Thank you for sharing the photos and stories about Rupert. He sounds like a wonderful member of your family. Please forgive me if this sounds strange, but I can only hope to give our Holly the life Rupert had with you. To have enjoyed his spirit for 12.5 years is just wonderful -- I can only hope to be so lucky. Yet sharing his life for so long must also make his passing extremely difficult. The loss of a pet is such a personal, piercingly painful one. I'm sure your home feels very empty, even with other dogs around. Of course they are mourning now as well -- I believe animals have souls and the capacity to feel and emote as we do.
Thank you for being an example of what a true pet owner is: a loving, nurturing caregiver who finds the strength to let your best friend go in a peaceful, painfree, dignified manner. Rupert most certainly knew how much you loved him. May Rupert and you be an example to us all.
I am so sorry for your loss.