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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Shyla Saturday

Shyla is finding happiness in Labrador Valley. The complete change in routine and setting since our Black Dog's death has helped her. Because our patterns have changed, the absence of her brother is probably less jarring to her.

I keep talking about play for our dogs because I think that it is so key to their happiness. Just outside our door, they can play with abandon - which helps them so much!

Shyla is as enthusiastic about playing as Hachi is. Their bond is growing through play.

One issue that has caused all of us distress is Shyla's separation anxiety. We are learning to adapt our habits to her need to be right next to one of us at certain times of the day (at the times when she used to be with our Black Dog). For example, in the evening, we have her in an ex pen between our chairs while Hachi is free. Shyla is calm because she's next to us, and Hachi is calm because he is free to move around.

Just before walks, we are now trying out having each of us have a dog on leash while we get ready. They are both quiet and calmer if they are right next to us.

And then they go outside to do this!

I think that Shyla is okay. We always knew that losing her big brother would be a pivotal point in her life because she emotionally depended on him so much. Yet, she is now functioning without too much anxiety just four weeks after his death. That is the best possible news for our Shyla.


  1. There is no doubt that having Hachi around has played a large part in helping Shyla through the loss of her big brother. She does look very happy!

  2. It is good news! And my prayers are that one day Shyla will be able to sleep with Hachi like she used to sleep her brother

  3. We are so happy that Shyla is doing so good and that last photo is pure happy!

  4. Shyla and Hachi are so lucky to have you and the Runner, KB. In time, we hope they can be best buddies just as Shyla and R were best buddies.

  5. We're glad to hear you all are enjoying your new home. The move and loss of R have sure been a big change for all of you but we know it will all work out in the end.

  6. You're so attuned to your pups needs - Shyla and Hachi are fortunate to be with you.

    Take care and stay well!

  7. What a playground they have too.
    Shyla is founding her way with your TLC and Hachi is not letting any moss grow under his paws.
    Hugs cecilia

  8. Hari OM
    ... and they have snow!!! YAM xx

  9. I think the timing of your move has turned out to be perfect for Shyla; along with all the things you do to help her adjust. That's so great! ♥
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  10. We are so happy to hear that Shyla is adjusting. Hachi will keep her busy outside and eventually we can see them both napping side by side just like Shyla and R.

  11. Those two play rough. They always look like they are attacking each other, but I know it is just play. So good they have each other.

  12. Gotta love how first snows bring out the best bouncing personality in dogs.


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