Please don’t ever tell me that animals do not mourn. The left photo of Borrego was taken six weeks before our dog Midnight was diagnosed and died of cancer. The right photo was taken three weeks after Midnight passed. The grey shroud of mourning is so prominent in the photo it even made me gasp. For the first week that Midnight was gone, Borrego merely wandered around the house. Her demeanor is markedly more subdued, even now.
Borrego tolerates very few adult dogs but was a constant companion with Midnight. Three years Midnight’s elder, I think that Borrego counted on Midnight’s steadfast nature to keep her grounded. I do not think that Borrego will ever again have a companion that she trusts and interacts with as she did with Midnight. Yes, we feel Midnight’s loss and many tears have been shed by the humans in our family. Based on the white in Borrego’s countenance, I can guarantee you that she has done her share of crying as well.