Oh, damnit. I am not of the mood for sentiments but this post of yours just bitch-slapped me upside the head.
Even her name suggested a dignity that prevents a mushy knee-jerk reaction from me. Edith Ann.
Well ... the Rainbow Bridge is a sweet euphemism for me but my science mind does not sincerely entertain such things ... anymore. On the other hand, I know the unconditional love of a pet ... that is a pure reality that defies the spoil of well-intentioned human intellectualized and romanticized ... erm ... bullshit.
And, on that note, I offer my real life experienced sympathy and empathy.
I have been out of LJ Town for a couple of weeks and am just now seeing your post. Sherry and I always have had dogs—and cats, over the past several years—so we know how tough your loss is. If you haven't done it already, write down all the good things you can remember about her before the memories fade.