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sylvia
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Oct 20, 2016 at 09:26
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We had to put our sweet Muttly asleep 3 months ago and he left behind his buddy Benny who loved him very much.  Benny has been very depressed over the loss of Muttly and continues to look for him everywhere we go.  Recently my sister's x-husband was moving into a 2 bedroom apartment and could not keep his Westie so he gave her to me.  She is 11 years old and is absolutely adorable.  The only problem is she hates Benny.  She growls at him and at times attacks him especially if I am petting her and he too comes around for some attention.  She is very jealous of him and wants nothing to do with him.  Benny tries to play with her, but she wants nothing to do with him.  if he comes around her, she growls and snarles at him.  Can someone tell me whether or not they think this dog will come around and begin to like Benny.  Has anyone experienced this? She has never been around another dog and  If she doesn't start to get along with Benny, I'm going to have to give her away.



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Sir William
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Oct 20, 2016 at 09:34
• Allen
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Sorry to hear that Muttly had to go to Rainbow Bridge and sorry for your loss.

I would suggest a consult with a professional dog trainer.

Sounds serious and maybe they can gets results faster.

Love Sir William ^--^

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Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie
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Oct 20, 2016 at 09:59
• Deborah
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My heart goes out to you and Benny in your loss of Muttly and I will keep you in my prayers concerning the trouble you're having with the new dog's jealousy. You said she's used to being an only dog and that's probably where the problem lies. I agree, something has to be done before someone gets hurt--consult a trainer maybe? Please let us know how you make out with her.
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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Sherrie
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Oct 20, 2016 at 11:41
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So sorry to hear about Muttly. 

About 8 years ago, my husband and I rescued our Westie, Maggie, who has aggression issues and was an only dog, and not socialized around other dogs.  It took a while for Maggie to adjust to others in her pack, and while she doesn't exactly like the other 2, she tolerates them now.

I'd suggest asking your vet to recommend a dog trainer to work with you on this.

Good luck!

Sherrie


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robin and presley
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Oct 20, 2016 at 14:13
• Sandi
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So sorry to hear about Muttly.  I too suggest that you consult a professional dog trainer.



sandi robin Presley and buster at the bridge


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Diana
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Oct 21, 2016 at 05:04
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Have you had her checked out by your vet to see whether her issues could be medical? Just a thought. Could be that she would be happier being an only dog, could be just a period of adjustment. How long have you had her? A conversation with a trainer might be the way to go as others have suggested.

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Katy ^~^ and Jennifer
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Oct 21, 2016 at 07:21
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Everyone has great suggestions!  I hope you can get it sorted out.


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Caesar and Murphy Latham
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Oct 21, 2016 at 14:28
• Louise
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Sylvia so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet Muttly.  It is so hard for the dog who is left.  Introducing a new dog to a family can be difficult especially if the dog coming is used to being by her self for eleven years.  Also you have to remember she was thrown out of her home and now is in a new environment!  Not easy for any dog or person for sure.  It will take time and patience and getting a good behavioral expert/trainer is definitely the way to go.  I also agree a trip to your Vet for a check up is important and also for suggestions and a good referral for help.  Don't give up yet and let us know how things are going.  Louise, Caesar and Angel Murphy

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NimbySue
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Oct 21, 2016 at 16:45
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We are so sorry for your loss of Muttly and know how heartbreaking it is,we also send Soft warm kisses over the Bridge for Muttly,a year ago we lost our wonderful border collie Emma and were left then with just Nimby a 12 year old active Cairn gal,we could not find another Cairn but fell for a Big Rescue West Highland Boy who was very nearly put down...I have had to get them apart twice very rapidly as one would never have backed down...the first instance though Andrew barged into Nimby on the lawn and that was it a full blown fight..but Nimby in the past has always been a fiesty one also...anyway the 2nd time was just over a crumb of food on the floor...since then they seem to respect and tolerate each other and are company I feel but would not say they are best of chums as they do not play together ever..but Andrew has now a loving forever home ....Nimby just alwatys tolerated our Collie Emma and even had a few fight issues with her!!..I think a lot is wanting to have all the attention and jelousy but I would get a vets check up as others have said and also the adjustment on both sides of the puppers is huge to get used to,a good idea I think is if you can take them out a lot on lead walks together side by side and get them used to sniffing the same areas..if mine have ever had a go at each other I seperate them and them let them calm  and take them for a walk together but Cairns can bare grudges ...as Nimby does!...not sure what breed Benny is!...when we sadly lost all our Cairns and Emma we have been lucky to be able to bury them but my point being is that we have always shown them to the remaining living dogs so they knew that their friend had passed over and could say goodbye..that way they could greive but not be wondering where they had gone,but Dogs like humans show their sadness in many ways....I hope you can find a solution and for Benny's sake Bless him but also for the Westie ...she has lost all her home she had known and family,Andrew although we know nothing of his history has been around other dogs though so its difficult I guess if an only one has not been used to other dogs or even meeting lots of them...Please let us know how you get along...Hugs Annie and Gang xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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sylvia
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Oct 22, 2016 at 08:58
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thank you so much for responding to my e mail.  Benny is a Westie and so was Muttly.  The 11 year old we just got 2 weeks ago is a Wesite but has never been around other dogs.  She is adorable with people, but does not like Benny.  they seem to be ok together when they go out and even when they walk - not a problem.  But when Benny tries to play with her, she attacks him.  She also attacks him if I am petting her and he comes around to get some attention too.  Benny is 13.5 years of age now and is not doing very well with his arthritis.  I really don't think he will be around much longer and at that time, I am going to give her to someone or a shelter, as I really do not want any more dogs.  it's been a difficult time for us after the loss of Muttly.  And I refuse to get close to another dog.  I am hoping that she comes around, but I really don't think she will.  Like I said she tolerates Benny, but I wanted a dog that would play with him and llike him.  I guess just having her here might make it a little better for him since Muttly is gone.  You know we took Muttly to the vet and had him put to sleep and never brought him home to let Benny see him and to this day I regret that, as Benny is always looking for Muttly when we take him for a walk.  Do you think if Benny would have seen that Muttly was dead that he would have stopped looking for Muttly?  I don't know, but it makes me so sad.

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Diana
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Oct 23, 2016 at 21:06
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Please don't give her to a shelter, contact a Westie Rescue group others here might have a contact for you.

Loss of a dog is an extremely emotional time, I lost both my girls within 7 weeks last year which made it even harder and I thank god I had Maddie as I would have been lost without her. 

2 weeks isn't very long for them to get used to one another, maybe give them a little more time to get accustomed to one another.

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