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Finally - They're Bonding

>> Sunday, August 23, 2009

I noticed it yesterday. Annabelle was licking Maddie's ear and Maddie wasn't growling. Finally. I do believe they're bonding. It's been really hard for Maddie. She was just ten-weeks-old when we brought her home.
Kelly was here and ready to take charge. I'll never forget their first meeting. Kelly was in the backyard. I sat Maddie down in the grass. Kelly came over, sniffed her once, twice, three times, and then rolled her like a little ball.
From that moment on, Maddie followed Kelly's every lead. In fact, Kelly actually housebroke her. When Kelly went outside, Maddie followed. She did whatever Kelly did.
When Kelly died, Maddie was lost. She spent hours looking for him. It was heartbreaking. Annabelle had never really bonded with Kelly or Maddie. She was the newest rescue member of our pack and was truly the odd dog out.
After Kelly died, Annabelle did the same things she always did. Poor Maddie kept looking and waiting for Kelly. My sister-in-law, Dee told me Annabelle and Maddie would bond with time and she was right.
This morning was chilly. I was sitting on the couch with a blanket over me. Annabelle was half in my lap (like Kelly used to be) and Maddie jumped up and snuggled against her...just like she used to do with Kelly.
Time doesn't erase loving memories but it does help heal broken hearts. Things are looking up. Maybe Maddie won't be so sad anymore.


Lillian Robinson August 23, 2009 at 3:21 PM  

Sweet story. Time does have a way of smoothing out the wrinkles of the past.

Parsley August 23, 2009 at 6:54 PM  

Aw. I know this feeling of loss all too well. My husband says the only bad thing about owning a dog is having to loose them. I pray you and your other fur babies find continued peace in each other's company.

2cats August 23, 2009 at 7:13 PM  

I don't have dogs, but I do have cats. We had sisters. One of them got sick and died, two weeks later the sister died. We know it was from a broken heart.
They feel the same pain we do. It is difficult to get past.

Ziggy Stardust August 23, 2009 at 7:20 PM  

Awwww that is a nice story. Some of us doggies take longer to adjust to things, but in the end snuggling is always best.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Tweedles -- that's me August 23, 2009 at 9:48 PM  

Yes, sometimes it just takes a lot of time-
for dogs and cats and humans too.
Sometimes we just have to wait for it to happen. Sometimes it seems like it never will.
Sometimes the only thing that helps is,,,,
well i guess I just don't know.
Who has the answers?
I wish I knew.
I have been searching,,,, and its just time and mother nature.
I am happy that some suggles happened right before your very eyes, cause it will help you too!

The Adventures of the LLB Gang August 23, 2009 at 10:19 PM  

I'm glad that the bonding (and healing) has begun....

Dory...and Beth

BRUTUS August 23, 2009 at 11:50 PM  

I know all too well what you mean. Some dogs are much more in tune to these sort of things than others, but the departure of a pack member always is hard on the others. Glad your girls are bonding, I'm sure it warms your heart!

Michelle & Brutus

Sharon Wagner August 24, 2009 at 9:37 AM  

So sweet!

Anonymous August 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM  

Isn't that sweet!

Honeygo Beasley August 24, 2009 at 12:07 PM  

Good news!

Two French Bulldogs August 24, 2009 at 12:59 PM  

That is very cute. I usually bite or pull Lily's ear. Then we lick each other's nose
Benny & Lily

Anya August 24, 2009 at 5:36 PM  

So lovely story :)
Very CUTE ....

Kareltje =^.^=

Cocorue August 25, 2009 at 7:33 AM  

your Maddie may not be so lost after all and hopefully Annabelle and Maddie will finally accept one another.........such a tender moment - that lick....

hello Jan, i've noticed you following us and just wanted to say 'thank you'.....
coco and mummy, lilian

Paula August 25, 2009 at 4:05 PM  

When we brought home sweetie my dog snickers kept batting at her and standing over her. I thought oh my what have I done. But so my sweete puppy was following snickers around like a shadow. My other dog sugar was just stand offish with her, she just looked at us like I can't believe you did this to us. Then when snickers got so sick for those few weeks sugar and sweetie are now playing and it is so good for sugar because she is over weight and needs to play a bit.

I know when once of my babies goes the others are going to have a hard time. I just finished an ethics class that said, "animals can't feel emotions. Yes they know pain, but they don't feel sad, depressed or joy, they just do what is natural. If a person or other animal dies then it is just different for them until they adjust to the new setting." we had a bunch of animal lovers in my class and I can say that reading didn't go over well at all. :) Animals do feel and that is why we love them so much.

Jan Mader August 26, 2009 at 12:12 AM  

I would have loved to have been in your class! I bet that was interesting!!! I just heard on a news program that a dog has the emotions and IQ of a three-year-old. If I can find that source, I'll post it somewhere.

We aren't surprised though, are we!?

Melinda August 27, 2009 at 12:02 PM  

Time is what is needed..and patience and knowing...bless Maddies heart...
Im so happy you have them to love..

Sandy August 28, 2009 at 12:23 PM  

They do indeed look like they're enjoying each others attention and company.

I'm seeing another Children's Book about bonding, getting and dogs?


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