I'm sorry to hear about your dog. People who don't regularly keep pets don't understand that they become members of the family, and, in a lot of cases, like your children. In fact, some people keep animals rather than kids! My parents filled the empty nest with a dog that they baby like a child; I never imagined either one of them being that kind of dog-owner. Heck, even I'm very attached to their dog, despite having only lived with her for a little less than two years. I don't buy her fast food (like they do), but I will take her riding in my car and feed her from my plate. I can imagine how upset you are at the moment
In the Laura Ingalls books, she reccounts when they thought their dog had drowned and she asks her father if he will go to Heaven. Pa replies, "God who doesn't forget the sparrow won't leave a good dog like Jack out in the cold." I am sure your dog will be looked after as well. I hope that your dog, as in the case of Jack, will recover and live many more happy years.
P.S. Don't beat yourself up over the gum. I knew for quite some time that sugar alcohols tear me up and that I have to avoid sugar-free products, yet I bought sugar-free gum one day not even thinking that it would have sugar alcohol in it. After all, it was around before sugar alcohols came on the market. It was painful to learn that I was wrong, but as my fiance says about medieval fighting, "Pain is a wonderful teacher." You can bet I think twice before buying gum now. In fact, I even go so far as to question the ingredients in realitives' pies and cakes if they are sugar free.