Do Dogs Mourn?
Do Dogs Mourn?
I believe they know when something just isn’t right or as it should be. Our chocolate lab we had to do a 72 hour vet check because a nosey older lady would not leave our family alone. Which is another reason I’m done with city living I’m packing it up and moving to a wide open field of nothing but open visions.
There is so much land the ideas what I can do is endless but no neighbors in many ways its solitude in others in an emergency your nearest neighbor is over 5 miles away there are no stores, no pay phones nothing but a field of dreams waiting to unfold.
In March one of my neighbors not really a direct neighbor because we don’t even live on the same street its just her back yard so happens to be adjacent to mine. As I started telling you in brief in a different blog, we had been here in the city for six years and our dogs were still puppies but the last two of the pups a lady had. I told my kids to get small dogs you keep in the house but yaya and her siblings pouted like two year olds but we want them both.
They weren’t in the house two weeks and outdoors I kicked them both to the curb with their over grown ox selves. Well in the back yard oh they were freeeeeeee to roam like pure hunting dogs one was a golden retriever (Shadow) and the other a chocolate lab (Meeko) brothers do or die fool, partners homies, best buds for life thing. Monkey see monkey do some of the time. Well one day Shadow got out the back yard by climbing the very back gate of a different neighbor but he always came back unhurt.
After much scolding it didn’t seem to faze him so yaya had it she tied her dog up, While the only reason my son tied Meeko up was to eat when he was sure his sister’s dog was done he’d untie his. Oh Shadow didn’t care if he was tied up in fact as long as he had a warm body to cuddle with and his teddy bears and brother he was cool. Then in March 2014 this nosey lady started calling the city animal people on us complaining that the dogs are tied up mine you we erected that $800 sixty-foot wood privacy fence how would she possible know which dog was tied up? She already knew Shadow been tied up for years but he wasn’t the one protesting Meeko was.
Have you ever heard of a dog who is suppose to be a guard dog afraid of the dark? Well the patio light blew out or something is going on with the wiring it comes on when it feel like it and Meeko is not a dog who like thunderstorms, fire crackers or lights out he has to see what is lurking about. Well he started discovering he can climb a fence. We boarded it and he still went over the chairs, then he learned how to be a gymnastic dog yep he tweaked the fence between me and a neighbor on the drive way side he scaled that fence he jumped down got low walked over to my son and said is that the best you can do. We were at our wits end and here comes animal control you guessed it she complained now their both tied up. My question is if she was sooooooooo concerned about their safety why didn’t she bother to call the law out way before this year?
Because of her insistent busy body calling we were told to turn both the dogs loose so in June Shadow got out the yard when we went to feed them supper he was long gone well into the dawning of the next morning except he came back hurt. I told the Lord if somebody took him he don’t belong to them he’s ours let him go.
If this lady took him deal with her mightily in Jesus’ name. If he’s laying somewhere hurt have the angels carry him back home. Just don’t let him dies out there somewhere all alone we’re his family and Meeko is looking for his brother frantically even climbing a chain link gate tore his tee-shirt up he just wanted to know where is Shadow? So Shadow came back early the morning of the 8th of June he seemed okay at the first he had so much fur who could really tell but wherever he was he was muddy so yaya gave him a bath. We didn’t know he was hurt he limped a tiny bit but oh he was walking like a champ see I’m okay. Meeko was okay but by night fall he knew everything was not in the least bit alright. Shadow was not playing with him it was no longer boys will be boys ride or die fools; Shadow was slipping away and the morning of the 9th of June he died in the night and Meeko stood watch from afar off. We buried him and from that day since he’s never been the same.
We took him to two different vets, the one said oh he just need to go to obedience school he’ll be okay, another said oh he’s suffering from anxiety he just need some pills he’ll be just fine so we tried that for a while it’s the same as like putting a child on Ritalin he turned into a sleeping zombie just so he wouldn’t bark. The city said we had to bring him in the house or fined for tying him back up. We tried to explain look Sirs we already have one missing dog and he’s a big dog over 70 lbs and in case you haven’t noticed we do live across the street from a elementary school all we’re doing is trying to prevent something bad. In the house or we’re going to fine you. So we brought this huge dog in the house in under a month its like solitary confinement he wanted to find his brother. He took out half my son’s room with his front paws alone. He flattened a whole dresser, he destroyed boxes and anything else even the windows blinds we called them to come get him. They said we can’t.
Then call a different vet oh he’s in mourning for a loss companion. Another vet said oh you need to put a shock collar on him that’ll straighten him out so my last ditch effort and I really couldn’t afford it I went to Walmart and bought a Large size Dog Kennel to put his destructive behind in it because the animal control lady really wasn’t making no sense if I can’t tie him up OUTSIDE why is it OKAY for us to tie him up INSIDE? Then she mentioned something about a kennel. You can put him inside of a kennel. I can’t afford a $300 outdoor kennel so I said Lord there has got to be another way cheaper. Then my oldest girl said Walmart sales indoor kennels. And after a long beat up day you don’t know the half of it. I walked to 7-11 ALONE in severe pain slowly pushing my walker to use the ATM, and slowly back so the cat could eat and some transmission fluid so I could go get my car inspected (IT PASSED Weeeeeeeeeeeeee) Then it ran out of gas on my oldest girl, then it needed a jump she called me 3x’s.So I called a friend of my husband who is a ex-army buddy who works on car’s to please go help her I can’t move.
He came got me, in case we needed a battery at last he jumped it and off we went to the post office and Walmart. I got that cage hours after I became a full member because yaya said I got the money let’s do this so we are officially full time on WA. And Meeko is in his new kennel and just maybe my son can start cleaning up his bedroom or I should say what’s left of it and we know we don’t have to tie him up cause he is not ever going to be able to destroy that metal phew finally a product tougher than he is and built for war. And now today my husband’s friend is coming to give me a hand with my right blinker on the van so I can drive it to go get inspected.
So yeah dogs do and can mourn if their owners die or another pet they grew accustomed to , played dearly with he’s off all medicine and seems content he protested to being tied up now he is free to roam in that big kennel he shuts up no need for something as inhuman as a shock collar to behave.