Sorry for your loss, Caretaker. Cute li'l thing there. It's tough losing a pet. It takes a while to get over the mind pain, imo, a month or so. But the memories and melancholy feeling never really goes away.
Sorry to hear it. We've lost a couple in recent years, and it's so hard. We said we were done, but everyone knows that doesn't last. We got a new little girl pup in April, and I'm telling you, the wife and I are spellbound. Hang in there.
... pets ARE part of the family.!! Hang in there and remember the unconditional love he gave you!! Dang - now it's getting to me (My sons Great Dane is nearing the end of her life too.. I SO Dread that Day - I LOVE that big ol hound !! )
My most sincere sympathies. We've lost 3 over the last 1 1/2 year. Wife was able to get a "replacement" for her favorite Chihuahua. My favorite all-time dog was my boy, a Yorkie-Papillon-Pomeranian mix. I'll never find another like him. If it is possible, have more than 1 at a time. It does make losing one a little easier if you have some continuity.
It sucks, been there a few times and its never easy. It was mentioned earlier and its true tho, the best cure is another one. Not a replacement, you can never replace, but you will be amazed how quickly a puppy (or my choice, older rescue dog) will fill that void and make you smile. Theres a doggy out there that needs a place, you have one thats just opened up. Its what your buddy would tell you if he could