Today we had to have our oldest dog put to sleep. Bruno had been with us for over 14 years and a truer friend you could not ask for. He never complained. He was the most laid back dog I have ever come into contact with.
For the past 6 months he had gone down hill fairly rapidly and we knew it was coming. For the last couple of months his ability to get up and move around was almost nonexistent. He would on occasion get up and walk a bit. For the past two days when we would go by the yard or go out to bring him and our other two dogs in Bruno would have gotten up and found a corner or hiding place. It appeared he was trying to find a place to die.
Today my wife called our vet and told him she thought it was about time. Dr. Doug asked a couple of questions and then paused to regain his composure. He said that it appeared we should bring Bruno in. Leah explained that the last time we had carried Bruno to the vet our other two had sat by the gate waiting for his return and that we had decided we wanted Bruno to die at home so that Bing and Baxter could have some closure. He agreed and we decided that Dr. Doug would come by after lunch and give Bruno the injection so that the other two would know Bruno was gone. It appears they understand. When I came home both were close by and one stayed with me while I dug a grave and the other laid by Bruno's body. After I buried him neither has done more than walk by the grave. They seem to have accepted that Bruno is not here.
This had worked better for us too. My wife and I both seem to have accepted his death more easily than I expected. We both know that he has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is on the other side waiting for us. It was a good run and we look forward to seeing him again.