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    After losing our special cavalier, Butters, this past April, my husband and I have started thinking about bringing another cavalier into our family. Butters really was our heart dog, and it has been terribly painful without him. My husband especially has been taking his death very difficultly, as they did everything together and had an incredibly close bond. We have talked about adopting another male cavalier, tentatively in August this year. I worry so much, however, that our next dog will always be in the shadow of what Butters was to us... Butters set the bar pretty high. He had the most incredible mellow temperament, enjoyed cuddling on the couch for hours, never once showed any aggressive behavior, rarely barked, never chewed on furniture, had only a couple of accidents ever in the house, and loved everyone he met.

    For forum members who have lost heart dogs: What was your experiences bringing home your next cavalier? What can we do to not place unreasonable expectations on our next little dog, as he will be following in some pretty large footsteps?
    Mommy to Butters (06/18/2011-4/20/2013) and Sawyer (6/08/2013)
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    This is something I struggled with because Ella was and will always be my "heart" dog. After losing Ella, I was not really thinking about getting another or maybe a puppy after long research that I knew would take time and I wasn't "really" looking.

    I went to Atlanta and stayed with a friend that had an older rescue. I will not say it was love at first sight but he bonded to me (now I think it was my stuffed Rupert). Anyway, I feel that if one gets another to fill that void or pain in their heart is how some cope but I don't know if it ever could. It was not what I was seeking with Elton.

    No one or dog could ever replace Ella. I admit I did feel guilty. Was I not giving Elton enough love because I'm still can miss Ella. I felt I was cheating on him by sometimes missing her.

    I realized what drew me to him. He is so different than her and he makes me laugh. He has quite the personality. He has so much energy and can chase the ball for hours, which is something Ella couldn't do. Ella seemed much older because of her illness and Elton acts like a puppy at 6 1/2. I still cry sometimes for her but I also think of how Elton is special too in his own way.

    This is my personal experience and I know others who also lost their heart dog will share also.
    Anne Proud mother of Elton 5 and Angel Ella

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    We waited about 2 1/2 years to get another after we lost our Emma...I had always said, I would not get another female Blenheim, it would remind me too much of her and make my heart hurt. As fate sometimes has it, we rescued our 2 1/2 year old Blenheim boy, Gibbs, this past February. He is so different than she was, but so much the same. We have an 11 year old Tri that this youngster brought new life too. Really 2 are not any more work than 1 and they keep each other company when not at home.

    I think the saying is, they take a piece of your heart when they leave, but they also leave a place in your heart that needs to be filled. Best of luck and please keep us posted.
    Joanie
    Sam Tailor (11 year old Tri) and Gibbs (2 1/2 year old Blenheim)
    Emma Lou (Nov. 27, 2000 - June 10, 2010)

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    I was already looking for a show dog when my heart dog died, so I feel it was a little easier for me to purchase a cavalier again. But I remember going to a view a litter and wanting nothing to do with the puppies, instead I wanted to take home the momma dog. When I did finally get my puppy it was hard for me to bond with him as he was nothing like my first cavalier but now I can't imagine my life without my boy. He is very different than my first cavalier and I am glad in that I can love what is different instead of always comparing the two.

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    In 2008, I lost a dog who I loved dearly. He was a big stinky beagle from a rescue fail of mine when I was fostering beagles. Skylar was so sweet and gentle, he was a hunting dog and had never been inside a real house when he came to live with me. He was so shy it took me over a week just to get him to come sit on the back porch with me and longer to get him to willing come inside the house and not just stand by the door to go back out. Every "normal" indoor sound would sent him running to me for comfort, like the TV, the dishwasher and man he never got used to some of the kids noisy toys. Skylar was my shadow followed me everywhere never liked cuddles but always wanted to hear me talk to him. When he died I did have a moment where I felt robbed and maybe loving and losing was NOT worth it. To this day I miss hearing his heavy foot steps behind me. A year or so later I was ready for a new dog....owning just one dog is just not for me, it always felt like something in our family was missing. However, Mr. Monster was just turning 2 years old tho so I decided to wait until he was older. Mr. Monster has always been a VERY active child.

    When I got Fletcher I had zero reservations about whether or not I would love him just as much as I had Skylar. I felt it was a honor to my love for Skylar that propelled me to throw my whole heart into another dog. I believe the love I had for him is something he left for me......nobody can take that from me even another "heart dog". And why couldn't I have another "heart dog" either way I was 300% committed to giving Fletcher the best home possible. I think in a way I appreciate Fletcher more because I know he will one day not be with me even the bad things. I never say oh I'll walk him later or I don't feel like brushing his teeth tonight. Now when I hear the much lighter foot steps of Fletcher behind me I smile and wish I could hear 2 dogs following me. My hope is to have many many "heart dogs" each one different leaving me and my family a little something different.

    Only you can decide when a new dog or if a new dog is right for you. I can tell you that the lost of your Butters really hit home for me. This could have happened to ANY of us. All dogs like people are different however cavalier traits are wonderful (as you know).
    Melissa
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    Oliver was my heart dog. and i was very worried about 'replacing ' him when i set out to adopt another cavalier.
    I wanted a tri...those and black and tans are my favorite. but funny thing the breeder i loved...wasnt breeding tris..so i ended up deciding to go with a blenhiem. one of my favorite names was molly...but i knew it was too close to olly which is what we called oliver sometimes. so i opted against that.

    when i first announced i was considering getting another cavalier a few warned me that it might be too early..that i was to heart broken over loosing oliver. but i knew it was right for me.
    Maggie has filled the huge hole oliver left in my heart and life. she has not replaced him..no one ever could..but she helped heal me. Its funny shes so different from oliver and one of the biggest ways is..shes a cuddler in bed. Oliver...did not cuddle..it hink it got too hot for him? not really sure. but hed often end up at hte end of your bed...or even on the floor.

    maggie..if she can get away with it...is sleeping on top of my head. or snugged right into the my back and resting her head on my shoulder.
    very snuggly. shes cheeky spitfire rebellous little lady. and i love her. I dont know if you can have two heart dog...but she sure is one.
    Oliver and Max and Meeko man, i will meet you at the Rainbow bridge. I love you all. Miss you more then you'll ever know.
    wait for me...
    Chelsea

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