When is it the right time to adopt another dog after your puppy dies

The only fault of French Bulldogs is that – in most cases, – they die earlier than their parents. It’s a heartbreaking period and everyone has their own way of dealing with it. The question often comes up: is it right to adopt another puppy, and if yes, when is it the right time. We try to help with our below thoughts.

When is it the right time to adopt another puppy?

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It’s absolutely normal to process your feelings of grief

Even if death is part of life, we can never get used to losing a best friend, a family member, a sweet puppy. Depending on the reason for death, some parents struggle with bad consciousness, guilt, and many other negative feelings, apart from grief.

‘You should get another puppy.’ – comes the advice from friends, and parents start questioning if it’s the right thing. 

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You should know that it’s absolutely normal to be sad and depressed and never be ashamed of experiencing and processing your feelings.

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Carefully selected puppy parents

Thanks to the rigorous selection process of TomKings Puppy Parents, puppies of our family don’t have genetic problems, so parents can have the peace of mind that their lovely furbaby won’t die of genetic illnesses.

Still, food poisoning, accidents, and ageing happen, and parents ask us the question if it’s disrespectful to the late puppy to adopt another.

The straightforward answer is that neither us nor anybody else can and should tell you when to adopt another dog after your Frenchie dies.

For some people, it can seem to be selfish, or a betrayal to have another baby, but the fact is that the puppy we lost will never be with us again. Neither if we punish ourselves for ages, nor if we have another puppy. Nobody has the right to tell you when it’s the right time to have another furbaby.

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Our experience

Our experience is that another Frenchie can help you heal your wounds. It’s worth having a look at newborn babies, adoption takes a few months anyway.

In all the cases when a parent adopted a new puppy after their French Bulldog died, we saw that parents are so happy with the new baby and never regret getting him or her as soon as possible.

Geri’s tip

My wife’s parents had a puppy who was hit by a car and my father-in-law felt extremely guilty and said that he will never have another puppy. His birthday was a couple of months later and we bought him another furbaby. He is absolutely grateful that he has Niagara (the new pup in his life!) I would say the earlier is the better 

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Geri’s father-in-law with Niagara sleeping in his hands.
Yes, she is a Yorkshire Terrier 🤷‍♂️

The article was written based on the experience of the TomKings Puppies Team. TomKings Puppies have been breeding French Bulldogs for 10 years on their farm. All the pictures in the post belong to them and show a puppy from their breed. Check their available puppies here, or if you have any questions or comments let us know below the article.


14 thoughts on “When is it the right time to adopt another dog after your puppy dies”

  1. So beautifully written! Your compassion, your concern, the delicate way you interacted with me at my most vulnerable of states are all hallmarks of family. I am so happy to be a part of the Tomkings family! Thank you for this beautiful, thoughtful article!

    1. Thank you Dania, it is an honour for us that people like you belong to our Family! 🙏❤️🐶

    2. Being a member of the Tom Kings family I can say we all felt the heartbreak of losing baby Watty, obviously not as much as his parents.. but we all ached for them.
      A new puppy would never replace the one that we lost but certainly that puppy would create a new love that would also be irreplaceable.
      As always a wonderful article.

      1. Thanks for saying this, this is the power of this family, this was our dream and mission and seeing all these wonderful people come together in good and bad times, is an amazing reward for us. Thank you for being here, and for reading our blog.

      2. Brenda Lozada

        Yes written very beautifully I am so glad I came across your site . I am so impressed with your prompt response and you care about a parents feeling. It is reassuring to communicate with someone who understands . Our hearts will know when it’s time and I feel comfortable with your family .
        Thank you .

    3. Maybel Concepcion

      I’m so blessed because I found you guys. When I got Mitch it was 7 month after I lost my other Frenchie. He has bring so much love, companion, and happiness into my life that I would say that it has been the best decision I’ve made after loosing my best friend. Mitch always reminds me of my beloved one and when I see him I’m always with a big smile on my face. I can say he’s my life & best friend!

      1. Thank you for sharing your story, it matters a lot. We’re so happy to hear that Mitch brings so much joy to your life after you lost a pup. Thanks for reading the blog.

  2. Excellent writing everything you say is so true. You’ll know when your heart is ready, even if it’s doesn’t feel completely the same. I can say from experience it’s not a replacement, it’s about giving a new baby a family to love and to receive unconditional love back

    1. Thank you for your lovely words, I love how you put it, and I can only say, you speak from my heart. All the best to you and your pup, thanks for reading the blog.

  3. Dear Tom,

    Your every word in this blog loudly resounded with me. After 13 1/2 years with Buddy and going thru two cancers with him I cannot deny my heart is still breaking from the tremendous loss. I have been fighting with myself about getting another puppy and your thoughtful words have helped lessen the guilt I feel. I now we realize that I will never be replacing Buddy but that it is okay to want to share my love and life with a néw baby. I think Buddy would wholeheartedly agree especially in consideration of the beautiful life we shared. It’s so comforting to know that you and others completely understand this grieving process and the feelings attached to it. My best regards to you and yours.

    Dana Sigler

    1. Dear Dana,

      I’m so glad that our article could give you at least a little bit ease. I’m sure that Buddy had the most wonderful life with you. I also believe that he would love you to be happy again. I wish you with all my heart to find your new loving companion who will bring love and happiness to your life again.

  4. Thank you kindly heartfelt searching for a breath of air so thanks for im truly saddened just lost my last french bully pup of 8smdh?????!!!!!


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