Monday, November 23, 2015

And they call it puppy love...

My girls with our new puppies, Sargeant and Sebastian.
Hi Everyone! Danica Favorite here and I am a little late getting my post up for today because we have had major changes in our house!

About six months ago, our dog passed away after being my companion for fifteen years. My family wanted a new dog right away, but I wasn't ready. Finally, over the past few weeks, I started thinking we should get another dog, and I've been watching the dog rescue sites. For a variety of reasons, we wanted schnauzers, so I've been waiting to find one. A little over a week ago, a pair of brothers showed up on the rescue site, and we fell in love. We went through the adoption process, yesterday, the rescue group brought the dogs to our house for a home visit. Everything worked out perfectly, and we found ourselves with two new puppies at our house!

Even though we were ready for the dogs, it's been an unexpected experience. The dogs turn one this week, so they're still at the puppy stage, and because they spent much of that year being neglected, they are not your typical one year olds. We're working on potty training and socialization, among other things. Because of the lives they led until now, if you leave them for even a minute, they think you're leaving forever. And when you walk into a room, they're like, "oh yay! She's back! I missed you so much! Never leave me again!"

We adopted a set of brothers who'd never been separated. With our dog, Grant, we always regretted not having a doggie companion for him, so when we found these guys, we thought it would be perfect. Except I forgot how much work one puppy was, let alone two! When you finally get one calmed down, the other decides to be worked up. The rescue organization said that they were very quiet and not your typical puppies. HA! These guys have been nothing but happy little bundles of energy since we got them. Every time I go to sit down, I have a dog crawling all over me, saying, "hey! Did you forget about me? Do you still love me? Are you going to keep me?" And when I finally get one settled down, the other one thinks it's his turn.

Even though our Grant had been sick a long time, and I knew his end was coming, losing him was hard. We'd had him since he was a baby, and he was my constant companion. The last year or so was hard, because he required a lot of care, and in some ways, it was like having a puppy- minus the energy. I'd forgotten about the energy!

Losing a pet is hard. Especially when it's been someone who is like family. And even though I still miss Grant, it gets easier every day. We got the dogs when everyone in the family was ready. I think the girls wanted a new dog within a couple of weeks, but it took me months to be ready. Grief is a really personal thing, and what I've learned from this process is that you have to let your process be your process. People will give advice and tell you what they think about where you should be in grieving your pet, but here is my take: let it be whatever it needs to be for you.

We have these great new puppies. I'm enjoying them very much. But I know there will be days when I still miss Grant, and that's okay. Of course, these guys are such bundles of energy, I'm not sure when I'll have time to miss him!

How about you? Have you ever lost a pet? How did you handle the grief? And if you have some good puppy training tips, let me know!

8 comments:

  1. Such great thoughts on grief and letting it be an individual process. I hurt for you about Grantie, my friend. I still miss pets I lost decades ago, but it does get easier with time. Great post! Love ya. :-) The two new puppies are so blessed to have you guys.

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  2. So glad you got shelter dogs! And so agree with what you said about grief. It is an individual process. I still miss a kitty I rescued from a 100 degree parking lot. Only had him three years when he died of a stroke.

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  3. I forgot to add that I did get another kitty from the shelter who had FIP...normally fatal, only no one ever told Suzy that. The vet said if she made it to two, she had outgrown it. Suzy turns 3 this month and seems to be really healthy. And unlike Mazie, she likes me.

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  4. Sorry for your loss.....pets are family too, and some people just don't get that. Before we got our two dogs, we raised guinea pigs. Over the course of 13 years, we raised and lost over 8 little furry friends. The two dogs we have now are Chihuahua mixes.....a Minpin (Chihuahua/Miniature Pincher) and a Chug (Chihuahua/Pug). They are both my babies. Everyone grieves at the loss in different ways. We got the dogs shortly before our last guinea pig passed over the Rainbow Bridge, so it was easier on us to say goodbye.......his name was Stewart Little Jack Sparrow and he was loved so much. Hugs to you and your family.

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  5. Losing pets is so hard! It was my hubby, a self proclaimed cat disliker, who suggested we needed to get another cat when our family one passed away. He knew pets fill our life! Our animals are rescues also and I just love that. Just a week ago we added a brand new rescue to our family! She had been in the shelter and foster homes for two years. She is very shy, but she stole our hearts. The shelter and foster people were ecstatic when we said we wanted her. She is beyond lovable and already loves us all.
    Thanks for sharing about your two new ones. I know how hard it is!

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  6. I have had 4 cats. one tended to run away and the last time just didn't come back the first two disappeared to die. the last one Horse was sick. I had been to the city for a few days and came back and could see how sick she was. (kidney disease) There was nothing that could really be done. It was hard to lose her but being able to say goodbye made it easier. Its the not knowing where the pet is that makes it harder (one of the first two we did find after it had passed away). I can't have a pet kitten here where I am now and do miss having a cat to cuddle. No potty training tips.

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  7. Sorry for your loss.....pets are family too, and some people just don't get that. Before we got our two dogs, we raised guinea pigs. Over the course of 13 years, we raised and lost over 8 little furry friends. The two dogs we have now are Chihuahua mixes.....a Minpin (Chihuahua/Miniature Pincher) and a Chug (Chihuahua/Pug). They are both my babies. Everyone grieves at the loss in different ways. We got the dogs shortly before our last guinea pig passed over the Rainbow Bridge, so it was easier on us to say goodbye.......his name was Stewart Little Jack Sparrow and he was loved so much. Hugs to you and your family.

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  8. That's so wonderful you've gotten two new dogs! They're adorable!

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