My sincere condolences, QS.
Rest in Peace, Chip.
They aren't people, but they ARE Family, and it really hurts when they go. I had to put my cat buddy Moe down last October, and it still hurts.
When you are ready to get another dog, PLEASE consider the Humane Society or a Pet Rescue Org. There are untold thousands of dogs and cats just waiting for a loving home like yours. Saving the life of just one of them is a wonderful thing to do. (I hope this isn't inappropriate to say during your time of loss, it's just something I believe in very much.)