I am so grateful for all the words of condolences and support. I also loved seeing all the beautiful GSD's, as you post. Kodiak will be gone 3 weeks tomorrow. I am reminded of the times we spent together. 3 weeks ago I was sleeping on the couch and I had him on our big white chair butted up against the couch. Through the night I would feel a paw, a nose, or something touching me. He kept reaching out.
He was one great, smart, strong dog. We used to play hockey. At least, our version of it. When he was a puppy, he had a big red, rubber bone. It was quite heavy and he would pick it up and hit balls with it. We did it so often that whenever I picked up a hockey stick, he would get the bone and usually find the ball too.
I have rocks edging my gardens in the back yard. He thought it was his purpose in life to rearrange all the rocks. At times, it was like walking through a mine field. There were rocks all over. The best was in the spring when I mulched. I didn't have to remove any rocks, he did it for me. I just mulched and replaced them.
Of course, he loved the belly rubs. Couldn't walk past him without his asking for one, and me giving it. I miss it. I miss our car rides. I miss his big, soft, furry, body. I have a whole bunch of free time now. I used to spend a lot of time with that dog. That's what made him so great.
Love your dogs, hold your dogs. Don't ever take today for granted. I didn't and I know that. Some times it's just hard.