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Kitty loved his dog as much as I did. So far he seems kind of normal with the loss of our dog a week ago. 

I still have all of my dog's things other than those items I used because she was old. I still have the bed but have moved it to the loft. Kitty isn't spending anytime where the bed used to be. 

I can't imagine that he hasn't noticed that his dog is gone. 

Have your other animals acted like they noticed someone was missing? Do they grieve?

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I have found that my other dogs have most definitely grieved, in their own ways of course, when one of the others has passed.

I have actually been witnessing it just this morning. We lost our elderly beagle Tiger on 12-12-17 while we were on vacation and just got back home. We went to pick up our other dog, Lady, and she howled and cried at the vet's office. She was with Tiger when he passed in his sleep. I don't know if he yelped or thrashed or some such when he passed, but she was definitely traumatized by something that occurred. I'm sure it didn't help things when the vet staff removed his body from the kennel and she was left alone.

Once we got home, she immediately began racing all over the house, checking the areas where they used to pal around or where he used to sleep. She even got on an old pillow on the floor that I had put out for him to sleep on just a few weeks ago. I let her sniff my hand where I had petted him for the last time at the vet's office and that seemed to calm her a bit. But she has a very strange look on her face today, almost like her little brows are knitted in worry, so I know something is going on in that doggy brain of hers. We just try to be reassuring, telling her what a brave girl she was for staying with Tiger when he passed and that she is a good dog and everything is all right.

She also keeps wanting to go outside and look around in the yard. It is making my heart hurt to see her search for him and not being able to do anything about it. The "new normal" sucks right now.
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