My post is just above yours as I lost Boomer to epilepsy less than a month ago. I still feel the pain and ache in my hears as he was 3+. But doesn't matter, we love these dogs as we love our fellow humans and the loss is not diminished because of time. But, I offer some advice that I received on this site, and you can see my THANKS post in the general discussion forum. I was going to WAIT, and almost was not going to replace Boomer. Well, replacing Sam will not bring him back nor diminish your love, as I found out replacing Boomer just yesterday. Consider it, my deepest condolences, and a new dog goes miles taking your time and energy, distracting from the depressing feelings of loss.