Truly, the loss of an animal is existentially impossible. There are no other beings on earth that furnish us with so much love and pleasure while demanding so little in return. Their passing is made more poignant by the absence of their auras--their loving personalities along with all their comic and entertaining qualities. Those are the vintage Golden Retriever attributes--and the attributes that led me to embrace the breed initially. Yes, I miss Maestro and Ibert deeply, but at some level I know they are both up on the Rainbow Bridge happily entertaining all the other dogs.