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Is Getting a New Dog Soon After Losing One a Good Thing?

Updated on February 17, 2010

Is a new dog waiting for you at your local shelter?

Reasons Why at Times This may Work Out

Your pet has just passed on to better life and your home seems to be empty and too quiet. It almost feels impossible to believe that your beloved pet has left this world leaving a terrible void. A strong impression that in any moment you will see your four legged friend pass by you in look for attention, vividly occupies your mind. Yet, there is the empty bed and there is the leash and collar, just an awkward representation of a pet  whose life seemed to be cut too short... 

Many times the idea of filling up the void of a departed pet with a newly adopted one is something that people strongly advise against. The reasons may be several such as not being ready to move on yet, or expecting the new pet to be somewhat physically similar to, or at least behave in a similar way to the previous pet. Yet, what if getting a new pet could help you in the mourning process? What if this new pet will open your heart and allow you to love another creature of God once again?

At times, this may be work wonders, especially when grieving owners decide to visit their local shelter. Something very special may happen at this time. Seeing dogs in need of help and love may help get relief from a recent loss. Owners seem to open up and give in to those needs with an open mind and open heart.  Sometimes, it just happens in a split second: a dog just shows up with its tail wagging and a sudden connection is created. The heartstrings are tugged and if you are an ultimate real dog lover you will find yourself once again ready to treasure a new life.

The rehabilitation process therefore benefits both the grieving owner and the shelter dog. While the grieving owner will need to put aside the thoughts of sorrow caused by the loss, the newly adopted dog will have to leave behind its unhappy past. Both owner and dog therefore will have to concentrate new energy on each other and work on building something new and very powerful. 

Soon the fact that that empty bed is once again occupied and that collar and leash are once again looked for in anticipation, may all start to make sense again. Life with another dog was just meant to be and loving dogs often means loving them one after another. If a dog in your life is destiny, why not make it happen sooner than later?

Instead of spending days grieving about the departed dog, owners will find that they have to spend their time on making a new life possible. This is not belittling the departed dog, rather, it is in someway making the departed dog's life more valuable. In adopting a surrendered dog,  you are literally saving a dog's life. And what better way to celebrate your dog's life than saving another one? 


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      Judy 6 years ago

      I lost my little Princess...she was the highlight of my life! We were together for two years, we built each other into perfect partners! I have adopted a new dog, after one week of being alone. I pick the new baby up tomorrow, and I am just hoping I haven't made a big mistake. My little Pita was such a wonderful little girl. Part to me thinks that I am going to want the new one to be just like her, and that is not fair! So, I am pretty nervous! I have prayed for strength.....and I hope I have the patience and understand to be a great partner for my little adopted girl!!!

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      Doglover 6 years ago

      Don't go for it .... The cycle repeats , it takes some time to move on with ur life ( think of losing him again )

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      Annette Donaldson 7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thought provoking, can another dog replace a lost one. I don't think so but it can help the pain go away so long as you are prepared to accept that like humans dogs are all different.

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      Joe Cinova 8 years ago

      I think the fact that you are asking the question is telling you the answer at the same time. We lost a mother and daughter Min Pin within months. We got 2 more 3 months later. We couldn't bear to be without them. Good Luck with your decision....

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      Patti Ann 8 years ago from Florida

      It took us three years to recover before we got another dog after we lost ours. So glad we did get another though - we should have done it sooner. They bring you so much joy!

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      yenajeon 8 years ago from California

      This is interesting. I just lost my kitty and right now I feel like I never want another cat again. Great Hub =)