April 10th 2006 12:19 pm
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We had to put Max to sleep on Feb. 7th this year. He came down with pneumonia and it got the best of him. It was a very freaky thing to happen to a 3 year old dog. We are all very saddened and miss him terribly.
Toby had noticed Max's decline in health over those last two weeks before that dreadful day and he knew something was wrong with his big brother.
After the gut wrenching and heartbreaking day at the Vet's we brought Max home in a little cardboard coffin to lay him to rest in our backyard. I let Toby see Max and sniff him. This was recommended by our Vet. We buried Max out under the tree where he used to stand guard on squirrel patrol.
A few weeks later the cleaning lady (who is also my friend) came to clean. She had not been there since Max was buried. Toby kept barking at her and running up and down the hallway like he was trying to tell her something. She said she he had never acted like this before. After she got done cleaning she let Toby out in the backyard to go potty. He immediately ran to where Max was buried and stood over his grave barking and looking at my friend as if to say, "Look, here is Max!!!!"
So if you ever question whether an animal knows about death or not.......I believe they do. Toby knows that is where Max is now......
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