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Old April 20th, 2013, 02:59 PM
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Hello to all. Some of you might already know that we lost a family member recently, our dog Riley. He has a sister named BooBoo who is also 14 yrs old. My wife and I have mixed feelings about taking her on our 100 mile canoe trip in Mo in a week. We are taking the 110 and there is room but I fear this could be hard on her. The other thing is these two dogs have never been separated at all and she is having separation anxiety.
Leaving her is a whole other set of issues that all dog owners are aware of.
What would you do?
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Ps I am on my phone so I am unable to create a poll so a leave or take will do.
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Old April 20th, 2013, 03:55 PM
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Separation after loosing her brother can't be good on her if left behind
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Old April 20th, 2013, 04:46 PM
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Take her. Being without him is hard enough... being without all 3 of you would be worse for her. She needs her "pack".
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Take her. Being without him is hard enough... being without all 3 of you would be worse for her. She needs her "pack".

X2...might as well enjoy her pack...life's short!
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Old April 21st, 2013, 10:09 AM
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Thank you for your input guys. It does help.
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Old April 21st, 2013, 11:09 AM
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The Brit contingent also says 'Take', the big adventure will provide plenty of stimulus for your BooBoo.
We have three dogs, two lab collie cross's and a JR. They do everything together as part of our 'pack' and I have seen the dynamics change when one is absent for whatever reason.
Gotta keep the 'family pack' united.
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Old April 21st, 2013, 11:11 AM
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Take her. Being without him is hard enough... being without all 3 of you would be worse for her. She needs her "pack".
X3, she needs you now more then ever. Are you thinking yet about getting another dog?
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Old April 21st, 2013, 11:29 AM
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Ok I really do get the whole pack mentality. The thing is she had a hard time riding in the seat yesterday and that was only for a half hour or so. We really fear that it would be very tough on her. Last night a friend of ours said that he would stay at our house when we are gone. I have to confess that I would never forgive myself if something happened on either scenario. I almost think we shouldn't go.
We have thought about getting another dog and have done a lot of research on the Border Terrier. We have found a working dog breeder and have been in contact with him. We are considering making a detour and taking a look at his facility in Wartrace Tn. We can't afford one at this moment and he has about 4-8 month wait for one of his puppies.
Please any insight helps.
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Old April 21st, 2013, 01:44 PM
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Sounds like leaving her behind is going to be hard on her. It's a tough decision but maybe you can modify your vacation so your whole family can get away together.

Hope this helps.

Sincerely,

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If she's in good health, I'd take her! If it's just the two of you going, lay your back seat down and put a bed there for her to lay down on - that's what we do for our yellow lab in our 110. Then you can load all of your gear in the back. Good luck with your trip and taking care of your dog during this difficult time - for all of you...
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Hi. First off... really sorry for your loss. Our lab mix just turned 9 this year and it's really hard seeing them get older... from maniac hyper-active to slower senior citizen.

Just remember, much of the dog's "grief" is human imposed. Dogs are incredibly resilient. We had a dog at work get his eye poked out by another dog by accident... the entire office was up in tears for weeks. The dog was back to playing 2 days later... eye patch and all.

One of the best things you can do is try to keep to being "normal." Your dog will feel your grief and that in turn could be worse. Be happy with her. Keep to her schedule. And of course take her! The back of my 90 is basically a dog apartment... not sure if you can figure out something comfortable for her ride. My dog hates riding in backseats now after having the entire back of the 90.
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2nd everything aaron said. Take her!!

Even if she "seems" upset about being in the car, I can assure you she's happier being with you and getting the adventure.
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Abe, only you know what's best for your girl. After taking everything in to consideration I'm sure you will make the right decision. She wants to be with you, but if its too much for her leave her with a friend.
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Old April 21st, 2013, 06:56 PM
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I've had times with one dog then two, then lost one, then gained one lost a second gained another dog.
While dogs do grieve, they get through it very quickly and adapt to their new place in your pack.
So I say take her. The pack needs to travel together!
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We would like to thank all of you for you help. Thanks and regards.
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Ok I really do get the whole pack mentality. The thing is she had a hard time riding in the seat yesterday and that was only for a half hour or so. We really fear that it would be very tough on her. Last night a friend of ours said that he would stay at our house when we are gone. I have to confess that I would never forgive myself if something happened on either scenario. I almost think we shouldn't go.
We have thought about getting another dog and have done a lot of research on the Border Terrier. We have found a working dog breeder and have been in contact with him. We are considering making a detour and taking a look at his facility in Wartrace Tn. We can't afford one at this moment and he has about 4-8 month wait for one of his puppies.
Please any insight helps.
I would lean on not going at all and stay with your friend and do something easy that the dog would enjoy.
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