*sigh* It's never, ever easy.. I still deeply miss Tarka, our golden retriever, twelve years after his time came. But, it's not difficult to counter that dark time with the years
of fun we had together, from first giving him a home ("free to a good home", no less! Pedigree, too, not that it mattered, complete with lineage of his past six generations. We very nearly weren't his family, as there was someone else in line in front of us, so to speak, but something wasn't suitable with them, so we got a call back..), through taking him for hours long walks around the hills above the village, not to mention waiting for him to return after he'd run off. *grin* (Thankfully, he stopped that a few months after he came to us. We'd always go out looking, but obviously, there's only so much ground a few people can cover. He'd normally run into the fields, often having done plenty of rolling around, smelling to high heaven.. mercifully, none of the farmers were trigger-happy)
No question - if I can get myself into a situation where my company and
project are safe from collapse, so I don't have to move around, I'd love to have another dog. Something large, again, like a retriever, or maybe a samoyed. (Floofy!)
Do you have any four legged companions in the house, or thoughts in that direction?