When you have a friend as special as Piper, the number of years without them don't always ease the sadness. I think we develop a "new normal" as we know we will never be the same person without them. I so agree with Darleen when she says that Piper would want you to love another dog again and I too think Piper will help you to pick out the perfect one. A very kind woman posted this on the forum yesterday and it might fit this situation exactly. She didn't credit the author but I think it's beautiful
“A SECOND DOG”
Sometimes I look for traits in you
of another dog you never knew;
A dog who loved me all her/his days
and understood in special ways.
But that's not fair to you, you elf.
You're not a substitute, you’re yourself.
You've eased the loss, soothed the pain
and tugged my laughter home again.
Yet pup, at times the tears may start
when your eyes recall her/him to my heart.
You'll never lack for love it's clear.
Because of her/him you're twice as dear.
Wishing you comfort and peace always