We're all been there, had to say farewell to a canine companion, whether through age or illness. They always take a piece of your heart with them, but leave you with lots of wonderful memories. And during the grieving process, a house without a dog isvery empty. And so we adopt again. The new dog isn't a replacement for the departed one, as it will have a completely different character and different needs. And we know that at the end of its life, we will again put ourselves through the pain of losing it.
Grieving our Losses article.