Jim & Kathy, my sincere condolences.
After we had to put our golden retriever to sleep several years ago, I told the missus that I didn't want to go through that heartache again, and told myself that I never wanted a pet again. That didn't last long. Sango, our goldendoodle will never replace Brodie (the retriever) but we ended up with another great dog.
Chap , DW Joy, and Fur Baby Sango
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