And if adopting an elderly dog means that heartbreak will likely come sooner than it otherwise would, Herring says she wouldn't give up this time for all the world.
Not just because she and her now husband were able to give their crabby, elderly dog the life she deserves, that she might not have otherwise gotten. But because Bubbe's changed their lives as well.
If previously they could come and go as they pleased - out to dinner anytime, or even moving to a new city - those days are over for now. Because of Bubbe, who needs walks, and vet visits, and to be tended to and pampered.
"It sounds like a chore, but it's actually what makes our lives more meaningful," says Herring.
"Before Bubbe, it was just the two of us," she says. "She's made the two of us into a family."