Last year we had to put my mastiff down. She was 11 years old and had a great long life. We also had to put our terrier down, who was 15 years old and also had a great life. A rough year to be certain. My wife decided that it was time to get another dog, as I work a lot of nights and weekends. We just added an 8 week old boxer to the family. Our first boxer. She looks like she is going to be on the large side for the breed. It's good to have another dog in the family.