On reading this post, I am wondering if Bert and his boxers would have been the person we would see each morning strolling his dogs down from the Crab Island area to the small cove below. We stay in the Harbour Club and would see him most mornings and watch for a while whilst he threw sticks and made them stay and come to him. I think they were two boxers but couldn't be certain as from a distance. Funny thing is that we didn't see him the last time so this makes me think it probably was.
I am very sorry to hear the sad news as a dog lover myself but pleased to hear that you are thinking of a suitable resting place.