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Dog Refuses To Sleep In The Space Where His Friend Once Slept

Losing your absolute best friend is a heart breaking experience. Whether you’re a human or an animal… a friendship ending can be such a hard thing to deal with, especially if there is no way they’ll ever come back.

Meet Harry the Shih Tzu, who is grieving the loss of his best friend, George, who passed away recently. His owner, Caitlin Wynne has captured his healing process and the steps he’s been taking to get through this sad time.

The two dog pals hit it off as soon as they met. Caitlin explained:

“We got Harry when George was 7 because it seemed like he needed a friend”


“They got on really well. Harry was always more playful and energetic than George, but they’d still play and would always sleep next to each other.”

With Harry always being a shy dog, spending til with his best friend George really helped with his confidence.

“Harry couldn’t stand being in a room without him and was very reliant on him”

“Harry was very timid when we got him and is still fairly timid now.”

The two dogs were inseparable and slept together every night, sharing a single dog bed until because that’s what they preferred. By the age of 15, George got sick. Harry tried so hard to care for his ill friend.

She added:

“They used to share the bed, but when George became ill, Harry slept next to the bed to give him space”

“I slept on the sofa the night before we had George put to sleep to keep him company and Harry was pacing around the room crying. [He] wouldn’t sleep all night, as if he knew something was wrong.”

When George was put to sleep the next day, Harry went with him to the vet and refused to leave his side. Before George closed his eyes.. harry was the last face he saw.

Harry now returns to the bed they once shared but he won’t sleep in it, but at the side, where he can leave a space for his friend.

She added:

“He sleeps on the floor to the side of the bed now quite often”

“but I didn’t realize why until I was looking through photos of them both from a year ago.”

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