That is such a great idea, dallas. In the future I would like to adopt older dogs regularly, since they are often not adopted out as quickly as the young ones are. You just have to approach it differently than you would if you were adopting a younger dog, knowing that you won't have many many years together, but that you are giving the dog dignity and a loving end to their life. You can also learn a lot from an older dog, even if the time together is brief.This thread made me cry, especially because time is running out for my dear old "Chance" and it's real easy to cry at the moment. I told my husband I wasn't having any more dogs when Chance is gone, it's too painful when they leave. But after reading this thread I've changed my mind. When the time comes, I'm going to our local shelter and I'm going to pick the oldest, ugliest, least-likely-to-find-a-home, nobody-wants-me-it's-my-last-day dog and he/she will be my new pal. I know we may not have much time together but we'll have a good time together.
I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. Their time with us is never long enough, and no matter how much you try to you can never quite prepare yourself for the loss. It's so hard when you know the time is coming. Last year we had to say goodbye to our dog of sixteen years - I had gotten her when I was in kindergarten! It was very hard, but her time had come and it was for the best. One thing that made me feel a little better was donating to our humane society in her memory.