thank you to everyone who has commented - your thoughts and words mean so much.
we have been mourning our loss and missing Chloe keenly, we hate the silence of the house and the empty spot in the bed... we have had every opinion under the sun thrown our way - get another dog, wait a while, never get another dog etc... but a lovely gentleman we spoke to from Pets in Peace suggested we do what was right for us and what we needed in order to grieve.
growing up, both andrew and i always had multiple dog brothers/sisters, so in those sad occasions we lost a dog we were able to seek out the other canine members of the family for some support. now we are married and in our own home, Chloe was our only dog and we are feeling her loss worst of all as there is no other canine to snuggle with who will just love away our tears. so we discussed the possibility of adopting a new baby into the family and decided that we would when the opportunity presented itself, no matter how soon or far away.
then sunday evening we were made aware of a 10wk old cavalier king Charles spaniel who was the last in his litter to be sold. he was the runt and a sooky little thing and the breeder was being very choosy about his new home. we were put in touch with her and decided to go see him as it was impeccable timing and felt a bit like fate. we were, however, prepared to walk away if it didn't feel right or feel like it was a good fit.
however, we got there and i sat on the floor - he came right over and climbed into my lap and began licking my face. Andrew and the breeder tried to tempt him with food, toys, treats and games to run and play with them but he wouldn't leave me, coming back when i put him down off my lap. we were there like that for 15 minutes before Andrew left to find an ATM. so we ended up with a new family member - much sooner than we thought it would happen - but he is so gentle and seems to understand that i need comfort. he is beautiful. i will attach a pic...
we have also had some fairly harsh opinions flung at us by people who thought it was too soon, too much and us trying to replace chloe (not possible). the main people being andrew's parents. which is hurtful and makes the pain worse. we will try to ignore those people though...
Laura, Andrew, Gypsie, Tango and Bandit