- May 4, 2017
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I need some advice from the dog lovers on this site. My parents have a 5ish year old spayed female named Flurry. I think she is a corgi - terrier mix. A family member that Flurry was very attached to just died of cancer. My family is grieving and people are stressing out planning the funeral. All the while Flurry is just deflated and depressed. She is clearly grieving as well. She is glued to my mother's side, possibly out of fear of losing her too. My mother has spent the past year caring for this family member and now that he is gone, she plans to go back to work, leaving Flurry alone in the house for the very first time. The idea of getting another dog to keep Flurry company and maybe even help with the grief is being considered. The main obstacle of Flurry getting a new friend is really Flurry herself. She was never really socialized with other dogs. She has gotten really upset, growling and baring her teeth at most of the dogs she has met. Now, she did meet a neighbor dog by accident and was totally fine with the dog. Flurry even tried to initiate play. This is the ONLY time she has been ok with another dog. This dog was a slightly smaller and older than Flurry. The other dogs she has met were younger and higher energy. So, maybe Flurry would tolerate a dog of similar size and similar age. But, when would be the right time to adopt a new dog? Should my parents give Flurry time to settle and grieve? What should they be looking for in Flurry as a sign that she might be ready to except a new friend in her life?