It's not hard to feel that every dog I ever had extended me the privilege to have been loved. That is what they show us. Tricks are things they let us teach them because they know what makes us feel good about ourselves. But you cannot teach a dog to sleep curled up around your feet, or tell you with that fading look that its time has come. I believe if they could talk they would tell you in a whisper, as losses go, it's them who'll miss you more just so as not to break your heart.