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    I believe most animals grieve then get over it in time.

    Maybe once your dog is actually dead you can think about getting another dog, your pooch may not be as affected as you may think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    Will be thinking of you both tommorrow.
    SHE PULLED THROUGH =D the blood tests were ok and we went through with the surgery and it went well, cant believe the old girl made it through, i was expecting the worst.

    Sorry to highjack your Thread Sheena, i hope all is well with your doggies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmonyon View Post
    SHE PULLED THROUGH =D the blood tests were ok and we went through with the surgery and it went well, cant believe the old girl made it through, i was expecting the worst.

    Sorry to highjack your Thread Sheena, i hope all is well with your doggies.
    YEAHHHHHHHHHH, nice work both of you, great news.
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    @Schmonyon - fantastic news.

    @Sheena
    I picked cattle dog because they have an "off switch" but they can also have the stamina of a herding on the farm dog.

    But any dog will be as fit as you train it - ie like building up human fitness, start small and work up. Puppies rule of thumb (especially important for the big breeds) is 5 minutes exercise per month of age - so when you first get them 10 minutes in one stint - is enough.

    And there is a website that documents how someone trained their Cav to do a 20km endurance test. So if a Cav can do it any dog can.

    If you want laid back and energetic - I'd look at the Welsh Springer Spaniel. They don't mind a bit of a run with the boss, but they're happy doing nothing much too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmonyon View Post
    SHE PULLED THROUGH =D the blood tests were ok and we went through with the surgery and it went well, cant believe the old girl made it through, i was expecting the worst.

    Sorry to highjack your Thread Sheena, i hope all is well with your doggies.
    Give her a big hug.......hope it all goes well
    Pets are forever

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    Was thinking something more along the lines of a staffy.. not sure though

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    At this point, with your elderly dog so unwell, it would be mean to bring home a new dog, which will cause a kerfuffle. What I would do, is take your dog who'll be left behind, to visit dogs that are being held, for rehoming. Find the dog you feel will be a great mix with the dog left behind and let them play regularly, 2 or 3 times a week. Get yourself approved, pay for the dog, get it desexed, etc., and organise for it to come home the day after your old dog is PD. If I was a rescuer dealing with you, I'd bend over backwards to fit in with you, as the trouble you are taking for both your dogs will be the same that you show, for the new dog. I held a pair of dogs for a perfect home, for 6 weeks, on indefinite hold, but expected to be within 6 months, because the owner wasn't going to shorten her old dog's life by one day, for convenience. That is the home I wanted for the 2 dogs she'd chosen. If you are choosing, there is usually less jealousy between dogs of the opposite sex. They are both desexed I take for granted - but males being males, he's always delighted to have a girl about and spends his life rubbing his paws together, thinking, "When she comes on heat, she's mine..." Luckily, they don't keep track of time. Females can get possessive about territory and harbour jealousy but if they have an admiring male, they tend to see them as besotted servants and already under the thumb. Same sexes can work, with easy going dogs but you don't want to take on an unnecessary problem with same sex jealousy. As to what YOU need in your family situation... What age and size is the female you will still have? What is her temperament? Is she at all arthritic? If she is getting stiffer, a large youthful dog may knock her about and make her sore and short tempered. My best wishes for the future choice and I know, so well, that AWFUL day and decision to come. All you can do is what is best for your dog. Did you mention you had cats? Find a rescuer who has her dogs living with cats. Do consider a greyhound. They are complete house dogs, and are so often so troublefree. I used to call mine the male model. He used to lay around all day, looking elegant and spend 2 X 10 minute sessions sprinting about, eat his dinner and put himself back to bed.

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    At this point, with your elderly dog so unwell, it would be mean to bring home a new dog, which will cause a kerfuffle. What I would do, is take your dog who'll be left behind, to visit dogs that are being held, for rehoming. Find the dog you feel will be a great mix with the dog left behind and let them play regularly, 2 or 3 times a week. Get yourself approved, pay for the dog, get it desexed, etc., and organise for it to come home the day after your old dog is PD. If I was a rescuer dealing with you, I'd bend over backwards to fit in with you, as the trouble you are taking for both your dogs will be the same that you show, for the new dog. I held a pair of dogs for a perfect home, for 6 weeks, on indefinite hold, but expected to be within 6 months, because the owner wasn't going to shorten her old dog's life by one day, for convenience. That is the home I wanted for the 2 dogs she'd chosen. If you are choosing, there is usually less jealousy between dogs of the opposite sex. They are both desexed I take for granted - but males being males, he's always delighted to have a girl about and spends his life rubbing his paws together, thinking, "When she comes on heat, she's mine..." Luckily, they don't keep track of time. Females can get possessive about territory and harbour jealousy but if they have an admiring male, they tend to see them as besotted servants and already under the thumb. Same sexes can work, with easy going dogs but you don't want to take on an unnecessary problem with same sex jealousy. As to what YOU need in your family situation... What age and size is the female you will still have? What is her temperament? Is she at all arthritic? If she is getting stiffer, a large youthful dog may knock her about and make her sore and short tempered. My best wishes for the future choice and I know, so well, that AWFUL day and decision to come. All you can do is what is best for your dog. Did you mention you had cats? Find a rescuer who has her dogs living with cats. Do consider a greyhound. They are complete house dogs, and are so often so troublefree. I used to call mine the male model. He used to lay around all day, looking elegant and spend 2 X 10 minute sessions sprinting about, eat his dinner and put himself back to bed.

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    My older dog got put down a week and a half ago

    My girl that I have left is 18 months old, so no joint issues. Very energetic.
    She is gentle to even the smallest dogs.
    She is 24kg, labrador x golden retriever?? maybe not sure.. shes a medium sized dog.

    Yes I have a cat, he shouldn't be a problem though as I'm more likely going to get a puppy.
    I still live with my parents so any dog I even think about will have to be approved by them, my mother would prefere another female as she doesnt seem to like male dogs

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    Oh that's sad Sheena, RIP to your dog, hopefully playing with mine and everyone else's here over the Rainbow Bridge ...

    How is your other girl and the cat coping ??

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