All of this is drivel...... Really. People are gonna buy what they want for all of their own reasons, even if/when it is regulated by Gum'Ment. I used to drive a more-polluting diesel simply because it had more power (although the Urea-injection to lessen emissions I could have lived without). It also ate me out of house and home. Now I drive an IC car getting about 30mpg. Meh.
I am truly sorry for the loss of your pup, @Michael Pickett. I had to look that breed up and they are magnificent animals - Wicked smart, too. We had full-size Collies for decades (we used them to herd the kids and their friends around the yard when they were small) and then a pair of the mellow-est, loving-est Jack Russells ever, anywhere.
Every time I lost a dog to old age it was like tearing out my heart and trampling on it - We were losing a devoted family member and it hurt. The hurt subsides after a while and you have some nice memories - old photos help - but it's not the same. I can't do that anymore, so I'm dog-less for the first time in my whole life. Sometimes I would like another, but then I remember the vet bills and boarding fees and the cost of special dog food because of Cushings disease in both of the Jacks and think it is OK to offer to be a dog-sitter for the neighbors and then see them go home.
Still, we always carry dog treats with us when we walk the neighborhood in hopes of seeing any of the dozen or so being walked daily here. Big or small, they all get treats from the Nichols' and they are all our special friends.
God Bless, Mike.
Be strong. gn