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How dogs react when a loved one dies

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Dogs do mourn the loss of a loved one. Pets can show signs of mourning in ways that the family does not recognize. Many dogs have a significant attachment to their owners and other family members. They can show anxiety, stress even if there is a short term separation.  Death can be much worse on them. They can sit and wait by the door or at the window everyday in anticipation that their loved one will eventually come home.

Some signs that a dog is mourning after a loved one dies are:

  • A less amount of social interactions.
  • Not interested in playing
  • moping or listlessness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Restlessness at night
  • Weight loss

Here’s a story that was posted by Pet Place.com.

Perhaps, the most famous dog-grieving story of all time is that of Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye terrier owned by a Mr. John Gray of Edinburgh, Scotland. Mr. Gray passed away in 1858 and was buried in Greyfriars Churchyard, Bobby was one of the conspicuous mourners. As time went by he never forgot his deceased master. Every day for the next 14 years until his own death in 1872, Bobby spent each night lying on his master’s grave come rain, hail and snow. In honor of Bobby’s devotion, a statue and water fountain was erected to his memory in 1873.

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