her master passed away
From the perspective of Gut Aiderbichl
(written by Gisela Pschenitschnig)
Medina is an eight-year-old shepherd-mix bitch and lived with an animal-loving man, who unfortunately suffered a heart attack. At first, it looked as if Medina could return to him when her master's health improved, but unfortunately this hope was not to be fulfilled.
Medina's owner had made provisions for taking in his bitch in case something happened to him. So the bitch came to Gut Aiderbichl Iffeldorf and was taken in by our dogs.
How long can animals remember their owners?
Can Medina remember her owner? Is she sad? We know that dogs are happy when they go out into nature, when they get a treat or when you play together. So you would think that they would be perfectly capable of mourning as well.
Human and animal grieving may differ in that the dog lives in the present. They are not capable of past analysis. Nevertheless they remember and long for their humans - it just has a different character.
Dogs get used to their living situation. Medina surely knew exactly the daily routine with her master. The new thing is that now this daily routine has been interrupted by the death of her master. The living situation for Medina has become a new one, to which she will slowly get used.
Anyway, dogs love their owners - I am thinking about the story of Hachiko who remembered his owner for 10 years. Our animals do not forget us.
Medina's master acted responsibly
An animal provision is an extremely responsible step with a view to the future of your animal. Life situations can change quickly due to illness or an accident - what happens to the animals then? There are animal shelters where they are taken by the police, sometimes family members take over the bereaved dogs or cats of a deceased relative.
"...When I take an animal, I am responsible for it as long as it lives..." - this is how I try to explain to people in the tours the responsibility and also the respect we should have for our animals. To this responsibility, it should also belong to look in good time for a new home for your dog, cat, rabbit or hamster etc.. Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring. Tomorrow and its surprises - there is no age limit for incidents in life.
Medina lives in the now and looks ahead
Medina has been living in Iffeldorf for about a month. At the moment, she prefers being alone in her single room, and is looking forward more and more every day to going for walks together with the other dogs at Gut Aiderbichl Iffeldorf.
For sure she does not forget her master. When she lies in her basket with her head on her paws and looks dreamily, it may well be that she thinks of him.
All the best, dear Medina. Sincerely, Yours Gisela