Once it was controversial to think that animals have emotions. No one who lived with our Aggie would have ever thought dogs are without emotions. Aggie is our ten year old Golden Retriever, who is sweet, loving and firmly bonded to everyone in her life. We had a number of dogs of different breeds when she came to us at four months old. Gem, our four year old Smooth Collie, was Queen of the Pack, and immediately adopted Aggie. Gem protected her baby at all times, like pushing her back from the fence while she barked at the neighborhood dogs. When Aggie was about five years old, one day she barked at Gem in such as way as to say, I'm a big girl now and I get to stand at the fence and bark too! They continued as lifetime friends until Gem died of old age in September, 2010. Aggie looks for Gem in her old bedroom every morning. Last night she woke up at 4:00 AM and cried, looked for her inside and outside, cried some more, and finally went to sleep around 5:30. Maybe that was the turning point for Aggie in her grief. I'm trying to get Aggie to spend more time with Betsy and Cici, our half-sister Goldens, and maybe that will help. They know Aggie is older and less active than they are, but seem quite willing to help her out--and I use that wording on purpose. Betsy and Cici know Aggie is missing her "mom." The Golden pictures on my Profile Page are of these three dogs.
Anyone else have stories of their pets' emotions?