We bought all of the aforementioned items for Tuesday on Saturday.
No real surprise here: We're keeping her.
While there are many differences between her and her, we still do find ourselves freaked out by the appearance similarities from time to time. But she needs us, and that was the agreement: We would wait for a dog who needed us, and us specifically. Who else is going to adopt a 5-year-old, 60-something-pound dog? (In the last three months, no one.)
She truly isn't a "replacement." The grief, though subtle, is still around.
But Tuesday is around, too. She is gentle, and sweet, and beautiful, and she has a home now.