Laurel sent me the link to this video and it made me cry, but good cry.
There are some dogs in this world, usually your own dog, who have such a link with their human, such empathy, and what appears to be love and devotion that it completely transcends understanding. I can't explain it, probably no one can...but when you have it - you know that this is the lifetime dog.
I've had many dogs. Dogs I love, and who loved me and we kept each other company. But I had one dog who was just so special, so doggy and so human, such a companion and a friend - that I haven't been able to even try to replace him. I don't know if I could settle for just another dog/human relationship knowing what that lifetime dog relationship can be.
An I over the top? Maybe...but it's unexplainable.