We adopted a new family member yesterday: Mycroft (named after Sherlock Holme's sleek brother, although our Mycroft does not appear to have a devious bone in his body!).
Mycroft is an 8-year-old dachsund--he's quite playful and he's settling into our home quite nicely. He likes to burrow under covers, like most dachsunds, and it is a hoot to see the mound of textiles moving as he shifts position. He demonstrated his badger hunting skills by hunting down and eviscerating the stuffed hedgehog we got for him.
We adoped Mycroft from Muttville in San Francisco. This fabulous organization rescues older dogs, and they do great work.
I was a little worried that we could not find room in our hearts for a new dog because memories of Shadow are still very strong, but Mycroft is his own fellow and we are already making a place for him in our family.