I lost my Shih Tzu recently, I loved her so much my heart ached, She had a severe stroke that left her paralyzed. After all kinds of tests to the tune of $4000, MRI ultrasound, and many test and days in the hospital she had not improved and we came to the horrible choice of what to do. We decided because we loved her so to treat Molly with dignity and set her free of her pain. The grief I felt was all consuming, I cried constantly. I miss her so. I just got a young Shipoo, he will never take my Princess Molly's place in my life or my heart, but he does make he smile, he is a rescue pup from down south who was abused, he needed love and I needed a furry baby to hug and share my love with. That might not be everyone's choice, but I think is depends on the person.