dog depression????

We had a long weekend missing our boy, Otie, and Apollo has been in such a funk. He is listless and sleeps a lot, which is so not like him. He isn't really playing with his toys, and usually walks around with something in his mouth to chew on. I know he misses him terribly and he is breaking my heart. It has only been a week, and I am hoping he will come out of this. He is 6 yrs old and has never been alone (without Otie around). I would love to find an adult bulldog for a buddy for him but rescues NEVER get bulldogs around these parts, so I am hoping something will turn up for us. After all, Otie came to me out of the blue as a victim of a divorce between people I didn't even know. We need another angel like that.

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  Miss you sweet boy Otie (July 29, 2013)

 

 

Stephanie and David's picture

Yes, they get depressed.

Dogs do experience mourning. I know your dog is moping now, which means extra cuddling is in order, even if your dog doesn't seem to initiate it.

In some parts of the country, there are very few rescue bulldogs. Many places won't allow you to take their rescue dogs out of the area. Good luck in finding one.When I was a kid, we had a bulldog and when he was five, we brought him a puppy. The two of them became good friends. I think the big dog helped raise the puppy.

AmyandSophia's picture

Absolutely. I have seen lots of animals go into depression...

When they lose a mate. My big lead gelding was killed last month in a horrific accident. My lead mare, his mate for the past 5 years, was so depressed for she wouldn't eat. It took a few weeks for her to bounce back, and her deciding on who the next lead gelding was helped her out a lot.

I bet another bully in the house would help Apollo out. Where are you located? We can always set up a transport for a bully to come to you if you don't ever get one in your local rescues:-)

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AmyandSophia's picture

I wouldn't really hesitate to bring in another dog,

Especially as Apollo isn't liking being the only pet! But I wouldn't get something to just fill the gap, but really seek that one special bully that you know in your heart is it...you know what I mean?

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thanks Amy........food for thought!

I appreciate the advice and will see how Apollo does in the next couple of weeks.

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  Miss you sweet boy Otie (July 29, 2013)

 

 

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Kofi went through the same thing

after my son died. She quit eating, and acted very similar. I think she was reacting mostly to the saddness all of us were feeling. We are all doing better now, and Kofi got better too. Probably took her a few weeks though.

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Vicki, hit the button before saying

I'm wishing the best for your sweet little guy. Time is a great healer,and that's probably what it will take.

Hugs!

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Our Bulldog

cried for days after our Rotty died. My husband kept saying we need to get a new dog. I thought he was too old for a puppy, he was 8 then. He got old fast after she died. It took me a year, but we got a 10 month old bullmastiff. They puppy came back to him, he would run around and play and did not seem so depressed and slow moving. I wish I would have done it sooner..
We lost him last year and our bullmastiff got the same way - we got another bulldog pup 3 months later (then another one 6 months later)... a little zoo in my house now. But they all love each other, it's all good now...

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(((hugs)))extra smoochies the

(((hugs)))

extra smoochies the scrunchy face

HANK-DA-TANK and GEORGIA's picture

Absolutley...  Last month our

Absolutley...  Last month our Maltese was destroyed by coyotes.  She was our first dog and a year later we got an Olde Bulldog.  They formed a very close bond over 2.5 years and the maltese was actually the boss.  It was amazing to see how quickly the depression set in.  Georgia (our Olde) would lay in her favorite spot and would walk around with her leash in her mouth and would not eat the same.  Luckily we found another bulldog who is her new sister and it seems to be helping.  Hope you can do the same. 

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