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Do Dogs Grieve?
Nellie and Lenny

When Andrew Sullivan’s Beagle, Dusty, passed away a couple of weeks ago he wrote a very moving piece about her at that time. Now he is writing about how his other Beagle, Eddy, has responded to this loss. Again, in a very touching, observant manner.

“Her demeanor shifted to sadness and quiet. She didn’t just leave her food around to eat at leisure; she stopped eating in the morning altogether. It was almost as tough as getting her to eat in the evening as well. On walks, she trailed behind, moving slowly, tugging at the end of a long leash, as if not really wanting to go anywhere. It happened after about a week – perhaps because that was when it became unmistakable that Dusty wasn’t just away for a bit – but was, in fact, never coming back.”

I certainly believe that dogs can grieve, as well as possessing the full range of emotional expression as we have—it just might be more difficult for us to translate theirs. As another post on Sullivan's The  Dish site noted:

"The 17th century English philosopher Anne Conway argued that the differences between humans and other creatures were “finite” differences—differences of degree and intensity. There is no infinite difference between creatures that makes another’s form of life wholly and eternally incomprehensible. Whoever can’t see that something sort of like “justice” functions in the animal world, Conway argued, “must be called completely blind.”

A few years ago when Bark’s “founding” dog, Nellie (a Beagle/Border Collie mix) died, Lenny, our 14-year-old Terrier, went into a tailspin. I feared that he too would soon leave us, dying of a broken heart. Like Sullivan’s dog, he stopped eating and simply wouldn’t respond to my attempts at consoling. It didn’t take me long to realize that Lenny missed having a pack mate and there was little that a human substitute could do. So we quickly decided to get him, and us, another dog. That is when our rescue Pointer, Lola came into our lives, and turned out to be the magic pill for Len—not only did he perk up almost immediately, but he seemed to drop years in a blink. It wasn’t that he liked Lola all that much, but she added a necessary foil for him to maneuver around. He had a new motivation to live and since Lola was more concerned with “environmental matters,” as is the wont of sporting dogs, he got to trail after her in those pursuits. He went on to live another 4 years, and passed away in my arms at 18.

I’m sure that you too have experienced this, not just a dog grieving for the loss of another dog (or other family member), but how a new dog can provide just the right antidote to the “other” dog.  Let me know your thoughts.

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Claudia Kawczynska is The Bark's co-founder and editor in chief. thebark.com
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Submitted by CYNTHIA MERRIAM | August 25 2013 |

I very much believe that dogs grieve. Here is info I put together about dogs and the origin of the timeless phrase, "Man's best friend." I prefer to call it "(Wo)Man's Best Friend" A very wise man, back in 1870 Missouri (where I grew up) said:

"...If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace, and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death."

MAN’S BEST FRIEND
The 1870 Dog Shooting Case of Burden v Hornsby in Warrensburg, Missouri is the origin of the timeless phrase “A MAN'S BEST FRIEND IS HIS DOG.” Senator George Graham Vest won the Missouri Supreme Court battle for his client, Charles Burden with his speech titled “Eulogy to the Dog.” Senator Vest’s words about man’s friend were true in 1870 and hold true to this day, over One Hundred Forty years later.

August 2011 Best Friend of Navy Seal Lays Next to His Coffin
This August 2011, heart-wrenching photo of Petty Officer Jon T. Tumilson’s best friend, Hawkeye, laying next to his casket, bears witness to these 1870 words of Missouri Senator Vest: “And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace, and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death."

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2011/08/23/heart-wrenching-image-dog-kee...

http://abcnews.go.com/International/helicopter-shot-25-navy-seals-dead-c...

In the case of Burden v Hornsby, Mr. Burden’s favorite hound, Old Drum, was shot by neighbor and brother-in-law, Leonidas Hornsby. This case was touted as “one of the strangest in the history of this area of the country.” The Missouri Supreme Court victory followed numerous trials at the magistrate and district court levels. The $50 damages award to Burden for the loss of Old Drum was upheld. Senator Vest was a named partner in the Sedalia, Missouri firm of Phillips & Vest and his war service was in Richmond. Phillips & Vest was formed post-Civil War between John Finis Philips and Thomas Theodore Crittenden (Union officers) and Francis Marion Cockrell and George Graham Vest (Confederates). All four of these men became major political figures in the Democratic Party and became known as Missouri’s “Big Four.” Senator Vest wrote Missouri's Articles of Secession while in the state legislature in 1861 and he represented Missouri in the Confederate House of Representatives and Senate. He later served in the U.S. Senate for 4 terms and is credited with saving Yellowstone National Park. George Vest “was known as one of the finest extemporaneous speakers in an age when the spoken word was the most important means of communication for most people. He lost his 1876 bid for the Governor’s Office in Missouri because of his Confederate record. Only the first portion of George Vest’s Eulogy to the Dog was preserved.

On September 23, 1958, the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce placed a statue of “Old Drum” in front of the Johnson County, Missouri Courthouse where the case was heard.

In 1947, Blue Springs, Missouri resident, Fred Ford, placed a monument to Old Drum where was found.

SENATOR VEST’S EULOGY TO THE DOG:
"Gentlemen of the jury, the best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter whom he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us -- those whom we trust with our happiness and good name -- may become traitors in their faith. The money that a man has he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man's reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolute, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world -- the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous -- is his dog.

"Gentlemen of the jury, a man's dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow, and the snow drives fiercely, if only he can be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

"If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace, and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death."

Do dogs grieve? http://thebark.com/content/do-dogs-grieve

http://999ktdy.com/dogs-saying-i-love-you/

http://www.animalemergencycare.com/dog_tributes.html

http://servicedogcentral.org/content/ESA

http://doreid.tripod.com/DotsCorner/DOTSCORNERPAGE3.htm

http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/education/olddrum/missourisbigfour.asp

Missouri has 2 famous dogs, Old Drum and “Jim the Wonder Dog.”

Jim the Wonder Dog “Jim earned his reputation during the hectic Depression days of the 1930s; the demonstrations he gave hinted of a power beyond the comprehension of mortal man. So unique were this dog’s talents that he became known throughout the land as Jim, the Wonder Dog” “Jim could understand and would carry out orders given to him in Greek, German, Spanish or any other tongue, even though his master could not speak a foreign language and did not understand the question.”
http://www.marshallnews.com/story/1951145.html

http://www.ruralmissouri.org/2010Pages/10MarchJimWonderDog.html

Cindy (6-5-13 Buffalo, NY)
http://www.examiner.com/article/police-execute-drug-raid-at-wrong-house-...

Mongo (5-5-2013 Dacona, Colorado)

http://kdvr.com/2013/05/06/police-shoot-service-dog-neighbors-say-they-d...

Help is needed to pay Mongo’s vet bills: If anyone wants to contribute to Mongo's $4k-plus vet bill you can call Aspen Meadow Veterinary in Longmont-303-678-8844. Any amount will help. Just say you want to contribute to James Vester's bill for his dog Mongo- shot by Dacono police.” Additionally, here is the rest of Aspen Meadow’s contact info, ie mailing address and link to their Facebook page.

1. Link to website: http://aspenmeadowvet.com/
2. Mailing address: 104 South Main Street
Longmont, Colorado 80501
3. Internet email address: info@aspenmeadowvet.com
4. Link to Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AspenMeadowVets

Why they’re our BEST FRIENDS:

Dogs saying “I Love You” http://999ktdy.com/dogs-saying-i-love-you/

Dogs Eating Peanut Butter http://999ktdy.com/dogs-eating-peanut-butter/

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