I'm so sorry about your impending loss, Lynn!
Our pets are members of the family and the sorrow and grieving process is the same as it is for humans!
I lost my beloved basset hound, Emily, a few days before my hyst. in December. We were ALL depressed, especially her doggy brother, Chaucer, who lost his playmate! A little later, I came across a collie rescue group on the web and half-heartedly sent in an application. I didn't hear anything for two months and even forgot that I had sent the application! Then, one day in February, I received an email from the rescue saying my application had been approved! They had called my vet and checked my references, which I didn't realize!
Two weeks ago, we brought Shane, a blind collie, home! He had been in rescue for nearly a year and a half because of his numerous health/neglect issues and then because no one wanted a blind dog! When I had my choice of the collies available, I have to admit that at first I passed him by, too. But something kept sending me back to his bio and picture and the doubts changed to, "Why not?"
I think it was Emily speaking to my heart! I always feel her close by and know that she felt very loved in her time with us. I can't help but believe that she saw our pain after her death and guided us to another dog who really needed a home. Our new collie, Shane, has fit into the family incredibly well and Chaucer isn't depressed anymore! The change in him has been profound!
Your little Hoover may be passing on, but he will never truly leave you! In fact, he might have some surprises in store for you to help you in your sadness!