCA and pounds dont usually let you have a "trail" period. I agree that looking at pet rescue is a great idea- lots of them have purchased the animals from RSPCA or pounds to prevent them being PTS- and will allow a settleing in period. We got our dog via one of these and they agreed to take the dog back for up to 4 weeks after we got him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetboy View Post
    RSPCA and pounds dont usually let you have a "trail" period. I agree that looking at pet rescue is a great idea- lots of them have purchased the animals from RSPCA or pounds to prevent them being PTS- and will allow a settleing in period. We got our dog via one of these and they agreed to take the dog back for up to 4 weeks after we got him.


    I think any rescue group should take back any of the dogs adopted out if the need arose. Otherwise the whole exercise seems pointless.

    And OP , I also think a companion may help. It doesn't have to ne a dog sometimes either , what is pooch like with cats for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rustygirl View Post

    In March we lost Rusty's (and our) best friend to a degenerative spinal disease, she was 15 and Rusty had spent the whole time with her.

    And


    She is not a highly social dog
    as in she is very protective of me and generally doesn't enjoy the company of other dogs.
    Hi Rustygirl...


    Thanks for sharing your concerns about Rusty.



    Just need to clarify a few things...

    Is Rusty anti social towards people, other dogs or both?

    can you describe what you mean by anti-social??? Some examples?

    Has this always been the case, even with the other dog, or only since loosing her mate?

    Given her age & difficult past, I would also suggest fostering a rescue dog to see if she copes & improves.

    Hopefully they will allow your dog an initial meet & greet....If one seems promising, then trial the other dog with her.
    Use this time to allow them to socialise under supervision. Consider the new dogs' past history also....It may take some time for them to sort out pack hierarchy with themselves & your family.

    Perhaps try some socialisation at basic dog obedience classes, or have a get together with your friends dogs?

    Try to remember......

    You will never be able replace her lost friend, but you might be able to replace her loneliness with a similar friend.

    Fingers crossed for Rusty whatever happens
    Last edited by Chipps; 07-17-2011 at 10:56 AM. Reason: Heaps of typos

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    She is shy and now have depression to loose her friend.You must arrange another friend.I think it is the solution for this to remove depression.

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