We lost our long time Beagle companion Athena today. Old age was the culprit. She was one of our best dogs ever. Her buddy Beagle passed to the other side a couple of years ago. Athena was our daughter Noelle's pet. When she went off to Rice University we just kept Athena since she was happy in our home.
We probably wont get another dog. We have had one or two at a time since we met in 1975. Bobbi and I are now content with our cats Ajax and Hermes. They are not so needy and are very social. Also, after watching some friends our age who just got a puppy I am not certain I would have the energy to deal with it.