07-06-2016, 12:10 PM
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I had to put one of my dogs to sleep in February due to his chemo for his cancer no longer working, and my big mutt got depressed afterwards. It was pretty bad, she would NOT get out of bed until 3pm, I would pull on her trying to get her up, but 80lbs of dead weight is suuuper heavy so I just let her sleep. Once she got up we would do special things she didn't usually get to do when Zeus was around (because he was the one who got to do everything with me)
We would go for special extra walks, rides in the car, extra play dates with her friends, and I had a friend who went out of town for 2 months and I watched their Goldendoodle for them. Eventually she got out of her depression and is fine now.
If you're not ready now to get another dog then just make your current dogs life extra special until you are ready, but if you think you are ready then go for it and get another dog (or maybe foster if you are still not sure). I know when I watched Tucker (the goldendoodle) for my friend it really brought Lucy (my mutt) back to puppy-hood and they played for hours and it helped her a bunch. I am not ready, so I have not gotten another and my dog is fine, just do what feels right to you.
I am sorry for the loss of your dog, and I hope your pup starts to feel better!