"I also miss the night snack we had together....a couple of pieces of white cheddar popcorn..."
Aah, that brings back memories of my Diego. He too, loved white cheddar popcorn. SkinnyPop.
Like you said, "...the memories will give you a smile instead of a tear."
I, too, believe that we will be reunited with our beloved pets. I have the ashes of two dear cats. When I die, my Will will state that I want my ashes commingled with theirs, then scattered somewhere sunny and warm.