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Q: Death in family

March 18, 2008 | By CathyMcMullen | 7 answers | Expired: 2207 days ago

My husband recently passed away, and one (his dog) a dachshund is having a real had time. Keeps looking for my husband, real sad. Any help would be appreciated.

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Theresa
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Mar 19, 2008

Cathy, So sorry about your loss. I have to assume your husband did not pass away at home. A lot of pets that are present during the passing of a human companion will accept the loss easier and quicker. Do you have a shirt, pillow, coat...something of your husbands that has his scent on it? Give that to the dog. It will give the scent to the dog. Sit and pet the dog, while it is with the item and console it. Dogs have a grieving process also. It will take time to realize "Daddy" is not coming home. The dog will more than likely sulk and not eat. If you have a male friend or family member that will come over occasionally and play ball or do what ever "Daddy" used to do with the dog. It will help bring the dog around to continue living. Although just remember the pain you feel and the emptiness, the dog also feels. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Sara S.
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Mar 19, 2008

so sorry for your loss. do whatever makes you feel better or helps you grieve.

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amy c.
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Mar 18, 2008

There might not be an answer for this except time. We had a dog named Cooper (who was my moms friend who lived with us dog) my moms friend found a job out of town and only came home for holidays. for sooo long cooper would lay by that door waiting for him to come back ..... but finally he was more into us and didnt give my moms friend the time of day when he came back - we tried everything but the only thing that worked was time

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