Thank you for sharing about Levi! What a sweet angel. Beagles are such unique dogs, and so darn smart.
Lulu had stopped eating after Lux died, and she would sleep in my bed every single night and cry and whimper. I still have his collar and I sometimes take it out to let her sniff it. I don’t know if his scent is still on it, as it’s been nearly 5 months, but she’ll lay her head on it. The night before Lux passed, he was apparently coughing and Lulu stayed by his side almost protecting him. I know animals can sense when another creature is sick or dying, so when we came back from the hospital without him, I think she knew. She only looked for him once, but after that she just sat by herself and would sigh in front of his bowl. And that’s when I knew I had to bring a new kiddo into the house because she wasn’t adjusting. She and Lux were littermates and she had someone always with her. So I found a 9 month old golden doodle that a family surrendered because they “had no time for him”. He’s very much like my first dog Gandalf, almost exact in looks and personalities.
She’s not crazy about her new sibling (his name is Dio) because he doesn’t let her rule the house like how she did with Lux. (They’re warming up slowly.) She would go up to Lux and take toys out of his mouth, or butt in whenever we pet Lux, and now Dio does the exact same thing to her! So I think Dio is giving her a little taste of her own medicine. He adores her to bits and pieces and watches her and follows her around, so it’s very sweet to see.
I was actually planning on getting Lulu to be a certified therapy dog so she could go to the Oncology wards at the clinic I worked at. She is very intuitive. But Lux passed right before classes were about to begin. Whenever I’d cry, she’d try and lick the tears from my face and get very close to me.
I’d love to take this quiz for Lulu though!
Thank you so much again for sharing.
What beautiful dogs! Thank you for sharing.
Many dogs are incredibly empathetic and pick up on our emotions. My current beagle, Levi, is off the charts on the empathy scale. I took an online course on dog behavior and tested him using a series of exercises.
When I lost Quinn, Levi seemed disoriented for a few days. I can’t say he was depressed, though. He very quickly got used to being the “only child.” In fact, he prefers to be and revels in the attention.
That was not the case with my other beagles. They definitely grieved. When I felt comfortable adding another companion to the family, all of them adjusted well. I’m pretty sure Lulu is confused and misses her brother. It will take some time for her to adjust. Just love her up and show her some additional attention. Maybe try some new things to engage her. She is still a youngster and likely will be just fine.