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.