So sorry it is such a hard thing. I don't see things getting much better for me but I'm about to adopt or trial adopt another dog. I hope I like him, it's not supposed to be a replacement for the dog that died but I can't see how I can't expect him to fulfill some of that role in my life.
I'm no better and it's too quiet here so friends think a new dog to pet will help me. I hope he does otherwise if it is not a good fit they said I can try for 2 weeks and can return if it is not working out. I know that sounds mean but it's okay he is in foster care at a house and not in a cage.
I am very sorry it seems like the pain just stays ...we miss our little friends so much- life is completely different as you say- all the rituals in your life you associate with your pet are completely changed. This is what makes it so difficult.
Lisa, I think it is a wonderful thing you are doing, taking in that dog.
I think this pain is going to last a long time. It's so hard to get your head around the fact that they are gone. I am retiring in December and was so happy to think I'd be spending more time with my boy, but God had other plans. My wife and I are going to wait about a year and are thinking about getting two dogs. We just can't do it right now.
I hope the dog you are taking in brings you some comfort. Please post and let us know how it goes. Take care.