Kayc, what you wrote is more helpful than you might know. Jasmine was my soulmate too. I didn't mention that everything reminds me of Jasmine. She was with me every day and my little shadow. Through the years we just kind of knew our routines -- how she gently woke me up by putting her paw on me with light pressure. From the way I opened doors to folding laundry to watching TV -- we had a routine so all of these movements/routines trigger me. It's interesting that you mentioned that because right now the most difficult part of losing Jasmine for me.
You have gone through a lot of heart break. I am so sorry. Your Arlie filled a void for you -- our furbabies are sometimes our little therapists, aren't they? Their unconditional love heals our hearts.
I understand why people keep telling me that I need another dog because I keep telling them how much I enjoyed being with Jasmine but ... I don't think they understand just how much that was due to a special connection with her. That doesn't just happen. She had the perfect personality to go with mine. Did you get another pet? How are you doing 9 months later?
It does help to talk and I thank you so much for the interaction. I know I needed this. I'll go search for your story now.