Donna, I'm so sorry to hear about Vesta passing. I have gone thru that loss too many times. I am so glad that you found each other so many yrs ago. 18 wonderful yrs of loving and BEING loved, that says so much about the two of you.
I believe that when it is our time to pass, all of our loving pets will be waiting for us - ready to run and play just like they did down here. When I go, I'm wearing my sneakers, so I'm ready!
Time helps I guess, but I can still see a picture of one of my babies and I lose it. I am sending you gentle hugs, talk about her when you feel like it. I still talk about my babies, it does help.
God bless. Alice.