I STILL cry over the loss of my favourite dog 5 years ago! My FOLKS still cry over the sudden death of their beloved 9 year old dog (an unknown tumour exploded during a dental cleaning, thanks to anesthetics). It will take you a LONG time to get over it.
Your dog is your best friend for excellent reasons. I'm leaving you with some mighty fine words from famous people who loved their dogs so magnificently. From Lord Byron, the words he had inscribed on a stone for his dog Botswain, a Newfoundland:
Near this spot
Are deposited the Remains of one
Who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
And all the Virtues of Man without his Vices.
This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery
If inscribed over human ashes,
Is but a just tribute to the Memory of
BOATSWAIN, a DOG
Who was born at Newfoundland, May, 1803,
And died at Newstead, Nov 18th, 1808.
Here is a link to an AMAZING piece by George Graham Vest, an attorney in 1855 who prosecuted a man that shot and killed another man's dog (and won the case--the jury was rendered into a sobbing mass after this speech!):
DOGS ARE MAGIC. Cats are too, probably. I am crying for you as I sit here, knowing my pain, my folks' pains, my husband's pain over the loss of his giant, 150 lb love bug are now YOUR pains as well. There is nothing that will stop you from re-living your own pain as you come into contact with others who cry over their losses. We all share this exceptional grief for exceptional beings.
Time will give you some relief--you cry less often. But 4 years from now?....THANK GOD you will be moved so deeply at the sudden memory of your beloved dog and you WILL cry anew!! It is a measure of your bond and the size of your heart. Let it happen....
What helped my heartbroken father was I made a photo album of his favourite dog to keep by his bedside...just the very coolest shots I had taken of his gorgeous Molly. I STILL can't bring myself to make one for myself of my favourite dog from 5 years ago!!!!
Don't rush into getting a new dog. Grieve first, get comfortable, and then see where you are if you think you are ready. Because you must remember--you WILL go through this again with the next dog.
Best of luck to you in every way--driving, school, grieving over your dog.