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Old 02-19-2014, 08:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Silly question... will my dog remember me?

Hi - about 2.5 years ago I posted about an abused/neglected GSD I fostered and then adopted from our local humane society. Over the time we've been together we've formed a tight bond. I'm 52 and have had many dogs but never one like Drake. He's amazing and just about a constant companion. If he can go and I can take him, he goes.

I'm preparing to leave and will be out of town for 5 months. He'll stay behind, in our home, cared for my by my wife.

My question is this: Do you think he'll remember me when I get back?

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Old 02-19-2014, 09:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Absolutely he will remember you. My husband was in the Navy. He went on many 6-8 month deployments. The dogs always remembered him when he came home. They went nuts when they saw him after any deployment (short and long). Stuck to him like glue the first few days home just like our human children.
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I also think he will. I don't have personal experience, but I have seen so many youtube videos of people coming home from deployment and the dogs are so happy and clearly remember them.
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I'm preparing to leave and will be out of town for 5 months. He'll stay behind, in our home, cared for my by my wife.

My question is this: Do you think he'll remember me when I get back?

He will remember you for sure. If you don't believe me just watch these dogs greeting their owners. They are soldiers returning home from long deployments. There are many examples of such videos and it is heartwarming to see how the dogs react to the return of their loved one.

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I will say.. not to put a damper on the positivity.. Sometimes it takes a minute for them to remember. I was deployed for 7 months.. I lived alone at the time, and my BF deployed too, so a friend watched Titan. When she brought him to the airport to meet me, he was very disinterested, was so much more intrigued at all the people walking around and when he saw me, sniffed and went back to my friend. I mean it absolutely broke my heart.. THEN when I got home and my friend brought him over with all his things it was like a lightbulb went on and he all of a sudden got excited barking and whining coming through the door and sniffing the entire house. Routine was back and we were all good.

I think my case was different only because he didn't stay in the same house with the same family and routine. I figure he pretty much thought I left him and started a new life with the new family. BUT I did just want you to prepare yourself for that too just in case.. I didn't and it was really hard when I didn't get the response I thought I would.
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I think my case was different only because he didn't stay in the same house with the same family and routine. I figure he pretty much thought I left him and started a new life with the new family. BUT I did just want you to prepare yourself for that too just in case.. I didn't and it was really hard when I didn't get the response I thought I would.
Sorry to get OT but thank you for your service. Also, a big thanks to all the other service members out there.

Interesting perspective and thanks for sharing. I bet you are correct about Titan moving on. That would be hard to take when seeing him again but glad to hear that he is back to being your dog again.
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Sorry to get OT but thank you for your service. Also, a big thanks to all the other service members out there.

Interesting perspective and thanks for sharing. I bet you are correct about Titan moving on. That would be hard to take when seeing him again but glad to hear that he is back to being your dog again.
Thank you He is a good boy and we are definitely back on track! He is a very adaptable dog and I think that's exactly what he did.

I personally think the OP is going to have a much different response because his pup is staying with is family and won't be completely uprooted
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Thanks everyone.... As long as he's being taken care of that's all that really matters. It's a funny thing - I'm dread missing my dog than my family because I can talk and Skype with them...

It'll be fine I'm sure - he's also got 4 other dogs to play with and as mentioned he'll have continuity with the same home, my wife and daughter, etc.
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He'll remember. This is my GSD seeing his dad for the first time after an 8 month deployment. He never lived with him here- new house.

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Old 02-19-2014, 11:36 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Absolutely yes it will remember you, I adopted golden retriever from previous owner who could not care for it. She was 2 years old and her owner would come by once a year and she would definately recognize her, even after 7 years she showed special affection once owner came to visit after couple of years. She adopted very well with our family but always showed affection toi the "old" owner even after not seeing her for year of two.
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