Sorry to hear that. My dog, Peggy lived to around about 13 years, and as she grew ill with cancer, she would just stay in her basket or under the kitchen table.
It was a tragic thing to see, as before she was such an animated dog. Near the end she seemed to lose all will to move about and went off her food. It may sound odd, but she seemed to become very forgetful and after a while she stopped recognising us.
We had her put down at the vets the next day, as it seemed really cruel to have her still alive, yet 'not there' in all mental respects. I think it was the best thing to do by her.
Of course for me and my family, it was a terrible time. I had grown up with Peggy, and missed her so much afterwards. I wished she'd had puppies in order to keep part of her alive, however that didn't happen.
I still think of her a lot.
Well, I hope all goes well for your family, it'll be a sad time.
[Edited 2006-09-22 17:10:23]
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