Sorry for the loss of your dog. Very sad.
I like the story by Earl Hamner. It was made into an epside of the Twiliight Zone. The episode views exactly like the story.
"This is the world we are born into -- we should never let that slip away from us. May it never cease to stimulate, inspire and humble us." from Stalking & Still-Hunting: The Ground Hunter's Bible by G. Fred Asbell