After my wonderfully strange dream about George the other night, I picked up the book Good Dog. Stay. by Anna Quindlen. She recounts her elderly dog Beau's decline and her choice to put him down. And well, I snuggled with Chesney and Bear on the couch and read it in one sitting, sniffling the way through.
If you've ever lost a dog, I highly recommend this book.
A quick excerpt:
Human beings wind up having the relationship with dogs that they fool themselves they will have with other people. When we are very young, it is the perfect communion we honestly believe we will have with a lover; when we are older, it is the symbiosis we manage to fool ourselves we will always have with our children. Love unconditional, attention unwavering, companionship without question or criticism.