My dad took the dog to the vets eearlier.
She hasn't been eating hardley at all lately, even stuff she really liked and she had been sick a couple of times today.
She is old about 16 and deaf, plus has arthritis in her legs.
Am waiting for my dad to ring me. My brother said he has come home without her but went straight over to the neighbours house so he doesn't know one way or the other.
Can't believe I am upset about a dog, but we had her after my mum left as she'd never allowed us a dog and she is such a lovely dog, so gentle. She used to lie under my chair whilst i ate my breakfast before school, waiting for the corners of me peices of toast.
So sorry to hear this, nutcracker. I have never had to face this dilemma as we moved around so much we always had to give our pets away rather than watch them grow old - sad in itself but at least we knew they were still alive. DH has had to go with his mum a couple of times in past years to the vet with their elderly dogs when the time has come.
The one thing he always said when he returned was at least for animals we have the choice to assist them out of their pain/ misery etc.
Feel for you, we may have to make a similar decision about our old dog soon, we've had her 12 years and she was 3 when we got her, but we were never sure if she was just turned 3, or almost 4. She has had arthritis now for a long time and the past few weeks i've had to have her sleeping in the kitchen as she had been peeing (not every day) and she is so stiff at getting up, that when she pees at night she just lies in it!
She was at the vets last month and she said that for her age the dog is great, she eats well, drinks well and still goes for a walk, although she only gets 5 5minute walks a day.
Sorry for hijacking your thread nutcracker, was feeling a bit sad when i read your post and it got me thinking about our dog