My 14 year old Shih Tzu died peacefully tonight at the vet.
My wife, her family and myself all knew the end was nearing about 2 years ago as the little guy accumulated health problems but he just kept going.
I've had dogs before but unfortunately never for their entire lives. But tonight was the time I finally experienced the first hand pain of losing a dear friend.
My wife and I are understandably reeling right now and as we have two younger Shih Tzus, I know I'm going to have to experience this again in the future.
For those of you who have also lost pets, how did you cope?
If it's not too painful for you, I'd love to hear your experiences. Or even memories of your time together or the things you did to help you get through these periods.