Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: California's Central Coast
Yes, the silence is awful. I had a weird death experience with our previous dog mandy who died at 8 yrs old from cancer. About 2 months prior to her death, I had a strong desire to search on the internet for GSD puppies. I remember thinking, why am I doing this? I have a perfectly wonderful dog that I'll have for many more years, I felt I was betraying her.
After she died I thought I would enjoy a time of less obligations. But I found myself crying whenever I walked somewhere we would normally go. After about a week, my husband sent me some quote saying the best way to get over the death of a dog is to get a new one. She died 3rd week of April and by the middle of May I was ready to get a new pup or adult. I was in school, it was really stressful and I had to wait until the semester was almost over. I got Molly on Memorial Day weekend, I couldn't wait until school was over in June.
I had my daughter pick out Molly because I knew I would pick a dog that looked like our old one and would not be objective.
To answer your questions, yes I definitely had the energy for the new pup, it took me out of my depression which really drains your energy. I did expect our new pup the act similar to our old dog, I admit it did take me a while to see that she has her own personality and nothing would ever replace our old dog, that feeling came up once in while until Molly was about 1 year old. Now I totally love Molly's personality and am so happy I got to experience two unique, great dogs. I hope this helps you.