Another pack member

Today, I had a consult with a new client who also suddenly suffered the loss of her younger dog just a few days ago.  Since I’ve been through my own loss of Daisy in July and I am now co-sponsoring a pet loss support group in my area, I think I was able to provide her with the understanding she needed at this painful time.

We also discussed when it is ‘right’ to bring another dog into the household.  There is no single ‘right’ answer to this question.

For me, I was not doing well in a dog-less household.  I missed the companionship and unconditional love that Daisy gave me willingly for over 10 years.  But, I knew that replacing Daisy was never going to happen – she was unique.   And I don’t believe we ever replace a dog that has passed; we only open our hearts to a new relationship.

I had to find a dog that needed me as much as I needed them.

This is my way of announcing the adoption of Izzy, a greyhound, from the Greyhounds as Pets adoption scheme.

Izzy, with a selection of her toys

Izzy, with a selection of her toys

Initially withdrawn and a bit overwhelmed at being in a pet home after over 5 1/2 years in a kennel environment, Izzy is now experiencing her second puppyhood.  I have had a few household items destroyed (including a tv remote) and I’m learning to schedule play time for us at least twice daily (in addition to our twice-daily walks).

I am finding great joy in giving a home to a dog who didn’t have one.  The time was right for a new pack member;  I think Daisy loved me enough that she would approve.

In the months and years to come, I’ll be sharing stories about Izzy and our adventures together…but I have no plans to change the banner on this blog.  Daisy was my heart dog and soul mate and it is a fitting tribute to keep her image on the advertising for DoggyMom.com.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

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3 responses to “Another pack member

  1. You are so right that no pet can ever be replaced; all we can do is extend our love to new ones that need us. We have experienced something similar with our Boxer that was ready to be taken to the SPCA … she is experiencing her puppy-hood again, even though she is now 2. It’s been both wonderful and exasperating watching Bella bloom into the beautiful, secure, playful, funny girl she has become. Looking forward to reading your journey with Izzy.

  2. Well done for adopting a greyhound. You won’t regret it…er…with perhaps the exception of the TV remote..

    Aaron Cross
    GPLNZ

    • Hi Aaron, I have always admired the Greyhounds and Izzy is a joy to watch as she becomes accustomed to life as a pet and shows me more of her personaltiy. II will be sharing our adventures on this blog and through my newsletter which you can sign up for on http://www.caninecatering.co.nz. I also have a Facebook page. Thanks for your interest!

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