This winter when Mist started having such bad days, and the reality of her age SLAPPED me in the face I had this thought. She's always been VERY INFANT of any kind loving and protective. We have lost two dogs this year. A Siberian Husky someone literally cut the lock on my gate and took her--(she was too friendly for her own good) then an 11 year old Beagle that passed a few months ago...Anyway, I thought, wow her age is setting in, and I have to believe that they must feel at some point they feel they "lose" their purpose so to speak, when their age and aches and pains get to them. Her main purpose is watching every move I make and following "herding" me, and she is still able to do that on good days.., but she LOVES to be the boss of something--She watched over her sisters constantly..She didn't even have to move usually, they could do something wrong and look at her and her glare would stop them I swear lol. We even had adopted a stray cat one time who was preggo and when the cat had the kittens, she STOLE them and moved them into her bed in my room. Then the cat stole them back--then misty--it was exhausting til we found them homes..haha..ANYWAYS, my husband and I thought about a new baby for her. I kinda think (or thought) it would be good companionship for her and fill her JOB duties, as you know they are VERY serious about their work. And I wonder if it would keep her active(Mentally) and stimulated more. SIGH--So is this normal>? Im TERRIFIED if we do this--As MUCH of an animal lover as I am--But because AS MUCH as I love MISTY-----what if when she;s gone----I resent the new pup?? I know when her time comes, it is going to be a grief and mourning I have never experienced. I have had many pets that i ADORED and LOVED whole heartedly over the years. But Misty is my SOUL dog...No other dog will measure to her and I fear what changes it will make in me when she passes. The only hope, would be that they bonded quickly, and I could see the love Misty had for the new pup, and then it might feel like it was part of her. However, being Im not SURE how she would go for this, I don't know that would happen, and Im CERTAIN I will not want any dog quite some time after she passes.....Anyone had similar feelings or situations?