Forgive me for playing "catch up" here.
I've been silenced from the internet for a few days due to my move but I can't let the puppy posts
In particular Dice, first and foremost, my sincerest sympathies.
Secondly, you touched upon something I feel is truly remarkable about our pets that I can relate too. That is, the unconditional love they offer.
My cat Pip, and my dog Interceptor were always there to love me through my scummiest of hours. I'd come home to the little shack I was living in at the time and no matter what caliber of loser/screw up I was during those days/years they greeted me like I was the king. It somehow made me feel like I wasn't the complete villain I was living my life as at that point in time. It was the only reprieve from the loneliness and ache I had during those years. And THAT type of love offered by our pets is often over-looked.
When my cat died, I was a mess for months. Could NOT walk by kitty treats without balling my eyes out. A few months later Interceptor died. I took off work to be with her in her final days. After that I realized upon reflection those two animals offered me a glimpse at a "perfect" love. A love of christian lore I never really "got" before. It is the model of compassion I wish I can exercise with my fellow humans more often.
Pets really do teach us, in execution what it is to love and forgive.
Given all this, and my own experiences with the matter, I really mean it when I say I understand the depth of loss one can experience when going through what you have.
I commemorate my pets by way of characters in my games whenever I have the chance. I try to think on their exemplary practice of patience and love with me when I'm feeling mad and condemning. Keep your pooch's love in your heart forever and celebrate it, as the way you post/spoke, I can tell it was profound.
Once again, my thoughts are with you on this one. Your pooch is in my prayers.
NOTE: I still don't have the internet and am in the process of getting moved/settled. It won't be turned on til this tuesday. I rigged up a hotspot with my phone and temp set-up to come visit RPGFan quick cuz, **withdrawals**. In short, if there is something post this message I should respond to and don't/can't for another 4 days forgive me.