To everyone who has responded to this thread, my family and I deeply appreciate your thoughts and kind words. This is the second time that I have had to pull the plug on my best 4 legged friend. In both cases, it was the right thing to do. However, it never gets any easier and if it does, then you never truly loved them. I believe that when you take ownership of a pet, you have signed a contract with that pet. For all the companionship, love and good times they provide to you, they only want one thing. That is for you to love and care for them and do everything in your power to never let them suffer. I did this for both of my dogs, Buster a mixed Lab and Kona my Chocalate Lab. I know in my heart that they are in a better place without pain and suffering. Thanks to all for reminding me that while you never will forget them as time goes on, it is the memory of the good times you had with them that heals the heart. Just like Buster, I am having him privately creamated and he will always be in our home. There will be another dog in my life at some point in time, but right now my wife needs time to deal with losing her baby boy. Kona and I wish that everyone has clear skies, calm winds and tight lines thru out the 2012 fishing season. I truly can not thank you all enough for you kind responses.