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Q: Death in family

March 18, 2008 | By CathyMcMullen | 7 answers | Expired: 2451 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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ruthie
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Mar 19, 2008

I am truely sorry for your loss, it is hard to grieve yourself without worrying about a beloved pet to. If you have the time and energy you could take your pet to a park or spend some extra time with her going for walks or learning a new trick to distract her from her grief and yours.I would also suggest, only if you are comfortable and think she would do well with the attention, that a visit to your local nursing home would be great for her, you and the residents of the home. So many elderly people no longer have their pets due to having to live in a care facility and really miss that connection between human and animal. I wish you both well. I hope you know how much your zootoo friends feel for you and will keep you in our prayers.

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Jessie R.
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Mar 19, 2008

First let me say I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I can't imagine the pain that you and your dog are going through. You have already gotten some fantastic advice. I think that getting another pet is a great idea but if you're not up for that, try to give him something that smells like your husband as recommended below. A shirt, blanket, anything that he can snuggle up with. Make sure to spend extra time with him right now - I'm sure you both could use one another's support right now. God Bless you.

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Sally1234123
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Mar 19, 2008

I am sorry for the loss.My mom's dog died not even 2 months ago and my mom had another dog.The other dog always would look for the other dog but would never find her.The dog got very sad until my mom got another dog and the one dog forgot about the other dog well did not forget but had fun with the new dog and did not worry anymore.

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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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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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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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Animalluversgurl8
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Mar 18, 2008

the best way to deal with this is to get another pet as a friend...when my great grandpa passed away his dog wouldn't stop looking for him so finally my great grandma's daughter has 4 dogs and when my great grandma passed away he was happy as ever when he got with other dogs..:~) hope you'll think about this

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