My Inara is one of the best things that ever happened to me, and she was a "rebound" dog. My heart of hearts, my basset, died suddenly on Christmas Eve a number of years ago...by January, I'd already found Inara on the rescue page, and by February she was mine. I found myself spiraling into that deep depression also...and just the thought of coming home to adopt my new girl kept me afloat (I was away from home for a month...that's why she didn't come home right away). Most of my friends thought I was crazy, but now they love Inara too.
Sawyer came home not long after I lost my beloved mixed breed, Elwood, to very sudden lymphoma (like Ella). I'm not one for long drawn-out grieving periods...I just can't handle it.
No dog was ever REPLACED...they are all individuals with their own quirks and personalities. Sure, sometimes I'll say..."wow, that was just like Elwood"...but I don't compare or hold them up to each other to judge. But I'm with you...I can't have a hole in my life. I have multiple dogs, so it's not like I have just one. But each time I lose a dog...it's like something is missing from my pack and my life. You have complete understanding from me!
And now for the important part: WHAT A CUTIE!!!!!
She reminds me of a young Score!
I'm in LOVE!!!
"I don't have any idea if my dogs respect me or not, but they're greedy and I have their stuff." -- Patty Ruzzo
"Dogs don't want to control people. They want to control their own lives." --John Bradshaw