I have 2 cockatiels and I dread the day when I lose them...I try not to dwell on it, but I know it's inevitable that they will die someday. But I decided that in the meantime, I'm going to give them the best life I can! You are doing the right thing by having gotten another dog. Pets, like children, can't be "replaced" by another, but love is something that ALL of them need! Hopefully the knowledge that you gave your sweet dog a good life will help, as well as knowing that you are now giving another dog a happy life...there are so many poor animals out there that have no one to love or care for them. Many are mistreated and even killed. We can't save them all, sad to say, but we cherish the fact that we are helping the ones we have! You might find it comforting to donate some dogfood to the local animal shelter sometimes. Our local shelter is finally a "no-kill" shelter and at Publix Grocery Store, they often take up donations for the shelter to help with the expense of caring for animals that are being kept alive until they can find them a home. This is just a thought. But no matter what, always remember that you have so much love to give and there are so many animals to love! :)
"If you watch the stars at night,
And you find them shining equally bright,
You might've seen Jesus
And not have known what you saw...
But you would notice a gem
In a five & dime store."
From-"Mary Was An Only Child" by Art Garfunkel