I lost my dear Kirby back in October--he had a brain tumor that had been developing slowly over the last couple years, and all of a sudden it got to the point where he really couldn't function anymore. I had him since he was a puppy, and he was nearly 14 when he passed away so it's been very tough for me not having him around! Here's a picture of him from a vacation we took a week before he died:
Liz, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Kirby. I know it must be difficult since it was just a few months ago that you lost your boy. Wow, 14, he sure lived a long time, but that just shows that he had a great human who loved him and took such good care of him.
Thanks to you both...I have been doing better with things lately, but had a good cry when I posted this thread, it's still so hard to think about. He was with me through all sorts of major things in my life--grad school, marriage, divorce, and picking up and moving across the country away from all my family & friends. So it's left a big hole in my life not having him around!
Liz, in time the pain will fade and you will be ready to adopt a new canine to love and care for.
I've known many people who lose a beloved pet and say they will never, ever get another one! They do bring so much joy to our lives but I always say we aren't replacing those we lost, just adopting a new friend to love and give us that undivided devotion.
Your Kirby really was a wonderful companion seeing you through so many life changes, a furry angel ... now waiting at the Rainbow Bridge:
Liz, I too grew up with dogs, and it's been so long since my husband and I have had one in the family, I really miss it.
At one point my husband and I had three dogs, two cats, two birds and three aquariums (fish don't really count as pets to me, LOL but I thought I'd include it.) We haven't had dogs in many years now, mainly because we seemed to be inheriting cats as family members passed, and felt with (at one point) five cats (four of them being elderly) in the household, it wouldn't be fair to add a dog to the mix. Now we are down to one cat and I am so ready to adopt another canine!
I've been thinking seriously on the subject and wondering if I'm too old and set in my ways for a puppy so have been contemplating an older dog. I was chatting with my neighbor yesterday and she was telling me of someone she is acquainted with who told her about the service dogs they train. Apparently the dogs have different levels of training and if they get past level 1, 2 and 3 but can't pass level 4, they are not considered for service dogs and are adopted out. She said the dogs are past the puppy stage but aren't old dogs, and already have a good level of training, so that might be perfect for my husband and me! She's going to get me some information on this program.
I agree it's too soon for you to think of adopting another dog, your Kirby hasn't been gone very long and it takes time to get over the grieving and missing of our furry friends when they pass. Even when the time comes that you find yourself getting a new dog, the sweet memories of your Kirby will be there, they will be happy memories and the sadness will fade.
I'm with you on looking for a slightly older dog--since I work full time housebreaking would be challenging to manage so when I do get a dog I think it'll be one that's a couple years old. Your idea of getting a partly trained service dog sounds like a good plan, you should be able to get a nice well-behaved dog that way!