Very sorry to learn about your loss George. As these posts show many of us have been there. We lost Guinivere, our 14 year old hound two years ago. She was a great pal and went with me everywhere. As soon as you feel up to it I suggest you check the pet rescue programs and find another dog. He or she won't replace Thor. Even though we adopted two hounds from a rescue program five months later I still miss Guinivere but these guys are now part of the family and we love having them. You and your family are obviously true dog lovers. So many poor dogs need a good home and you should have a dog in your house.
"Christmas stays if we don't forget its meaning"