I never thought I'd be so upset over losing a pet, as in the past when my cats have died I've been sad... but not heartbroken.
Nothing can prepare you for the loss of such a loyal best friend. We got patch when he was about 5. He was the most loving and caring creature I've ever met. When my cat had kittens and when she buggered off to do whatever cats do he would look after them and they would try and feed off him. It was the cutest thing I've ever seen. He did this with all 3 litters!
You'd hear him in the kitchen with the cat making a mighty racket, walk in and see he'd been planning ways to rob a chicken or some steak!
When ever we brought him back from a walk or washed him he would always lie on the floor and rub the house smell back on him or run up and down our 3 story house until he needed to pass out!
Eventually everything caught up with him! Probably all the chocolate and food he used to steal and think we didn't notice!
He was one of a kind and I miss him so much. Hopefully one day I'll have another dog that was as great as him.