Miranda and I also have only good thoughts to send your way. We lost our American Eskimo Snowy prior to getting our Basenji. We were very attached to the Eski as we are to the Basenji. When your dog gets to the point where their health is seriously failing its a very difficult time for the owners and the dog. Since we all love our pets we certainly want them to live as long as possible, but it is a double edged sword. At what point do we know if we are doing the best for our pets. It is a hard decision that every pet owner is faced with sooner or later. Sometimes love is finding the ability to let go. We certainly did not want our Eski to suffer any more or live in possible pain. Of course it is a very hard decision and everyone's circumstances are different.
When Snowy stopped eating, became lathargic, and had trouble holding his water, I looked at Miranda and said "I think we need to do what is best for him." So we took Snowy to the Vet to have tests run and sought advice. Based on that advice we made the decision to let Snowy go because we certain did not want him to live in pain, hunger, or deteriorate where his personality totally disappeared. The hardest part for us, was making that decision and staying with our beloved pet during that time. In the end we know inside that we did the best for our pet. We know we did all we could to provide love, attention and the best quality of life for him and that of course is the most important thing you can do for your pet.
We are certain you are doing the same for yours as well.
Jason and Miranda