Thank you everyone for your comforting words. I breathed a sigh of relief after this dream, however I did awake out of sleep at 3:00 am and could not help but cry. It was so real, his face and smile. It took nearly 10 months for me to receive a sign that he was okay and I finally did. In the dream I was hysterical crying and he popped out of nowhere to let me know he was there and perfectly fine. I wanted to touch him, but that other old dog distracted me and I woke up. I am thinking the other dog was him at the end of his life as he had become old, sick and just not as cheerful and shiny as he was when he was young. I am only re-analyzing the dream and so glad that it finally came to me. I hope everyone else here experiences what I did.