Sorry you lost Joe Joe. We had to put our black lab down when he was 12 due to a flipped stomach. Before him we had a yellow lab that we lost when she was also 12. Nala our chocolate was the runt of the litter we got her from and will be 6 this year. You are right that they are the best dogs.
Appreciated your sparkgoodie gift AND the comment - I actually have a pedicure awaiting that I have to schedule (my brother gave it to me as a gift for Christmas) - it sounds wonderful....now to schedule. I'm sure you have had experience on the bathroom cleaning end of life--they never go away and magically clean themselves (at least for me) So....thanks.