I apologize if this is not appropriate. I just wanted my "lovers of animals" friends to know. Last night, my husband and I had to make a very difficult decision to have Herbie, our loving, sweet, almost 16 year old Bichon Frise euthanized. Everything happened so suddenly. Yesterday morning, he seemed to not be feeling well and by last night, he was in great distress. The Vet said, after working him up, that he had a stomach tumor that was leaking blood into his abdomen and he was critical. We had the choice of immediate surgery or to euthanize him. Neither my husband nor I could see putting him through major surgery, which would include exploratory to see if other organs had been invaded at his age along with dementia, loss of vision and hearing so we held him lovingly as he left this world.
This is the fourth dog we have had to put down and I have to say that it never gets easier. The only thing that helps somewhat is telling myself he is in a better place, without discomfort and free from all the old age problems.
I know we are very fortunate to have had him in our lives for almost 16 years.
Again, I hope it is okay that I posted this here and if not, then I apologize.