It has been over six years since I lost one of my best friends, a 70 pound chocolate Labrador Retriever named Tiger. I fished and hunted more with him than with any other being. His last year was very difficult and required nearly constant attention. I had a tough time having him finally put down. I said then that I didn't think I could do it again.
Now, well... maybe. Tomorrow I'm going to drive over to the coast to take a look at a few Lab pups. Perhaps I'll bring one home.