Wally Dog is Wearing a Sad Face
Every year at this time, Wally Dog gets sad. He wears a frown. The kids are going back to school and he'll be alone much of the day. But this year is different. Ethel's oldest is leaving for college tomorrow.
It seems to Ethel that it was just yesterday when she finally was able to bring a baby home. Wally's predecessor, Molly, was blessed to be the first dog to get to see and claim her as her own person. Molly loved Kari and so does Wally. Molly followed Kari and the other girls wherever they went, even when she could hardly walk anymore. Wally would do the same (if there weren't leash laws!) Ethel is near to fits knowing her baby is leaving...even if the baby is much taller and smarter than Ethel.
So Wally is presenting some tips for Dog owners who know a big change is coming.
Wally Dog's Tips for a Grieving Heart
1. If possible, prepare for the loss in advance. Give extra love and attention to the one leaving as well as your pet.
2. Allow the pet (and/or person) time to feel sad. It isn't easy.
3. Try to follow routine to keep things as normal as possible.
4. Allow the pet time to adjust. Don't take away the personal effects immediately. Leave that bed right where it belongs.
5. Increase activity. Exercise and activity are good ways to feel better. (Ethel will make custom dog clothes to take her mind away...Wally Dog will hobble around looking for things to take from the cat. The cat will hide and look for ways to sneak attack Wally.)
6. Hold on to those still around and give them extra attention.