When a friend dies the world stops for a moment and nothing seems the same. In my case, the whole universe collapsed when my best friend crossed over. So many great memories came back...and so much guilt.
Best friends accept you as you are. They wouldn't want you different. They are there in good times and in miserable ones. They listen to your problems and cuddle up with you when you're teary. They witness your kids growing up and are happy with as little time as they can give them. Best friends are great and if you ever had one you can consider yourself super fortunate.
My best friend wasn't the most handsome being in the world. He was furry...and smelly and lately he became grumpy. Just old age and cancer I guess... But even then he lived for pleasing me. And now that he's gone, amazing memories are not enough to replace sadness and tears.
Rest in peace Max. The best dog a human being can dream for. Run free and fast in heaven!