I just lost my darling West Highland Terrier. The place seems empty and I miss her so much. Does anyone have a similar experience and how did they deal with it - I want another dog, but I get conflicting advice. Either that it's too soon, or that I should get one right away. The thing is, she is irreplaceable - she was a unique little dog, as all pets are. I know that I want to fill the gap she's left, but is that wrong? My daughter says it's too soon, that it would be a betrayal. Part of me wants to just hold a dog so that I can maybe fantasise a little bit (without losing touch with reality) and pretend it hasn't happened. Eventually, I think that the new dog would become special in its own right...but it would certainly get a lot of loving right from the off. I was on holiday when it happened, and I feel so bad that I wasn't here.