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Dog in Mourning?

Hi Y'All:

Our shepherd, Cruiser, has been different since Dad got sick. He was always so easy-going but now he is whiny, growly and sticks to me like glue most of the time. Other times he runs into Dad�s room (used to be off-limits) and sleeps. He did a lot of that when Dad was bedridden � broke all the rules.

Part of the problem is that he has been provoking the other dogs. He growls at them occasionally and seems to be trying to prove his Alpha state (or start a fight). I think maybe he considered himself to be Dad�s dog and now is kind of lost� I am hoping this doesn�t go on forever because I miss my old easy-going doggy. Anybody ever experience anything like this or have any ideas?

Glenda
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