I volunteer at several animal services. Many times we get the calls about an elderly pet and thou they can't keep them due to finances and health issues they are unwilling to be the "bad guy and put the animal out of their misery. Here it is ladies. I give you permission. It is okay. Your pet will not hate you. It is time when they can't handle their bodily functions. PUT THE ANIMAL DOWN it is okay do not let them suffer PLEASE! Don't let their last days be in misery because you've had the pet since 2nd grade. It is your duty to CARE for the pet and that includes knowing when to let them go with grace.