He was dearly loved and brought about sunshine where ever he went. Also, I saw his other R.I.P. picture and read your comment. What the church said was bull. Animals full well have souls and are as important as we humans are to one another. We give them love in exchange for theirs. That unconditional unselfish love we seek through companionship from others given to us so easily by them that we take comfort in knowing throughout our lifetimes that we know what true love is always eternal. You will see him again and from then on along with your other loved ones you will truly be happy.
Bless him. I'm so sorry Hoschie. I really do sympathize as my little one, Smudge, was about the same age and he went to sleep for the last time in June this year. We buried him with a pretty little rose bush. I think that this resting place you made for Herr Hildezart is really beautiful.