I have a beautiful lab who was a rescue after being severely abused. She lives with a little Pomeranian whom she dearly loves that is scheduled to be put down next week. My question is this: should I show Sadie the little dog's body so she will know what is going on?
I would. You are giving your lab a chance at closure. Dogs, like people, can and do mourn in their own way. I think you are insightful for looking ahead for the best way to handle this difficult time in your family's life.
Last edited by pbc; 11-15-2009 at 12:24 PM.
From my past experience through the years with this sad subject, I would say yes. Ours have always been helped "over the Bridge" at home and then laid on the back deck, where the others go in and out of the house, for at least 24 hours before they were buried. One or two sniffs of the body, and they seem to "know".
I'm sorry for your upcoming loss.
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." author Will Rogers
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I'm so sorry .
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I always let mine sniff the ashes when I bring them home. It really seemed to settle Shanny down when she got to sniff that her momma Stevie was home again. Up until that time Shanny showed a lot of stress.
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I very much regret not letting Yeller see Jordan after she had gone. Very much, and I won't make that mistake again. IMHO, I would do as your question asks and let her see her little friend after she's passed.
Yeller just didn't know WTH Jordan went. For a long time.
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