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Sylvia
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Aug 30, 2016 at 04:51
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I really need some advice from someone out there please.  I lost my Westie, Muttly,  approximately 6 weeks ago from cancer in his throat.  He was 13.5 years of age.  We also have another Westie, Benny,  who is 13 years of age, who grew up with Muttly and loved him dearly.  Our Benny, besides us, is having a very difficult time without Muttly.  he walks around the house with a toy in his mouth whining and looking for Muttly everywhere.  When he goes on a walk he looks for Muttly.  When he goes outside in the backyard where Muttly spent most of his time, he looks for him.  This has been a very difficult time for us, but it is even worse for the companion he left behind.  Is there anything at all we can do for Benny?  I'm not sure if getting another dog is the answer?


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Sir William
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Aug 30, 2016 at 05:11
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We as well as our beloved doggies go through a grieving process. Some do better than others. And we feel bad cause they cannot tell us what they are going through.

Lots of kind words cuddles and special time should help.

Love Sir William ^--^ and Allen

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Diana
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Aug 30, 2016 at 05:23
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I already had Kelsi 15 and Hannah 13 (both Westies) when I got a new Westie puppy Matilda (Maddie) in September 2015 and believe it or not they became as thick as thieves even with the big age gap, it seemed to give them a new lease on life and it was good for me too as I'd been worrying about Kelsi given her age. And thankfully I did do it as 12 months late in September 2016 I lost Kelsi to pneumonia and in the following 7 weeks I lost Hannah to (large mass in her abdomen) so Maddie was my lifeline I don't like to think where I'd have been without her after losing my 2 beautiful girls. When we lost them so suddenly I immediately asked Maddie's breeder did she have any puppies and thankfully she let me have first choice (pups were born 2 days before Hannah's passing). The 8 weeks when it was just Maddie and I she was so clingy and luckily I only worked for 5 of those 8 weeks as I'd come home and she would sit on my feet I guess so she knew when I moved so she could follow me. She was incredibly lonely and I was incredibly sad. To cut a long sad story short along came Izabella and these 2 adore one another, Maddie plays with her endlessly and she has become less clingy, she is so much happier now.

If I wasn't working or not working full-time I may not have got another puppy so quickly, but I wouldn't give Izzy back that's for sure. 

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Diana
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Aug 30, 2016 at 05:35
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How remiss of me .... I forgot to say how terribly sorry I am to hear of Muttly's passing.

Maddie was like that too looked around every corner at every dog we came across. 

If you aren't ready for another dog does he like toys or music? Maddie has a snuggle puppy, all my girls had them and loved them till the end and she had plenty of other toys and I'd turn on the radio when I went to work. I still turn on the radio for both my girls now, I used to do it for Kelsi and Hannah too. Is there a neighbour with a dog who can let play with Benny a couple of times a week, or one that can go for a walk with you both?

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Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie
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Aug 30, 2016 at 12:53
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Sylvia, my heart goes out to you. We lost our beloved Westie, Kelsie, to a blood cancer a little over 3 years ago. We didn't have any other pups at the time, but our three cats (who loved her to bits!) were heartbroken, searching the house for her over and over again. We swore we wouldn't get another dog, but after a few months of grieving and walking into a house that was way too quiet, we began searching for another pup. Emmie is now two years old and has brought our house back to life. Everyone grieves at a different pace. Some people jump in right away and find a dog weeks after losing theirs. Others have to wait a while. After nursing Kelsie through her illness, we needed time to get back to normal before we brought another pup into our lives. Search your heart and ask yourself if you want another dog or not. It's a very personal decision and one only you can answer. Let us know how you and Benny are coping.
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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Moshe and Levi
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Aug 30, 2016 at 14:36
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We lost our sweet Moshe on March 18. What a shock it was we are still not over it but at least we have Levi still with us he just turned 11 years old. Levi grieved for a very long time and he still misses Moshe. Levi was sleeping a lot and not playing with his toys that he loves. Now he is all alone but in about 2 months we hope to get a Westie girl who is 5 years old. She just gave birth to 2 boy pups.
I hope and pray that he will start playing again. Am too old to train a puppy and this Westie needs a home because she is closing up everything because she is very ill with big heart problems.
I hope that you will be able to get a a other dog to help your Muttly get over the loss. If not maybe you can find another family that has a dog that needs playing also.
Am so sorry for your loss.
Hugs,Levi ,Angel Moshe and Yoka

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Rebecca and Connor
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Aug 30, 2016 at 16:34
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I'm very sorry about Muttly.

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NimbySue
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Aug 30, 2016 at 17:02
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We are so sorry you have lost Muttly and we blow soft warm kisses to him over the Rainbow Bridge,our dogs grieve just like we do,we lost our collie last year and although Nimby did not grieve for Emma we got a rescue West Highland...she is not good chums with him but he is company and he deserved a good home as he had a not very nice time before ....My old Cairn Eric grieved  when we lost Dear Gremmie a cairn girl ...they used to kiss every morning ...yes Eric missed Gremmie a great deal,see how  Benny is in a week or so and if you meet other dogs is he happy?...maybe an older rescue companion,a wee girl Westie....when all of our puppers have died we have always buried them at home and let the others see them and help us to lay them to rest...I do feel that way they know what has happened and will not look or wonder where their little chum has gone,Once again we are so sorry for your loss and know its hard enough to go through and also upsetting moreso when the one pupper is left on their own...let us know how Benny is doing ....Hugs Annie and Gang xxxxxxxxxxxxxx







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sylvia
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Sep 11, 2016 at 18:23
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What's happening is unbelievable!!!  I requested advice on what to do for my dog Benny, when we lost Muttly.  Muttly died from a tumor in his trachea.  He had a cough from around the age of 7 and he was 13.5 yrs when we had to put him down.  I didn't think the cough  was any big problem, as it only occurred when you would pick  him up and set him down and then only when you picked him up in a certain area of his chest.  After setting him down he would choke like he had something in his throat for just an instance..  In the last 6 months of his life he developed a tan line down the front of   his lips and also had very bad breath ( he had  his teeth cleaned 6 months earlier).  Vet said the line down  his lips was nothing to be concerned about and that we needed to begin brushing his teeth.  Now, My Benny has also been coughing and acting like he has something caught in his throat.  he's been doing this for I know 6 or 7 years.  I spoke to the vet about it quite some time ago and was told it was probably allergies.  We noticed last week, that he now has developed a tan line down the front of his lips and is also developing bad breath.  This dog is having the same symptoms that Muttly had.  He too is 13 years of age.  We are bewildered by this.  I did some research on heartgard plus to see what side affects there might be and there were not very many.  When I looked up side effects for Frontline Plus, one side effect was that a dog could develop thyroid cancer.  I am sick about this.  I really think Benny is developing a tumor in his trachea.  Has any one out there ever heard of this???

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