Sorry to read about the loss of your dog, Mike. My condolences. We have had bush dogs for decades now, most of them gone but not forgotten. We buried them on the property and I say HI and chat with them when I'm mowing near their graves.
We allow them to share our lives, and we are the better for it. Our lives are immensely richer due to living with our canine companions. Every time we lose one, I swear off getting another dog. Then, I'm driving somewhere and I see this gorgeous, abandoned, emaciated puppy on the side of the road. You know how it goes . . .