Hey, T D sounds like you already realize that another dog is in your future. It's always tough loss.... My bass player just lost his golden of 14yrs. My wife called our last dog "the world's best dog" we got a new dog about 6 months later. We've had Mabel abt 3 yrs No took my wife about 2 yrs to stop saying" she's a good dog~but she's no Ellie". You'll know when the time is right!