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    Quote Originally Posted by Krisandtob View Post
    Phatty had a "brother" for his first year here - a 12 yr old shar-pei named Bubba. Bubba passed the beginning of this year and we have his ashes on our mantle. Phatty barks at the mantle every single day for no reason. He'll bark at it until we physically move him away. After reading this thread i'm now wondering if this why???? My husband and I never even considered this....

    Here's a pic of Bubba & Phats
    That's funny that you should mention ashes, not in a ha ha he he sorta of way. When we brought Orion's ashes home, Ace did not see me bring them in nor saw me place them on my bedroom dresser but that night he started sniffing there. I even asked my husband "do you think he can smell him." He said no and I said, why not, they have cadavor dogs that can find bodies and dogs that find sniff out illnesses or when someone about to have a medical issue, so why can't he smell him in his ashes.

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    God Bless you all for your kind words and hugs. This was a excellent discussion. I am very intrigued by the behavior of our furry loved ones. Thanks again, to everyone.
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    I believe they can sense things when I'm down or sick lex and Bo will both love ad cuddle w me. When Bo is at a friends house lex is so lost and BORED! When I tell him bubbas coming home He'll get all excited and pace
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    Yes, I feel that they can. My beagle (who passed away at the beginning of this year) found our puppy ( a couple of years ago) that had been bitten by a snake. We buried the puppy in our yard and she would go out there every day and just sit there daily where we buried him till we moved. He was her baby. When Bailey passed this year (cancer) I took her to have her put down and was such a wreck I forgot about Diesel. He has had a really hard time with her being gone...some aggression issues...carrying her stuff around crying (I threw it all away). I know losing Bailey broke my heart but it broke D-bo's too! That is a great idea to have them be there when the other passes...I would have thought people were crazy if I read this without witnessing how upset our doggies get when they lose their best buddy...now not so much!

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    This thread has been heartwarming AND heartbreaking all at the same time. Makes me think of all the sweet critters we have loved and lost and how fast time goes by. Love your babies everybully and Sherry..this must be so hard for you..thanks!

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    I think dogs can sense the spirits that are still here and the passing of a person or fellow playmate. Such wonderful stories about our furry family members and human family that has passed on. I think we all need a big hug 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura M Aguirre View Post
    I think dogs can sense the spirits that are still here and the passing of a person or fellow playmate. Such wonderful stories about our furry family members and human family that has passed on. I think we all need a big hug 
    Great idea. Group

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    This is a great thread cuz we havent had to deal with a loss yet (being an adult that is) Now I hope I remember to keep all this in mind when the time comes. This has brought tears to my eyes just imagining one of my boys waiting for the other that doesnt come back.

    @Sherry my gawd I am SO sorry and do not ever want to have to imagine or feel what you must have dealt with. My girls are just babies and this thought of losing them is just tooooooo awful to imagine. I do believe in spirits and know that your daughter is there with you, even if you dont see her.

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    @Sherry I just can't imagine your pain.

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    @Sherry I just can't imagine your pain.

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    Oh just remembered this, Mugsy was at his post watching out the front window protecting the neighborhood as always and a cat was in the street and got hit by a car. Not sure if he understood exactly what happened BUT he cried, it was sad. He hates the neighborhood cats so to be crying he must have understood something. I closed the curtains after this, it broke my heart.

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