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Do dogs remember their previous owners. Lovemommylife Due June 2 (girl); 1 child; 3 angel babies; New Mexico 1421 posts
30th Oct '12

I had to get rid of my 7 month old dog the other day. I had him for about 4 months and he was so attached to me, followed me everywhere, he was my baby. Do you think he feels abandoned? I never had to get rid of an animal like this so I don't know I am just super sad about it.

bloopbloop♥ 1 child; Illinois 13700 posts
status 30th Oct '12

He will remember you but he shouldn't be sad if his new owners are good with him. :)

Arks Mama! ಠ_ಠ 1 child; Utah 2401 posts
30th Oct '12
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Veronica m6 Due February 25 (boy); Fort Richardson, Alaska 1514 posts
30th Oct '12
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lamr - 02-08-13-21 2 kids; Crazytown, ON, Canada 5991 posts
30th Oct '12

He'll be sad for a while until he realizes you aren't coming back. If the new family is good to him, he'll get over you, lol.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46840 posts
30th Oct '12

I think they do.
I had to give my 2-year-old Pug to my husband's grandmother because he had SEVERE separation anxiety issues and I work all day. His grandmother is a homebody. Hardest decision ever, but he is much happier having someone with him all day. I visit him and he runs right up to me, so I think he remembers me. I think it's a scent thing. They are good with their noses; dogs are.



I don't think dogs have the ability to feel "abandoned," in my opinion. I don't think their mental capacity allows for that. Dogs are smart, they care for their owners safety, they are good with their noses- but I think as long as someone is loving them, feeding them, and paying attention to them- they are happy. They don't care who it is. You know?

Back to Noob Status Ohio 14048 posts
30th Oct '12

I'm inclined to say yes.

Monsieur Tastybutt TTC since Jul 2011; 2 kids; Oklahoma 426 posts
30th Oct '12

I believe they do remember their previous owners. I believe the same for cats as well.

3 little monsters 3 kids; Olathe, Colorado 50990 posts
30th Oct '12

My old dog remembered me! I gave her to my parents when we left to go overseas. She didn't see my for 3 1/2 years but when we finally came home she was so SO excited to see me. It sounded like she was crying and she stayed glued to me for 3 days before she finally got enough loving to go back to her normal self. It was the sweetest thing ever!