Separation Anxiety - Whose is Worse???
We all know Jeremy has gone off for a couple of weeks for his job, leaving Brett at home with Lucy, Charlie, Hines and Pearl, and I KNOW a basket of nervousness. B, how you hanging in there? Are you a crazy person? How is Jeremy dealing with missing your babies?
We all have to leave our pets at times. Adrienne, Daisy and Skeeter when they came here last week. Me when I go to PA to visit the family. And it's HARD. As Adrienne said, when you sleep in a bed ALONE without your babies (for those of us who do), it feels as though your arm or leg is cut off--something is MISSING. There's no better reunion that a reunion with your dogs and cats.
Some dogs have BAD separation anxiety, where they go ballistic tearing up everything the second they are left alone. That's a unique problem, and one that can be helped with medication, if your vet recommends it.
I've noticed my dogs act no different in greeting when I'm gone 1 hour or 1 week. Do they have a sense of time at all?
But we've also heard the stories of loyal and faithful dogs when their person dies. How they never really get over it. My Mom always tells the story of her family's first little dogs, Patsy, a Boston terrier mix. There were three kids in her family, but the Patsy was especially close to her brother, Lee. As he grew up and started driving, Patsy would go everywhere with him. When he graduated from high school, he went into the Army, and Patsy was devastated. Mom said she wouldn't eat and moped around. A few weeks after he left, they found her dead. She said the vet told them little Patsy died of a broken heart.
There was also a story I heard on TV that took place back in the early 1900s. A policeman in Boston, I believe, had a little dog, and when the man died, that dog, then cared for by someone else, walked to his grave every day and laid there. I also heard that same story from a preacher at a church I used to go to. His brother's dog, Trixie did the same thing every day until she, too died. Another story: A dog that walked his master to the train station every day, then went back at the time he returned to walk home with him, kept up the routine for years after the man died.
Doesn't that show of love and loyalty just make you want to cry? Why some people can't see how important it is to make your pet a partner and that they love they give is one of the greatest loves of all. I'm sure you have heard of other such stories. If so, please share!
I know I have worse separation anxiety than my dogs. When I'm gone, I deal with it by calling The Boss and asking him, "How are the babies?" and he says, "THEY ARE FINE, aren't you going to ask about me????"
Well, he knows where I am (most of the time, ha!), but they don't. How do you deal with separation? How do your pets?
posted by Sandy at 11/15/2007 09:24:00 AM