My old dog died. How can I help my younger dog?
April 21, 2005 7:15 AM Subscribe
My 14 year old dog died yesterday. I also have a 3 year old dog who is puzzled and sad; what can I do to help him adjust?
posted by mygothlaundry to Pets & Animals (14 answers total)
I had to take my old dog Toby
to the vet to be put to sleep yesterday morning. It's a long story; I'm very sad, it happened suddenly but yet had been a long time coming. However, as far as my younger dog knows, I put Toby in the car and drove away and then came home without him, crying. I did stay with Toby as he died and let my younger dog sniff me when I got home; does he know now that Toby is gone? Should I get rid of the extra dog beds & sweep & mop all the floors right away or wait? I took away his food bowl this morning and that was weird enough; my other dog kept looking for it. What can I do to help my younger dog adjust? He's never been an only dog before, and he's been awfully quiet since yesterday.