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Old 05-11-2014, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bethsheba has been with us for 16 months, now. And though she truly was MY ideal dog, my husband, a quintessential cat-lover, grew into a fine, GSD-loving man. I have countless photos of them together o prove it.

A week prior to my husband's passing, May 2, 2014, Beth began acting like she had a UTI, spritzing like the submissive she was when we first took her from kennel life (at 11 months). In addition to this, she was foregoing their regular playing in favor of leaning on us, or looking to lick our faces and ears - completely new behavior.

On May 3rd, I took her to the vet for a full checkup and Beth couldn't be healthier.

Since she returned home on May 6th, her spritzing is all but over, though she still hasn't reached the point where she'll play our usual games.

The vet suspects that Beth's behavior may have been based on a sense of my husband's ill-health that we were unaware of.

I don't doubt that she is mourning now (she has t whimpered at all today) - but am curious to know more about what she could have known.
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oh zivagirl. I'm so sorry for your loss.

I think animals have a 6th sense along with their sense of smell that has been proven over and over to detect issues we can not.

I'm sure she is mourning. Confused on where your husband might be. Give her time, love her, and heal together.
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Old 05-11-2014, 04:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They know something is amiss and with their ridiculously amazing sense of smell they can smell it. Really, their ability to discern scents is so powerful it's hard to wrap your brain around.

My dogs zero in on injuries from motocross, bruises and sprains, no blood involved. They are sensing the chemical changes in my tissue and are sensitive enough smellers to pinpoint my injuries.
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Most likely, I watched a program about a elderly lady with an older collie who would smell her breast and push his nose in and cry she had it checked and sure enough it was breast cancer.

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I'm so sorry for your loss I wouldn't be surprised at all that she is mourning and is trying to figure out what is going on.
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I wish you strength through this difficult time zivagirl.

I to believe that chemical imbalances in a human can be detected by most dogs. Some dogs react to it and some dogs don't and I think you have a pup that did react to some kind of signal that your late husband was giving off. Was your husband sick or was it unexpected?

I've seen that program that misslesleedavis1 talked about in her post...there are also dogs trained to detect seizures, diabetes, heart-attacks and other diseases/physical ailments. But I've never experienced this with my pups. Although, I will say, my mom is very sick and when she came to stay with us, Zeeva and Smokey were pretty gentle with her in terms of not jumping on her...

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MJ, I'm sure Beth has been a great comfort to you in the past week. I hope she continues to do so. And I think she sensed something was amiss as well.
You've been in my thoughts and prayers for strength while you are going through such a tragedy.
Hugs to you...
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So sorry for your loss! And yeah a very "real chance" the dog knew something was wrong!
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David had high BP, and was a diabetic. He'd been as well as he usually was though as I look at most recent pictures, I can see his color was off.

He had an M.I. At the job site. He was working 12 hour shifts (this was his fourth) and was naturally feeling tired. It was sudden.
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Thank you for your prayers.

In addition, though she is very friendly, Beth began going on high alert when someone came to our home. Growling and gnashing of teeth. She quit doing that, too.
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