It's interesting how that grief has affected me. I'm not the type that views animals as children, but they ARE members of the family, and they DO have a way of grabbing your heart. And it hurts when they have to go.
Missing Mesh (his name was Gilgamesh) has sort of had a domino affect and made me miss my other dog, Princess, who died in 2003 (she thought I was her puppy. She and I had a really close bond), and now I'm really missing Cora. I'm learning as I go through this that there are many different circumstances for grief, and many different expressions for grief, but in the end it's the same. It always hurts.
So rest in peace, Gilgamesh Ruff Hill. You will be very missed.