I am so sorry to read this. Such a beautiful boy. I have always admired the photo you had of him as your avatar. The 'End of Watch' broke me up. So true of these guys.
RIP, Wheeler... What an accomplished life you had!
Sorry for you loss, I can see why it took some time to share this sad news...
Before his departure, I'm sure Wheeler relayed his standing orders to his other Dober pack mates, to continue their watch with your family.
Dobermans really are "on watch"- to notify us, protect us and yes, be with us every living moment, if possible.
Being new to Dobes for last 10 years, I understand now why they are so special to us, but will not truly know to what extent, until they leave us.
The dictionary should have a picture of a Doberman under the word "Devotion"... but also another under the word "Obsession"!