I truely believe we will. I really do. Atticus' passing in August is all too fresh in our memories. We miss him terribly. My partner and I have talked at length about him still being around--and that we hope that when the time was right, that he'd let us know he was "still in our lives". Just show us a sign--even a small one.
I had to do some work this past weekend on our cabin. My partner was at home with the other two Goldens. The weather was crappy--cold, rainy and windy. It was 'just me' at the end of a long road; the nearest person was quite a ways away. The cabin was usually a little cramped with us two and the three Goldens bouncing around--but now, just me and the sound of the fridge running. I felt very sad and alone. I crawled into bed and dozed off but soon after, got wakened by the sound of footsteps--four-footed ones, padding aroud the room--very quietly but the gait was unmistakable--it was Atticus! The steps came slowly toward me in the dark, then turned to the my side of the bed. Of course, Atticus always came to my side first to nuzzle me with his cold nose, "C'mon dad, time to go out and pee".... Then, silence.... At that moment, I no longer felt alone. It was wonderful...
I really believe that our companions are still with us in some form--even after they pass on... We just need to keep an open mind.