Thank you everyone for the kind thoughts and words about our loss. It was a comfort to us all. Today marked one week since Nala's been gone and I received a sign this morning that she is happy in heaven. I went for a jog in the morning and on my normal route I crossed paths with two Golden Retrievers and they happened to be the only dogs I saw on my run. One was patiently waiting outside for its owner who was in a store. I stopped and pet her/him and set off on my way choking back the tears. Then I reached the park and coming up a hill was this beautiful, tail wagging Golden named Bachi. I asked to pet her and the owner obliged. As I shared my story with the owner I couldn't help the tears but Bachi let me hug her and it felt soooo good. My husband and I aren't ready to have another pet but I'm sure once the kids start asking we'll give it another thought.
(The picture is a gift we received from my sister and family of a Willow Tree angel. It is the Angel of Friendship. I love, love, LOVE this gift and the card in the background was from our neighbor who is this dear 84 year old adopted grandpa.)