So sorry about your friend. Said a special prayer for him. Very glad he has you for a friend.
Onto all of you all that are considering dogs......PLEASE visit your local animal shelter before you shell out big bucks to puppy mill breeders or pet stores that buy from puppy mills. That's my plea. And our dog saga, DH has been upset because his bird dog also named "Pepper" died a couple months back. She was very old, but mostly a good dog. She ate and killed her fair share of MY chickens which made me not like her so much, but she was an English Setter & she was a BIRD dog, so, it was in her nature & I just accepted it and blamed DH for bringing her home knowing we had chickens 1st. Anyway, he asked me the other day if I think it would be OK if he got another bird dog pup...............I said NO! I am always the passive one, but this time I put my foot down. No way am I going thru that drama. If and when we decide to get a new dog, we are going to the shelter. The day Pepper got lose & the dog pound got her, DH went to pick her up & all of those dogs sitting in cages......it was very overwhelming.