I have now felt the same pain as you with Goldie. Last Thursday I had to say good bye to my 7 yr old Newfoundland JR. He was my very first show dog and when I retired him from showing he became a therapy dog vistiting the nursing homes and the kids at the hospital. I was able to say a final good bye. My pain is double duty because he loved the motorhome and always wanted to be in it. We left for a dog show on Thursday after he was gone and missed him being with us and now we are home and have to go thru that process again. JR as a will be missed for he was always giving.
It is helping to have my other dogs here to help with the process of moving forward. But his will be forever in our hearts.
Renegade Garage Rig