Change in the dogs “pecking order”

Since we lost our precious Sara Lee 4 months ago I have noticed some changes in the dogs. For those of you who are new to us and don’t know our story see our blog about losing pets and grief. It will fill you in on the whole story. Hemi, our sons GSD, turned a year old last month. She grieved for a few months before she got back into her normal groove. The veterinarian gave us a blanket to cover Sara Lee during her trauma and her scent still lingers. Hemi will sniff it every time she gets in my trailblazer. No one has the heart to throw it away. She still stops and looks at Sara Lee’s grave from time to time. Whoever said dogs don’t have feelings and good sense was a little crazy in my opinion. Dakota and Gracie our beagle and black lab seemed lost for a while as well. Then suddenly I noticed Hemi and Gracie have become better “friends”. Gracie has become a little more active. It’s as if she realizes Hemi needs her. Hemi has taken on a role of looking out for Dakota, even though Dakota is the oldest. They seem to have found a way to handle their grief and move on. As far as us people, Hemi is right by her PaPaw’s side night and day just like Sara Lee always was. I think it helps ease his pain just a little.

A collage of memories.
A collage of memories.
Dakota
Dakota
Hemi
Hemi
Gracie
Gracie
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