When our old girl died this past April, we brought her home for her final night. She stayed close to us all night, next to the bed, in the same place she always slept. We heard her breathing change around 4 AM, and my husband lay with her and held her in his arms. She nuzzled into him as he whispered to her. Each member of our family, including the canine members, thanked her for the gift of her friendship. Then she took her last breath and left us. She was surrounded by love as she left this world.
I have the opposite experience. I had two fosters die natural death. One had congestive heart failure, the other was thrown out of a car and probably developed a blood clot. They both waited for me to come home from work and passed away minutes within me stopping by to take care of them. They waited for me...
I've never heard of it but, I imagine it is possible?
I've owned several dogs and never had one go off by themselves to die.
Every dog I've ever owned took their last breath in my arms.
I've heard of it, more with wild animals, than with pets.
With the exception of two, I've had all my pets die in my arms at the vet.
The other two were a ferret and a cat who waited until I got home, and then died in my arms on the way to the vet. Both passings were very quick and "appeared" painless. Neither of them had "appeared" to be ill before. Very active and up and running that morning when I'd left for work.
I think it depends on how the dog dies. If the dog passes peacefully, it'll seek the love of it's family because that is what it has known.
If the dog has a sudden onset of something, like a heart attack, it might wander off away from it's family due to it's confusion caused by the illness.
I had a rescued doxie (she was used as a breeder and never left her kennel - no social skills etc.) that slept under the covers at my feet. We were sound asleep when I heard her yelp. She had crawled up to my head, yelped in my face and died, her head across my face. It was her heart.
I had an old aussie who went out to go potty, laid down in the yard and passed.
I had an old barn cat who crawled into the bed of my truck during the night and passed. It was as if she was worried she wouldn't be found.
I think it is a personal thing for each animal. I think some animals take their job as a family member very seriously and will fight death, even if it's for the best. I think that is when we have to help them over the bridge.
Most the dogs here have aged and gotten ill, and because we're so 'in tune' we saw symptoms and let them go @ the clinic.
I do think people tend to wait too long, often, and prolong a dog's suffering inadvertently, and I understand this, as humans we do not want to let them go.
But a dog psychic told me a while back...and I still think of this...dogs do not fear death like we do.
They see death as a transition into the next life.
And that's stuck with me this whole time.
It's human nature to fear the unknown, dogs live in the moment, and don't fear the future.
Those are sweet stories. I hope when the time comes, Remy can pass peacefully, and know she was loved very much! Thankfully, we've got a LOONNNGG life ahead of us
Tinker is the only dog I've had that has died. So, I was just curious to see if what happened to her was "normal."