Dogs mourn the loss of a loved one in much the same ways that people do. In fact, the timeline of when the grieving minimizes is very individualistic just like in humans. For one dog, Harry the Shih Tzu, he is taking longer to get over the loss of his dog friend, George than his human owner is. In fact, one year after his best friend’s passing Harry is still sad.
“We got Harry when George was 7 because it seemed like he needed a friend,” His owner Caitlin Wynne said. “They got on really well. Harry was always more playful and energetic than George, but they’d still play and would always sleep next to each other.”
Harry has always been the shy one. George helped him gain confidence. “Harry couldn’t stand being in a room without him and was very reliant on him,” Wynne said. “Harry was very timid when we got him and is still fairly timid now.”
When George Got Sick, Harry Seemed To Know That Something Was Very Wrong With His Friend
Harry and George always slept next to each other on a single bed until George got sick at age 15. “They used to share the bed, but when George became ill, Harry slept next to the bed to give him space,” Wynne said. “I slept on the sofa the night before we had George put to sleep to keep him company and Harry was pacing around the room crying. [He] wouldn’t sleep all night, as if he knew something was wrong.”
Harry was there when George was put to sleep at the vet clinic. Harry didn’t want to leave George’s side.
Nowadays Harry still sleeps in the little bed he shared with George and he always leaves a space for him. “He sleeps on the floor to the side of the bed now quite often,” Wynne said, “but I didn’t realize why until I was looking through photos of them both from a year ago.”
Even though Harry is comforted by his human family, he still mourns for his best friend. “Almost a year on and he clearly still misses George,” Wynne said.