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   Posted 9/16/2009 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   
My mom is within days of passing.  She has a poodle that has been by her side.  The thing is when my mom passes, no one wants this dog.  Everyone in the family has said please don't try to give me this dog.  Once I get back to my normal routine, I am gone from the house 12-14 hours a day.  This dog is used to someone being around 24/7.
Do pets grieve?  Should I try to find an elderly person to take the dog or will the poodle be miserable with a new owner?  Some family members suggested I put the dog to sleep and bury her with mom so she can keep protecting her.  I just don't feel right taking the dog's life.
Have any of you faced this before, if so what are your suggestions?

Pink Grandma
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   Posted 9/16/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
((((Trying 2 help))), I am so sorry about your mom.
In answer to your question. I believe animals grieve. For hours our little dog stayed with my husband in the bed while he was dying and even after he died. He did not want to leave him. Both of our dogs missed him. They kept walking around the house looking for him. But like people they get through it. So please find a good home for your mom's dog when the time comes. Since he is already used to older people, an elderly person sounds like a good plan.

Thoughts and prayers.........
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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 9/16/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
My son  had a wonderful dog and when he passed his dog howeled for weeks . Which she never did before. She became very depressed chewing herself all up. The vet tried everything steroids ,spray, injections nothing worked. I know she was extremly unhappy and sad ,after 2 years of trying to help we couldnt stand seeing her this way,so we had to put her down.
It was very difficult to do . So yes dogs do grieve.
Take Care and my Thoughts  and Prayers are with you All

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   Posted 9/16/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   

I am sorry to hear that your mom's end is near.  Pets do grieve, as others have noted.  However, how you handle the situation depends a lot on the age of the animal and how long he has been with your mom.  I do think that you should try to find a good home with an older person (though preferably a healthy one.)  If that does not work out and the dog is still unhappy, you might want to consider putting him down.  Do try to find a home for him first, though. 



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   Posted 9/16/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Trying2help, how are you holding up? I just wanted to let you know I'm  thinking of you. Take care of yourself.


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