Just an update... Abby is doing a little better, but she still sits in the kitchen and cries sometimes. She continues to carry around her toy. Otis tries to keep her busy (which keeps him busy too)!
Thank you for your comments. Agnes
A lot of times Dogs can sense stress in people as well. After losing Strider getting Bud was a gift for the Collies and I. It was kind of hard on me to get a dog so quick after Strider but it turned out the right thing to do.
Max the GSD and Willow the greyhound had been together for almost 10 years and were inseparable. When Willow died from lymphoma while under observation at the vet, Max was depressed and confused. When we would go out onto the deck, he would stick his head back through the pet door looking for his buddy. He was already suffering from DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) and struggling to get around, but now appeared to be going downhill fast. A couple of months after Willow died, I adopted another greyhound, Dot. As soon as I got her home, he started licking her all over and wagged his tail for the first time in months (I had thought that the DM had already rendered the tail completely limp). He seemed to suddenly get a new reason to live and perked up noticeably. A few months later, I brought a 10-week-old GSD puppy home. Dash immediately attached himself to 12-year-old Max, to the extent I started calling him "Mini-Max". Although Max seemed sometimes a bit bothered by the pup, teaching him proper behavior gave him a job and a further reason to live. Although I had to put him down about 3 1/2 months later, the presence of Dot and Dash helped make his last months of life so much better, and I can still see bits of Max when I look at Dash.
I know how difficult it can be to get a new dog so soon after losing one, but I just wanted to let you know it can really be a healing process, both for dog and human. Good luck to you and Abby.
Col. Dash - GSD, DOTL Rainbow Division, in my heart forever
Spc. Lily - 11-year-old Greyhound (Racing School drop-out)
Spc. Molly - 10-year-old GSD Mix (aka Honey Badger)
Shadow - 2-year-old Greyhound (aka Shadow Ninja) 2011 G'town 280DS Class A