We went through much of the same after losing our boys on 12/29. We think they told us it was time to bring another dog into the house to share our love with. I was taking Luke's insulin to a senior dog rescue center and Kathy called while I was on the way there. She was in the house and heard a crashing noise. Went to look, and found that Luke and Clay's bowls had fallen off the shelf onto the floor by where they used to eat. Those bowls had been on the shelf since we lost them - there's no way they could have just slipped off.
That night we went online looking a rescue labs and found Daisy, a 6yr old sweetie. She had bounced between adopted and foster homes a couple of times before we brought her home. For some reason we don't know, Kathy went back to the rescue website 3 weeks later and saw Rosie, and just melted. Rosie is 8 years old and was abandoned by her owners. I think the boys led us to these wonderful girls and encouraged us to love again. We'd never try to replace, we just add to the family with new ones to love.
Blessed to have friends like
Ginger Bo Bud Clay Luke