A local families king charles spaniel Holly went missing this week, she was old and had a heart condition so her owners were frantic. It turns out that she went down to the bottom of the garden and got in behind the shed to lie down for one last sleep in a safe familiar place. I think its sad but beautiful at the same time.
Apparantly its common in dogs to the point that dogs dying with company is the exception rather then the rule but theres no real reason why with diverse breeds from different life styles tend to do the same thing... is it wolfish behavior so the pack isnt slowed down? Is it to die with dignity? Is it because the dog doesnt love its owners anymore?
Personally I think its probably an old inbuilt wolfish type behavior, it couldnt be cultural or the different lifestyles dogs lead would mean it wouldnt be so common. Probably a return to the den of puppyhood. Like we begin our lives being looked after by family, then we grow and have children of our own, then we decline and in our later years end our lives being looked after by family. Its a cyclical thing that appeals to me.