She was 16 and amazing for her age, but it was Time. And she slipped away with so much dignity - she was ready. But my heart aches, nine of the other dogs will come for a cuddle - they're cuddling each other, and it can't bear to tell DS1 and 2 tonight.
Thank you all. Have told the boys, and now need to spend tonight nursing the dog shaped hole in my heart. I still can't get over how dignified she was at the end. Never a snuggler, she just curled into my arms as they began. She knew, and let me knew it was all okay.