I made the decision this past Tuesday, Jan 30th. My beautiful 15 year old black Lab named Lamas could not get up by himself anymore (and had many more problems). Now, he's sleeping peacefully in dog heaven. From there, hopefully he can see us and watch over us. This is the first loss of a loved family member for me. I've never felt like this before, it feels horrible. My husband and I have already built a memorial site for Lamas in our yard. My other doggie, Nicky, who considered Lamas as a father, is doing very well. Nicky has the energy of both and is taking it better than me... My family and friends have been very supportive. It's so hard for many of us to have to take these difficult decisions for the benefit of our loved ones--our pets, so they don't suffer anymore. Thanks for letting me vent in this forum.