I’m so sorry for your loss, Jaime. I lost my baby boy a little over 4 weeks ago and I’m still hurting.
Almost two weeks after I lost my boy, I hastily filled out an application to foster a dog. I didn’t know what would happen but they reached out to me just a few days later and two days later, there’s this fearful and anxious dog “invading” the space I had shared with my Jake. At first he kept me very busy, and then I started to feel that having him around wasn’t helping me grieve properly for my boy (even though it wasn’t his fault, of course, and I knew it was my choice to foster him in the first place). I’ve had him for almost two weeks now and he’s the sweetest dog and I’ve finally gained his trust but having him around helped me realize that I’m not ready to be a forever home yet. It’s been nice having a dog in the house again but I’d like to keep Jake’s space HIS space for just a little bit longer after he gets adopted. So I’m glad I did this. If not fostering, I would probably have volunteered at this shelter.
Of course, everyone is different. You do what you feel. But the advice I’ve read from those who have lost a beloved pet that has stayed with me is that we remain open, and open to love another animal. I hope this advice helps.