No more dogs for us. It’s too painful.
It's my personal opinion that there is no other animal out there that can come close to matching let alone surpass the dog in its capacity to love and its longing for companionship. That their loss can bring so much pain is a testament to how much dogs' love for us and our love for dogs can profoundly affect us. I can't fault you for not wanting to open yourself to that kind of pain again, in fact I'm getting kind of emotional thinking about your post, but its wonderful to know that the dogs in your life were a blessing and that you're so moved by their loss tells me that you were an equal blessing in their lives.
I don't know what else to say at the moment, so I'll leave it there.