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March 8th, 2011, 06:09 PM
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Hi, I have posted here in the past, though not for awhile, I love seeing pictures of everyone's pets though. My 12-year-old greyhound baby passed from liver failure last week. I really hate the feeling of being at home without a dog, not being able to walk her, having my daughter not have a pet, etc. I know that I am still grieving for her though, and am not sure that I would be able to accept a new dog being any different from her just yet. How long have you waited in between?
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March 8th, 2011, 08:37 PM
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This is different for everyone and truthfully, it doesn't matter what anyone else has done, what matters is when YOU are ready. Some adopt the next day, some wait years. Everyone grieves differently and everyone is ready to accept a new placement at different times.

For us, we lost our dog but it was a long time coming, was not sudden, and we adopted our next Boxer about a month later. Now on our old Boxer we just lost due to medical issues and old age, we knew that she probably only had 1-2 years left and our younger Boxer needed a playmate so we adopted our GSD last year. It really helped our younger Boxer when we lost our senior and since we only want 2 dogs we will not be adopting another at all as we have our two.

Listen to your gut, your family, you all will make the decision when it is the right time for you. IMO there is no such thing as too soon or too late.

Good luck and I'm sorry for your loss (as you can see we lost our cat to liver failure as well so I totally understand).
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March 8th, 2011, 09:44 PM
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This is different for everyone and truthfully, it doesn't matter what anyone else has done, what matters is when YOU are ready. Some adopt the next day, some wait years. Everyone grieves differently and everyone is ready to accept a new placement at different times.
I agree completely with this!

My sincerest condolences on the loss of your furbaby.
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April 11th, 2011, 06:33 PM
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We lost our dog tragically (hit by a car) 4 months ago and we have yet to find another dog that "feels right". We have looked, but I think it might be too early...
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April 13th, 2011, 08:03 AM
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I got a dog named Kobe, he's a rott. I got his name when the Lakers won the championship. LOL

Anyway, he's my first pet and really love him. My only regret was I wasn't able to train him because of time constraints. He's almost a year already. but atleast he doesn't bite. =)
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April 16th, 2011, 12:33 PM
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I think everyone is differant. When you are ready you will just know because you will feel excited about getting a new dog. If your not feeling excited about it than your probably not ready. For me I always feel ready about 1-2 months after loosing a pet. Even though I am still grieving the lost pet my life feels like there is something missing without a certain # of pets so filling that void helps me feel better.
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