Too bad that you had to give up your puppy. It really is hard. I'll bet though, that you can call up a memory of him riding the puppy and it can always make you smile!
Our youngest daughter used to have a friend like that, her name was Brittany. She was a 28 pound dachshund/beagle mix. Missy used to sit and use my leftover Sunday school and Bible school materials and "teach" the dog. I think that is why she is such a good reader.....ahhhh yes, the sweet memories :)
We have a real spoiled puppy (see my avatar) named Hero who lays at (on) my feet when I am sewing....and of course, one or both of the cats need to be on top of whatever I am working on! Did you ever try using a foot pedal with an 82 pound snoozing puppy on your foot???? :lol: