A few years ago I had to have my Chocolate Lab, Max put to sleep. He was my constant companion for over 13 years but in the last few years of his life he fought tumors and arthritis. It was painful to see a very vibrant friend deteriorate. He still ate like a horse but his movements were getting slower and finally he was very hesitant to move at all. His tail still wagged when he saw me and he would try to come to me when I came home. It was time. He was being kept alive because I could not make the decision to end his life but it needed to be done. I was with him and cried like a baby when he fell asleep for the last time. He is now in a Cherrywood box in the family room with a little plaque that has his name engraved on it.
There is another thread on the forum that asks what to do about a very very elderly horse that is loosing weight and having trouble eating hay. Rather then respond to that thread I decided to start one that may have an answer to other members that are, or will be facing that decission.
When is it time to say to yourself that your friend has had a long and wonderful life with you but is kept alive because of the difficulty in making that final choice?