Wednesday, May 20

a disheartened doggie

You know, as if it isn't enough to have a houseful of kids to figure out, then there's the pets.

It's been so nice having the weather change, the road limits lifted, and a husband back to work after a long winter. My husband loves his work and our dog Shadow is always eager to jump into the truck and go with him.

But that seems to be the extent of the dog's excitement. He's not his usual annoying self on the job sites. No barking at the backhoe. No biting at the rakes. No digging in the trenches. All he does is nose around a bit and then lies down. And if it's cool outside Shadow wants to go back inside the truck.

I thought perhaps once the boys were back working with Dad he'd cheer up, but nope!

By all signs, we're wondering if he's depressed? For you see he's primarily been the dog of one of older sons. The pooch loved hanging out with him on jobsites or riding in the truck with him. However, that son is currently hundreds of miles away at basic training and we think Shadow is missing him. Big time.

What to do? Anyone deal with a disheartened dog before?

All tips appreciated!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

7 comments:

ChiGirl said...

AWwww!! Poor Shaddy! He must miss his boy. The fact that he's not his usual annoying self...that says a lot. Maybe he'll perk up this weekend.

ValleyGirl said...

Awww, that's so sad. When our Rottweiler gave birth to a litter of stillborn pups, she was very depressed for about a week afterwards, too. I think it was almost a month before she really seemed back to her old self. I suspect your Shadow will be the same. It will just take time.

Luke said...

I don't have any tips, but I do know pets can become despondent when the people they love aren't around.

~Luke

Letitia said...

I don't have any tips, but I'm sure that's the problem. Poor guy. We had two outdoor dogs. When one of them died, the other became very depressed. It just took some time, and he eventually came back out of it. Have you asked your vet? Or, maybe do a google search.

theArthurClan said...

I have no helpful suggestions so I'll just say "poor doggie." That's so sad...

Amy said...

How sweet. :-)

mom said...

Yesterday afternoon when it was "so so so hot" - direct quote from my children since our temperature randomly hit the 80's - they pleaded to go swimming in our lake which was of course freezing cold because the ice just went off it a month ago. I was happy to see that Shadow was his usual VERY crazy self at the lake. I think he just has to get over the working without his boy blues....

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