There are many theories when it comes to animals remembering their siblings. When we adopt them as babies from shelters, they are parted from their brothers and sisters. Not much devastation is shown by them at that point as they are too young to consider relations.
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In many cases, when two siblings make contact they don’t recognize each other. However, they do find their smells very familiar and disarm their defense system. But, what if they’ve grown together?
The answer is very obvious. The prolonged period of togetherness makes dogs and cats know who they belong with. This notion can make a split between them very painful.
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Remedy for the animal who grieved
Two dogs, Spencer and rocky lived together like pals for 10 long years. They were owned by their caring master, Beth Fischer. She shared with the Dodo that:
They had never spent a night apart. Rocky and Spencer slept in the same bed, ate from the same bowl and always walked together when they went out.
Missing this fluffball more and more everyday 💕 pic.twitter.com/O2PC2Ct1AX
— beth (@bethanyyy123) May 14, 2019
The golden-haired beauty was diagnosed with a cancerous growth. To end his suffering, Beth made the hard decision to put Rocky down. After losing his brother, Spencer was inconsolable as he started to cry and couldn’t stop looking from his bestie.
My dog died two weeks ago so my dad bought a pillow with Rocky’s face on it for Spencer so he can still cuddle his brother pic.twitter.com/ohz29cOplv
— beth (@bethanyyy123) May 20, 2019
Beth was disturbed with Spencer’s condition. She ordered a pillow with Rocky’s smiling face on it. This therapy worked wonders and now the dog can’t stop cuddling it. He has it with him during naps and it kind of fills the void for him.
Poor wee soul is so lost pic.twitter.com/gp3Nx7fqy4
— beth (@bethanyyy123) May 23, 2019
How to help a heartbroken dog
The TheSprucePets has made suggestions to help your pet cope with a loves one’s death. You should be ready to expect some personality as well as physical changes. To cure both symptoms, a lot of attention and exercise must be improvised for them.
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If all fail, get your dog to a shelter and let him socialize with others. Adoption of another dog is also an option if your pet and you are ready for a plus one.