Ever since Ernie passed away in December Hazel has been a bit more mopey around the house than usual, hanging out by herself on the couch or in her crate in our room. Understandable since she and Ernie had been together since she was 13 weeks old, but he was so quiet and unassuming that I never got the impression that she relied on him that much. Now I realize that the three of them were always a unit and without him the balance has been thrown off completely. Has anyone else experienced that with multiple dogs? So, we've just started the discussion of possibly adding another dog into the family again.
It's a difficult decision, and a very serious one at that considering what we've been through the past five years with Foyle's kidney disease and then Ernie's heart murmur. I have to admit it's been nice to finally have a break from vet offices for a while. (knock on wood!) Then there's the decision of a dachshund, or a newfoundland.....a puppy, or a senior.....do we adopt or do we go back to our favorite breeders? How will the dynamics change between three dogs? So many things to take into consideration!
But for now I'll focus on Hazel and try to cheer her up a bit. More walks, more rides, more trips to the beach and her favorite- ice cream! Ice cream makes everything better.
*Update- I took Hazel in for an annual checkup this week and mentioned that she's been lethargic, which led to a blood test, and there's a chance she may have Cushing's Disease. So if you see a change in behavior with your pet please take your dog in to be seen by a vet. It could be an indicator of something more serious. Keep your fingers crossed!