sorry for your loss. as a proud daddy to three dogs that i love, and having to put to sleep my first dog a few years ago, i know how close we get to those lovable furry creatures.
marley and me is a grat book. i couldnt help but notice a comparison to the book and heving a dog. the book was 15 or so chapters that make you laugh 'til you cry; the last chapter you cry due to sadness. with a dog, you get 15 or so years of bliss, and then with the last chapter of their life, sadness. sadness, along with great memories. i think its a good trade off, dont you?