How soon after losing your dog do you get another? We were all set for waiting a few months, after all we still have Poppy dog and she needed some time to adjust to life without Harvey. We’d discussed it, agreed that it would be a good idea, but having only the one dog left a HUGE dog sized hole in our life.
We knew that we would be letting Harvey go for sometime, so we had of course talked about other dogs and what we thought we might like in a dog. We’d already decided that getting another staffie would not be a good idea. You cannot replace the dog that you have lost and Harvey was one of a kind. Having another staffie, we think would have been hard – we would have compared them to our old boy.
Part of us really wanted to rescue a dog. But having a 4 year old child as well, it just didn’t sit right with us. Particularly with our 4 year old who is way too over confident around dogs and is currently being trained by me to behave appropriately and correctly! So a puppy it would have to be.
So did we wait for a few months..hell no! My husband 4 days after losing Harvey came home with this little thing!
This is Chip. An English Springer Spaniel, 4 months old when we got him from a Kennel Club registered breeder. Oh and it has been fun/painful/challenging/lovely!!
I am sure getting a puppy so soon after losing your dog is not the right thing for everyone, but it was for us. Chip has been with us for about a month now. He is a pleasure and for those first few weeks of having him, was a welcome distraction from the sadness of losing our old man. He hasn’t replaced Harvey; not a day goes by where I don’t feel a pang of sadness and loss, but a puppy brings joy and laughter things so badly needed when you can feel grief engulfing you.
He is our antidote and our next chapter AND thankfully he and Poppy dog are getting on very well. We were uncertain about how she would react to being an only dog and then a ‘mother’ to a new pup, but she has been amazing and it gives us great pleasure watching them interact and play – something she didn’t have with Harvey in the last couple of years as he was too old and disinterested.
So here we are. A two dog family again… with new and hopefully happier tales to tell.
[I didn’t know until we got his papers from the breeder – that Chip was born on 09.06.2014 – which was also my Harvey’s birthday! A coincidence or fate? I like to think we were meant to be.]