How do you handle
the loss of a long time pet and when do you replace it?
We've had cats, dogs, and horses. Had to deal with the loss of all of them. Some traumatic, some due to selling.
None were easy and most were unplesant. I am a pretty tough SOG(son of a gun), but I cried every time.
Our solutions were to replace the lost pet/horse fairly soon. We replaced the lost pet/horse with a new/different animal. Not as a replacement for the lost one's personality/relationship, but as a new adventure to take. That never detracted from the memory/love for the lost animal , it just started a new relationship. That helped us fill the void and go on more quickly.