Three weeks ago, Winnie Green's husband passed away suddenly in his sleep at the age of 52. Winnie told DogHeirs that their beloved dogs, Percy and Patty, are having an extremely difficult time with their loss.
Percy and Patty were devoted to their dad and since the day he passed, they have been keeping vigil for him at the front door, waiting for him to come home.
"They were closest to him. Percy played with my husband every night be for dinner. It was 'ruff' play. Not like I would play," Winnie shared with DogHeirs. "Patty slept with my husband by his back; Percy slept at the foot of my husband's bed. Both are a 'man's dog'. He was 'play' and I was 'cuddles'."
The dogs are behaving more and more distressed and Winnie is concerned for her fur babies well being and is hoping to receive some advice from the DogHeirs community.
"I was wondering if you know what I can do to help my two dogs, my husband passed away and they are a mess. I have heard of dogs mourning but I had never seen it until now," she said. "They wait for him at the door and when it does not happen, one just lays there with her tail between her legs and ears down. This past weekend they have started to poop in front of the door. It's hard to get mad at them. I just don't know what might work for them."
Winnie's plea for help broke our hearts and we are sharing Winnie, Percy and Patty's story with you with the hope that you will share your experiences and thoughts on how to help dogs overcome their grief when they lose their human.
Have your dogs ever been heartbroken over the loss of a friend? What did you do to help them? Do you have any advice to share with Winnie about how best to help Percy and Patty?
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