Having lost a dog recently, it was hard for me to visit this whole discussion on losing our beloved friends. I know the pain. 3 years ago I lost another one of my best friends. It's never easy to lose one of these beautiful creatures, our gifts from God, but unfortunately when we have one in our lives we have to accept the fact that they are not going to be here as long as we are. It's so tragic and even more so that it was so sudden. My heart breaks for you.