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Dogs are extremely sensitive animals and can feel many of the same emotions that humans feel. Although many seasoned dog owners already know this, newer dog owners are often surprised by the depth of some of the emotions that dogs can feel. We all know that dogs can be very happy creatures; their broad wagging tails give them away every time. But dogs are capable of feeling more complex emotions than just happiness. At the other end of the spectrum there is sadness and depression and dogs are capable of feeling these emotions. Perhaps there is no greater testament to this fact then when a dog’s owner or another dog from the household dies

Owner:
Maggie Barron
City:
Ottawa
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Type/Breed:
Tortie
Date of Birth:
1978
Date of Death
January 1998
Sex:
Female
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
8
Coat Colour:
black, beige/orange
Eye Colour:
yellow

My parents adopted Gypsy from the Ottawa Humane Society in January 1979 (when my mother was pregnant with me!) when she was about 2-3-months old. When I was a toddler, I would not leave Gypsy alone! I used to chase her and pull her tail. I don't think she forgave me until I was maybe 10-13-years old. She was very affectionate (especially with my mom), but was a bit of a loner and she definitly had her bad moods! She was an indoor/outdoor cat her whole life but never went too far from home, especially in her older years. Unfortunately, after the "Ice Storm" in January 1998, she acted differently and seemed to be in a bit of pain. Before we could take her to the vet (who she hated with a passion!), she died peacefully (she almost seemed to just "fall asleep") on the floor of the family room one evening while everyone was watching TV. She wa the first cat to be buried in my parents' garden, the "unofficial pet cemetery". Gypsy we love you!

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