I had to have one of my labradors put to sleep yesterday. She was 13 years old and her name was Ria. She was a very very gentle girl and wouldn't hurt a fly. In the end her heart just gave out and she was finding it hard to breathe, we decided it would be better for her to let her go.
I awoke during the night and I couldn't get back to sleep because I was so upset and I got up this morning and she wasn't there lying in her usual place, that set me off again.
I console myself that she has had a wonderful life, she was the apple of my eye and got most of her own way lol lol.
I will never forget her, she was a wonderful friend to me and my family and it was a priviledge to have known her for thirteen years.