Place the call to the vet to have my old dog put down. Getting him into a vehicle was never good even when he was younger, always the risk of getting bitten. I await the call from the vet. The dog is almost 12, old for a large breed. His strength has been waning for some time. He's been very protective of me and would offer that I grab his scruff when the footing was bad. Somehow his big claws could always find traction. Of late, I've been helping him. I shall miss him. It's time.
When it's time, it's time. Be glad that you can offer the release for him. We did the same for our 14 yr old Rottie/Shepherd cross a couple of years ago. When it's time, it's the best to be firm in the decision.
The old dog is gone. It was odd to do morning feeding and him not accompanying me. I automatically checked his water dish. I did experience a sense of great relief last evening. I had decided several months back I wouldn't take him in to winter and I did but yesterday I realized I needed to make the call.
Big ((((HUGS)))) it is always so hard to let an old friend go. Back in the summer I said I wouldn't let 14 year old Muttley go through another winter, but since the snow is down he seems to have found a new lease on life again